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91st Congress / Powell / Rarick / Kennedy #200173

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jan 02, 1969
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(Studio) House Democrats and Republicans pick their leaders.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Capitol Hill) 77 year old John McCormack won Speaker of House post 178-58 over Morris Udall. House Republican Gerald Ford became minority leader and Leslie Arends became minority whip; both unopposed. Representative John B. Anderson became chairperson of Republican conference, taking spot vacated by Melvin Laird, Sec. Defense Question of seating Adam Clayton Powell, New York, arose; was unseated 2 years ago. [FORD - no party decision made about Powell; individual decisions.] [ANDERSON - Powell should be looked at in perspective of 1969, not 2 years ago.]
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr

(Capitol Hill) No cameras allowed in Powell's new office. Won't say whether he'll be victorious in his bid for House seat.

(Studio) House Democrats voted 87-85 not to discipline John Rarick for his support of George Wallace in last campaign. Senator Edward Kennedy got support from Senator Albert Gore, Tennessee, in his bid for Democrat whip against Senator Russell Long. Vote comes tomorrow.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Hart, John;
Reasoner, Harry;
Schorr, Daniel

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