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CBS Evening News for Friday, Oct 25, 1968
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(Studio) Richard Nixon says administration driving hard for bombing halt agreement and future cease-fire. Also told but doesn't believe that activity is cynical try by President Johnson to salvage Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey's campaign. Vice President's campaign manager Lawrence O'Brien says old Nixon surfaced, making charges while not appearing to. Defense Secretary Clark Clifford holds news conference
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Secretary Clifford, Secretary of State Dean Rusk and General Earle Wheeler meet with President Admin. says no breakthrough. [CLIFFORD - doesn't know if lull is sign from North Vietnam. 80,000 North Vietnam remain in South Vietnam. United States has military superiority over USSR and will continue to maintain it. United States has 1,054 land-based ICBMs; USSR has 900. United States has 656 submarine nuclear missiles; USSR has 75-80. United States has 646 intercontinental bombers; USSR has 150-155.] Conflict over South Vietnam and NLF roles in Paris Peace Talks probably holding up bombing halt.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Laos Premier Souvanna Phouma says United States to stop North Vietnam bombing. White House declines comment. Radio Hanoi says won't deescalate in exchange for end to air attacks. South Vietnam President Nguyen opposed to Viet Cong having role in peace talks.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin

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