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Vietnam / President Address #20904

ABC Evening News for Monday, May 08, 1972
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(Studio) President Nixon will address nation at 9:00 p.m. EDT. He may announce stern options on Vietnam. This possibility indicated by: United States bombers hit Hanoi, North Vietnam, and fighters down 3 MiGs; while United States troops continue to pull out of Vietnam, United States air and naval forces have reached all-time high in Thailand and Tonkin Gulf.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(White House) Grave atmosphere at White House precedes military decision of highest importance. National Security Council meeting takes place. Options, which President Johnson rejected as too harsh, include: mining Haiphong Harbor; amphibious landing of South Vietnam forces north of enemy's front line; prolonged bombing of North Vietnam cities; landing of United States Marines at Danang to defend Americans there and bolster defense of Hue. President seems willing to forfeit trip to Moscow to save Hue.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(Capitol Hill) Senate demands briefing for leaders of both partys; threatens new end-the-war legislation. [Senator John STENNIS - says Senate requests briefing as President faces serious decision.] [Senator J. William FULBRIGHT - says President will be making serious mistake if he refuses to consult with Senator leaders] [Senator Hubert HUMPHREY - says bombing of Red River dykes in North Vietnam would result in flood which would kill many people.]

(Studio) White House summons Congressional leaders for briefing on war.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Clark, Bob;
Jarriel, Tom;
Smith, Howard K.

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