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Anti-Ballistic Missile / Aiken / Senate Debate #204477

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jul 10, 1969
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(Studio) Leading Republican Senator joins ranks of anti-ballistic missile opponents.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Senator Senior Mbr., George Aiken, opposes ABM. Only 2 uncommitted: John Williams and Winston Prouty. Prouty expected to follow his fellow Senator Aiken. Aiken says obvious anti-ballistic missile can't pass and President Nixon needs Senator support with arms talks with USSR . [AIKEN - says essential for large number US Senator to support Nixon. Advocates modified bill for research and development, but no deployment or installation. Deployment dead.] Senators Mike Mansfield, William Fulbright, Albert Gore, Stuart Symington, and John Cooper praise Aiken. Make appeal to pro-admin. Senators for compromise. Armed Services Chairperson John Stennis didn't rule 1 out. Dep. Defense Secretary David Packard says President controls compromise.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd; ARTIST: Howard Brodie

Mudd, Roger;
Reasoner, Harry

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