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Democratic Convention / Phone Strike / Problems #199541

CBS Evening News for Friday, Aug 09, 1968
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(Studio) Senator Eugene McCarthy's campaign manager, Stephen Mitchell, says Democratic National Committee helping Johnson-Humphrey backers get accommodations in Chicago and better facilities at convention hall. Committee chairperson, John Bailey denies this. Work conts. at International Amphitheater for August 26 opening of convention Telephone strike could affect convention.
REPORTER: Charles Kuralt

(Chicago, Illinois) [Mayor Richard DALEY - thinks we'll have finest and most wonderful convention ever.] Striking electrical workers won't install phones in Chicago area. Convention may be undercommunicated. [Democratic National Convention Executive Director John CRISWELL - says candidates will be put to disadvantage; they'll have to work with delegates at headquarters and downtown.] In McCarthy headquarters, 40 people working with only 11 phones. Messengers not enough. [McCarthy aide Kurtis GANS - describes office as having 4 rooms, 12 people and 4 phones. While in DC, sometimes took 5 hrs. to get free line to here.] [CRISWELL - says each candidate has some advantage. They'll be on equal basis.] [McCarthy aide Eden LIPSON - says they are at more serious disadvantage because they have a lot more people to persuade.] Conrad Hilton Hotel to be headquarters for Democratic National Committee, McCarthy, Humphrey, and Minnesota, Texas, and Oklahoma delegates. Only 40 lines will be available. At last convention, 40,000 calls daily averaged. television cameras may not be able to roam freely. Will union place pickets outside hotel? If does, television people could stay outside with them. Can microwave relays be installed to transmit television signals? Union refuses so far. [LIPSON - says they are under-dogs. Impt. people know what's going on here.] television problems could also block coverage of scheduled mass demonstrations. [Mobilization to End War Rennie DAVIS - says mayor and electrical workers reach agreement not incling. circuits and microwave relays. It's heavy-handed news management.] Union installs equipment at Amphitheater. [Union negotiator Robert NICKEY - says Democrats should take problem to telephone company and negotiate.] Almost all at convention will be inconvenienced.
REPORTER: Josh Darsa

Darsa, Josh;
Kuralt, Charles

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