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CBS Evening News for Friday, Aug 23, 1968
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(Studio) Report on Democratic Convention preliminaries.
REPORTER: Charles Kuralt

(Studio) Ohio Democratic leader says Senator Edward Kennedy will be nominated for President and Kennedy hasn't told him to stop. California Democrat Jesse Unruh wouldn't deny he might give nominating speech. Special convention rules sub-committee votes to end unit-rule. Texas delegation in fighting to keep unit-rule, brought up LBJ's name.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Chicago, Illinois) Texas National Cmteman., Frank Erwin sent before rules committee by Governor John Connally to preserve unit-rule. [Wyoming Delegate George COX - asks Erwin how many in his delegation will not vote like major if unit-rule not applied.] [ERWIN - says response in answer to question; not volunteered. Not in business of threatening people. If unit-rule abolished, some feel Connally should withdraw as favorite son and nominate another Texan who holds highest office.] Speculated Texas group may indeed nominate Johnson. Connally expects Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey to be nominee and expects most of his group's votes to go for HHH. Erwin signaled Humphrey that he mustn't give way to McCarthy-McGovern forces, especially on Vietnam. If Humphrey stopped on 1st ballot, effort to get LBJ nominated will be tried. Most friends feel he'd accept genuine draft.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Studio) McCarthy strategist, Stephen Mitchell says he was taking Erwin seriously. Humphrey aide says no reason to believe President would run.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Kuralt, Charles;
Rather, Dan

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