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ABC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 16, 1972
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(Studio) President Nixon to announce school busing policy on television at 10:00 p.m. EST.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(White House) President will ask Congress to enact new antibusing laws limiting distance school children can be driven and calling for halt on court ordered busing until constitutional issues more clearly defined. Plan will call for upgrading poor inner city schools to level of those in affluent suburbs. Only handful of black Federal Nixon appointees conferred with President on plan. SCLC's Ralph Abernathy says petition from 7 black civil rights leaders to Nixon, requesting conference on plan, was never answered. [Executive Director NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) , Roy WILKINS - says President has not consulted with NAACP. Says President has no right to use power of White House in partisan dispute, abandoning role as President of all the people.] Aides say Nixon was not influenced by Florida primary straw vote, but he summoned speech writers to retreat at Camp David, Maryland, day after election, and reversed decision not to televise speech.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(Studio) President's address to be on television live tonight.

Jarriel, Tom;
Smith, Howard K.

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