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Congress / Elections / Ford / Fortas #1974

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 04, 1968
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(Studio) Congress back at work after convention recesses.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Congress will be like 1 giant political rally. Almost all House seats up for reelection. Feared 3 way Presidential race will throw election to House [Minority leader Representative Gerald FORD - says likely no Presidential candidate will get majority electoral vote. House would have to decide.] [Senator Gaylord NELSON - says convention system not responsive to public will. Commission should examine proposed convention reforms and nationwide primary.] Senators face weeks of filibuster over nomination of Abe Fortas as chief justice. [Senator Robert GRIFFIN - says strength growing. Believe they'll be successful in allowing next President to make these appointments.] Fortas' confirmation chances slim due to upcoming elections. Elections will make it harder to pass tougher gun control law and foreign aid probably be cut. Senator ratification of nuclear nonproliferation treaty clouded by Czechoslovakia invasion.

Clark, Bob;
Reynolds, Frank

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