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Democratic Convention / Seating Fight #1339

ABC Evening News for Monday, Aug 19, 1968
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(Studio) Credentials Committee opens mtgs. with regard to challenges of 1/5 of delegates and alts.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Chicago, Illinois) 962 delegates in 15 states challenged on their seating right. Different issues involved. Loyal Democrats of Mississippi challenge regular Democrats due to loyalty and racial discrimination. Challengers' leaders are: Charles Evers, brother of Medgar, liberal publisher, Hodding Carter III and Dr. Aaron Henry who led 1964 delegate fight. [Loyalist cnsl. Jack YOUNG - says regular Democrats won't support philosophy or candidate of party Some delegates supporting other political factions.] Reg. group led by Governor John Bell Williams has 1 black in its 68 member group. Loyalists are 1/2 and 1/2. [Reg. cnsl. Charles CLARK - says regular Democrats come here in full compliance with call of convention Complied with letter and spirit of conv.] Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and Senators Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern support loyalists. Equal Rights committee of national committee says regular party not allowed all voters to take point in party affairs.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter;
Smith, Howard K.

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