CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 16, 1968
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(Studio) Revision or abolishment of electoral college system considered. Observations follow.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) 1968 election gives impetus to doing away with electoral college. Polls show major favor more direct method. American Bar Association and Chamber of Commerce agree. Change up to Congress Other such situations noted in US history. President Garfield, Wilson, Eisenhower illnesses noted; along with John F. Kennedy assassination. Nixon stance set forth. Negative points of direct method cited; 1960 election, for instance, where Kennedy won by fewer than 100,000 votes. Birch Bayh suggests procedure. Constitutional amendment with regard to electoral college considered. What if: Presidential candidate dies before taking office; or before Congress certifies vote? United States lucky it's not been caught in such a dilemma.
REPORTER: Eric Sevareid
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