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Vietnam Plank / Johnson Policy / Hearings #1359

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 20, 1968
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(Studio) President Johnson in Veterans of Foreign Wars speech said he wouldn't further deescalate war unless enemy does. Three anti-war Senators testify before Democratic platform committee for Democratic Party to repudiate LBJ's Vietnam policies.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) [Senator George MCGOVERN - urges that military involvement of United States in Vietnam be ended. Urges United States to adopt foreign policy saying no more Vietnams. Propose Americans in Vietnam be reduced to 250,000, who'll gradually be withdrawn.] [Chairperson Senate Foreign Relations Committee J. William FULBRIGHT - says American presence in Vietnam due to honest but serious policy errors. Civil war there doesn't affect US security. Democratic Party commits self to seeking peace settlement based on principle of self-determination and neutralization. Feels United States should stop North Vietnam bombing and call for cease-fire.] A lot of platform members will support LBJ. LBJ's speech did a lot to help write plank.
REPORTER: John Scali

Reynolds, Frank;
Scali, John

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