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Vietnam / Lull / Peace Developments #197958

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Oct 17, 1968
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(Studio) United States fighter bombers hit enemy targets below 19th parallel. No significant ground action. South Vietnam observer in Paris talks with Ambassador Averell Harriman. In Saigon, Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker confers with President Nguyen Van Thieu.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Peace move underway. Lull considered possible signal from Hanoi. President Johnson will order bombing halt if assured lull will continue White House won't discuss it. Gave President unit citation to 5th United States Marine Brigadier [JOHNSON - says best men American could produce, gave limbs and lives for peace and security.] Has President upped his price for bombing halt? If halt hopes fade, how much will letdown hurt Vice President Humphrey?
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Hanoi softens policies and Johnson sees it and acts on it. Hanoi changes cited. Believed North Vietnam would rather deal with lame duck president than Richard Nixon.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin;
Rather, Dan

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