CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 20, 1968
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(Studio) Report on credentials committee challenges.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Chicago, Illinois) McCarthy supporters hope that issues heard here will gain them support when brought up again on convention floor. Issues are exclusion of blacks from South delegations and exclusion of major pts. of Democratic Party esp. pro-McCarthy groups and how convention delegates picked. McCarthy group claims its' supporters unfairly excluded from Washington delegation. [Challenger's attorney Thomas MCCARTHY - says when party organization in power excludes certain point of Democrats of that area for any reason is discrimination. Delegates not representative of area.] [Cnsl. Reg. Delegation Dan. BRINK - says Washington delegation truly representative of Washington Democrats] [Challenger Carl MAXEY - asks how do you take 137 voters, sit down 141 and come up with 142 votes. 4 members of delegation from 6th Congress district direct result of that type of power usurpation.] Reg. delegation claims it is 6th district tradition to burn ballots and extra votes cast by ex-office holders who weren't delegates but had right to vote. [BRINK - says law provides stability and continuity to major political ptys. in state.] McCarthy group fighting that position, which they believe led to HHH stranglehold on convention
REPORTER: Joseph Benti