ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 21, 1972
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(Studio) Nixon administration assigns Secret Service bodyguards to front running Democrat president candidates.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) Senators George McGovern, Hubert Humphrey, Henry Jackson, Edmund Muskie, and Alabama Governor George Wallace, assigned Secret Service protection for duration of presidential campaign. Treasury Secretary John Connally and Congress committee set standards for qualification of candidates for bodyguards. New York Mayor John Lindsay, Representatives Shirley Chisholm and John Ashbrook have not yet so qualified. To qualify, an announced candidate must poll at least 5% in 1 of 2 national opinion surveys, or as unannounced candidate, poll 20%. Some candidates may feel inhibited by bodyguards. 720 agents in candidate protection force so far.
REPORTER: Bill Matney
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