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Presidential Debates / Bill Dies #197856

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Oct 10, 1968
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(Studio) Republican opposition kills bill to suspend equal time broadcast law to permit President debates.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Senator Mike Mansfield calls Senator in session 2 hrs. early to prepare for long debate promised by Senator Everett Dirksen. Republican Senators told not to answer quorum. Mansfield moves to lay bill aside. [Senator John PASTORE - says debates needed in public interest. Debates should be held.] [Senator Hugh SCOTT - says Hubert Humphrey would do anything to get free television time. He'll give George Wallace hand-up, but Richard Nixon won't.]
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr

(Trenton, New Jersey) [Senator Edmund MUSKIE - says Dirksen threatened to filibuster unless Mansfield called bill off. Dirksen saying debate property of Senator and no 1 else entitled to it.] Many Senators about to go home.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr

Reasoner, Harry;
Schorr, Daniel

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