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Anti-Ballistic Missile Debate / Nixon #202573

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 13, 1969
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(Studio) Senator William Fulbright regards treaty ratification as sign not to go ahead with ABM.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) President Nixon talks to Defense Secretary Melvin Laird. Wants Laird to console Congress hawks, Defense men, and military contractors. Nixon to agree with anti-ballistic missile in principle, but will delay construction, pending research and arms control talks.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) 3 witnesses call anti-ballistic missile bad idea. [Prof. Marshall SHULMAN - says deployment should be put on hold.] [Prof. Allen WHITING - says if go ahead, we'll show Peking we want military superiority over China. anti-ballistic missile could goad China, showing malevolence.] [Dr. Carl KAYSEN - says don't need ABM for security and it's expensive.] Officials feel building "thin" system won't jeopardize arms agreement talks with USSR .
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Nixon announces decision at noon EST Friday
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin;
Rather, Dan

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