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Presidential Debates / House CBS Offer #198300

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 09, 1968
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(Studio) House passes bill to suspend equal time broadcast law for President debates.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Debate began at noon Tuesday and continued until tonight. Speaker House John McCormack orders doors locked to keep representatives inside. Vote 280-35 to suspend law. Representative Gerald Ford says Republicans wanted to dramatize demand for action on Congress and election reform legislature [FORD - says Richard Nixon has and will debate under proper circumstances.] [McCORMACK-says Republicans went far beyond expected Parliamentary tactics.] House and Senator bills must be reconciled.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr

(Studio) Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and George Wallace agree to a 3-way debate but not Richard Nixon. CBS President Frank Stanton proposes 1 hour prime time on ea. of 4 Suns. before election; suggests 3 for President debates and 1 for Vice President debates. Offer applies to any 2 of 3 candidates.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Reasoner, Harry;
Schorr, Daniel

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