CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 16, 1968
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(Studio) Democrat John Gilligan runs for Ohio Senate seat. In trouble due to Vietnam stand.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Ohio) [GILLIGAN - says needs support and help.] He's McCarthy-Kennedy type Democrat He upset Senator Frank Lausche in primary and helped write dovish Vietnam minority plank. Has little money and lacks total support from Democratic leaders Unions cool toward him due to his Vietnam stand and lack of enthusiasm for Humphrey. Gilligan, 47, is former Congman. and believes in new pols. [GILLIGAN - says doesn't believe that cracker-barrel political can turn into statesman by singing commercials. If we tolerate conduct, that's what we'll get.] Jingle of William Saxbe played. Ohio Attorney General Saxbe travels in bus campaigning. Saxbe confident and has funds. [SAXBE - says bought bus and resold it. To cost us $3,500.] Gilligan wants television debates; Saxbe doesn't. [GILLIGAN - says we accepted all television offers of free air time. Saxbe turns them down. Says Saxbe is shutting him off by refusing because he doesn't have funds.] Gilligan said he needed exposure. [SAXBE - says makes his position known regularly. Neither of our positions would be enhanced by exchange of insults.] Gilligan hopes for McCarthy help. [GILLIGAN - says feels Humphrey and others aware that US mood is of bringing about cease-fire. Vice President moving that way.] Saxbe taken middle position on most issues, like Nixon. He woos conservative Democrats and Wallace supporters. Ohio Republicans have money, organization, and united front on issues.
REPORTER: Dan Rather