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Philadelphia Mayoral Race #213474

CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 25, 1971
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(Studio) Philadelphia to elect mayor to succeed James H.J. Tate.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) West Thacher Longstreth is Republican candidate in town where Democrats outno. Republicans, 2-1. Controversial Democratic candidate is ex-police chief Frank L. Rizzo. [RIZZO - has seen violence at its worst. No compassion for murderers.] He's high school dropout and police ofr. for 27 years; named Commissioner in 1967. Longstreth hopes for 30% population of blacks. Black church leaders endorse him. [Father Paul WASHINGTON - cites incident in which Rizzo broke up attempt by black youth to attend education board meeting to present grievances.] Film of November 17, 1967 incident shown. [LONGSTRETH - says city government must bring together blacks and whites. "Firm but fair" motto not applicable.] [RIZZO - says tired of permissiveness, crime, dishonest government, will be firm with those who take advantage of major Have been fair with criminals.] Longstreth campaigns everywhere. Rizzo avoids minority areas and avoids public exchanges. Part of television debate between 2 shown. Rizzo considered ahead. Law and order trend important
REPORTER: David Culhane

Reporter(s):
Culhane, David;
Rather, Dan
Duration:
00:06:00

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