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Anti-Ballistic Missile / Senate Debate #204504

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jul 11, 1969
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(Studio) anti-ballistic missile debate shifts to compromise.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) anti-ballistic missile supporters reject compromise. Defense Secretary Melvin Laird says no intention of compromising, as does Senator Everett Dirksen. Debate between Senators John Cooper, Barry Goldwater, and John Tower. Cooper suggests testing of system in Pacific Ocean, rather than North Dakota and Montana missile sites. [TOWER - says bill doesn't provide for deployment, but doesn't preclude such. If can't prepare for deployment, will lose time. White House presently opposed to compromise.] Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler denies reports of modification to ABM.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Mudd, Roger;
Reasoner, Harry

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