ABC Evening News for Friday, Mar 17, 1972
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(Studio) President candidates react to Nixon's busing proposals.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) Excepting Alabama Governor George Wallace, president candidates avoid busing topic, preferring to discuss other issues.
(Birmingham, Alabama) [WALLACE - calls for executive action to end children already being bused. Says his campaign effected action by president]
(Detroit, Michigan) [Senator Hubert HUMPHREY - finds very little new in plan of President Justifies busing only to improve quality of a child's education.]
(Champaign, Illinois) [Senator Edmund MUSKIE - says President' plan halts busing to achieve racial balance, but busing has not been ordered for racial balance, but to eliminate discrimination. Says Federal share in education costs has declined during this administration]
(Moline, Illinois) [Senator George MCGOVERN - says plan representatives collapse of President leadership, jerking rug from under his own Supreme Court (as busing decision was written by his nomination, Justice Burger).]
(DC) [Senator Henry JACKSON - says plan is dangerous, going beyond busing issue, as direct attack on Bill of Rights. Calls for Constitution amendment.] Busing issue reveals much about candidates. Stands of candidates on busing reviewed.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
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