ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 09, 1972
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(Studio) President Nixon addresses Congress on State of the World.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) Achievements during past year cited: breakthrough in relations with China; Berlin agreement with Russia; hopes for repairing relations with India; considering recognition of Bangladesh; and peace plan for Vietnam. President Aide Kissinger tells reporters Senator McGovern's criticism of Vietnam peace plan calls for joining enemies in overthrowing South Vietnam Thieu regime, but says McGovern's motivation was sincere and patriotic. [NIXON - does not question patriotism of those who disagree with his Vietnam peace policies, but says candidates for President have higher responsibility than ordinary critics. They should wait until after election, not say anything that might make enemy prolong war.] Admin. expects criticism to escalate during Tet offensive.
REPORTER: Bill Gill
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