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Fortas Nomination / Senate Vote / Reaction #197829

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 01, 1968
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(Studio) Senator sets aside nomination of Abe Fortas to be Chief Justice after 45-43 vote fails to cut off debate.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Admin. needed 59 votes to cut off debate. [Senator Robert GRIFFIN - feels President should withdraw nomination; would be in best interests of court and US.] [Senator Everett DIRKSEN - says vote means you don't get to nomination. When things disclosed that have impact on national interest, it constitutes public service (in reference to question about Griffin).] Earlier when Dirksen was asked if Griffin had performed public service, he said it wasn't disservice. Monday afternoon, sponsored by Senator Jack Miller, obscene films shown in capitol building showing link between Fortas and Supreme Court of availability of films. [Senator Philip HART - calls it obscene to sit around and watch dirty movies and decide who'll be Chief Justice.] Senator Mike Mansfield to announce Thursday whether nomination to be withdrawn.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Studio) President Johnson believes major Senator would vote for Fortas if allowed to vote directly. No plans to withdraw nomination.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Mudd, Roger

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