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Campaign `72 / Labor and Meany #21546

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 19, 1972
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(Studio) "Newsweek" magazine calls AFL-CIO President George Meany the most powerful man in United States outside White House "Time" magazine credits him with turning `70 off-year elections into Democratic success. Meany says he will support neither Presidential candidate in `72.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Since its 1955 formation, AFL-CIO and Meany have supported Democratic Presidential nomination. Following Meany's wishes, AFL-CIO executive council this year votes 27 to 3 to withhold President endorsement. [MEANY - refuses to support Nixon or McGovern. Says he wishes Norman Thomas were alive.] Some labor unions will endorse McGovern, but big labor's national political arm, with its name files, canvassers, and money, will sit this election out. This cannot help but aid Nixon.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) AFL-CIO executive council to meet again in August Today's decision may be reversed, but such action is highly unlikely.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Donaldson, Sam;
Smith, Howard K.

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