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Elections / Gov. / Mayoral / Ohio #201377

CBS Evening News for Monday, Nov 03, 1969
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(Studio) New Jersey and Virginia governor races important off-yr. elections. Mayoral races in Detroit, NYC, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh. John Lindsay favored in New York City race.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Cleveland, Ohio) Black Mayor Carl Stokes chants with crowd. [Republican candidate Ralph PERK - says people tired of being afraid on sts. and at home.] Whites feel Stokes favors blacks at expense of white community. July 23, 1968 film of shootout between black militants and police shown. 7 killed; 3 police. He removed white police from ghetto. 3 unidentified white policemen speak of Stokes. [1st MAN - says black feels he can get out of anything due to Stokes being Mayor.] Stokes talks to new police. [STOKES - tells police to arrest any law-breaker and he'll back them. You enforce law; I'll take care of politics.] Many police campaign against Stokes, due to higher crime rate and low police morale. [PERK - says people tired of Stokes meddling with Police Department] More street lights added. "Cleveland Now" project is effort to raise $11 million for housing rehabilitation and youth employment, etc. Stokes shown at project site. [White WORKER - says nobody but ghetto people getting funds.] Perk and Stokes shown campaigning. Black voter regis. down. Perk refuses to debate with Stokes. 2 candidates meet accidentally and talk about campaign. Stokes begs Perk to debate with him, but Perk evasive. [STOKES - says he has done a lot.] [PERK - leads crowd chant of: "His promise is `Cleveland Now,' but his performance has let Cleveland down."] 1st time black up for reelection.
REPORTER: Bill Plante

Cronkite, Walter;
Plante, Bill

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