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Presidential Campaign Debate / Federal Communications Commission Act #199563

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 10, 1968
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(Studio) House Commerce Committee considers measure to permit televised television debates during Presidential campaign. It would suspend equal time provision of Federal Communications Commission Act.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Advocates of Nixon - Humphrey debate admit defeat. [Ex-TV newsman Representative Lionel Van DEERLIN - predicts losing by 6 votes. Ought to be able to have debate with 2 non-incumbent candidates.] [Representative John MOSS - says real objective is to repeal section for all campaigns in future. Would permit partisan discrimination in broadcast industry] Some fear if equal time repealed at local stations, all pols. who ever thought of running, would come down to station for debate with incumbent. Also felt public protest if George Wallace not incld. will be damaging. Networks say Wallace would get comparable but separate time. Humphrey and Nixon people say no Wallace in their debate. Representative John Dingell says network coverage of convention so outrageous that he concludes it was deliberate attempt to do mischief to his political party Humphrey and Nixon leave impression they don't want debate.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Studio) Unless equal time suspended, documentaries or special shows must be done on all candidates, not just major candidates. (Audio Very Low)
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Mudd, Roger;
Reasoner, Harry

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