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Anti-Ballistic Missile / Vote / Compromise #205320

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 05, 1969
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(Studio) Senator to vote on anti-ballistic missile Wednesday
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Senator Mike Gravel goes against ABM. 98 of 100 noses counted on Cooper-Hart amendment to OK research, but no deployment. 50 for it; 48 against; and 2 undecided. They are: Senators Clinton Anderson and John Williams. [Senator Henry JACKSON - says vote razor-thin. Think we'll win 51-49, but could go either way.] [Senator Edward KENNEDY - says it's cliff-hanger.] [Senator J. William FULBRIGHT - says always hold reservations; always few surprises. Surprised if we win because of military power.] Senator Everett Dirksen predicts anti-ballistic missile win. Senator Margaret Chase Smith proposes substitute that would ban deployment and research. Supporters to vote for Smith amendment to replace Cooper-Hart amendment and then defeat Smith bill. Leaves way clear for compromise. Could be amendment to permit computer-radar deployment, but stalling missile emplacement.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr Artist: Howard Brodie

Cronkite, Walter;
Schorr, Daniel

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