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Equal Time / House / Presidential Debate #198285

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 08, 1968
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(Studio) House turns to bill to suspend equal time law for televised President debates. Republican bloc stalls.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Republicans say they're showing need for campaign reform. Democrats, led by Representative Carl Albert say they're showing that Nixon doesn't want to debate. [ALBERT - says these Republicans are afraid for Nixon to debate Humphrey.] Representative Gerald Ford says Democrats don't want reform bills but not in favor of TV debate bill. [FORD - says bill discriminatory. Ought to leave law way it is.] Odds against debate higher.
REPORTER: Hal Walker

(Studio) Vice President Humphrey visits House to break standstill. Says 1 telephone call from Nixon would move things. Speaker House John McCormack threatens to keep House in session all night to get action.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Walker, Hal

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