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Campaigns / Gov. / 18-Year Old Vote #200853

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 28, 1969
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(Studio) President campaigns for Republican Governor candidates in Virginia and New Jersey.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Trenton, New Jersey) Campaign underway to lower voting age from 21 to 18. November 4 referendum to decide question. Youth Franchise Coalition drive to get right to vote for nation [Outgoing Governor Richard HUGHES - says like Eugene McCarthy's "Children's Crusade" in New Hampshire, you will strengthen American Predicts success.] [Assemblyman Walter SMITH - says lose jurisdiction after 18-yr. olds given vote. Give them rights at 20 and if they live up to them, let them vote at 20. Then go on to 19-yr. olds.] [MAN - says if they can fight, they can vote.] When passing out literature, they try to look "square" as possible. [YFC leader Ian MacGOWAN - says many adults have lost confidence in young.] [GIRL - repeats fight-vote axiom.] [SMITH - fears 18-yr. olds to act more liberal. They'd vote with heart.] Trend could add 10 million to voters.
REPORTER: David Culhane

Cronkite, Walter;
Culhane, David

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