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John Lindsay / Party Switch #16621

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 11, 1971
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(Studio) New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay changes party affiliation from Republican to Democrat; may seek Democrat president nomination
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(NYC) [LINDSAY - says Republican Party has moved so far from policies he considers necessary, can no longer work within it; Democratic Party offers best hope for change in national direction, leadership; intends to work to build coalition for peace and justice; doesn't know if will run for President]
REPORTER: Bill Brannigan

(Studio) White House Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler answers "no comment" to questions concerning Lindsay party switch.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) [Senator Edmund MUSKIE - welcomes Lindsay to Democratic Party.] [Senator Henry M. JACKSON - says Lindsay welcome in Democratic Party, but cannot expect to become "bd. chairperson" right away.] [Senator Hubert H. HUMPHREY - thinks Lindsay represents trend of turning away from Nixon administration; says could support Lindsay as Democrat president nomination] [Senator George S. McGOVERN - hopes Lindsay will nominate McGovern at 1972 Dem. conv.] [Senator Robert DOLE - says has no personal criticism of Lindsay; Lindsay hasn't been active Republican for long time.]

Brannigan, Bill;
Reasoner, Harry;
Smith, Howard K.

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