CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 28, 1971
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(Studio) Senator Edmund Muskie said September 8 he didn't think ticket with black running mate could win president election.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Los Angeles, California) [MUSKIE - in statement September 8th explains belief situation should be made right, but losing ticket wouldn't enable problems to be corrected.]
REPORTER: No reporter given
(DC) Muskie supporters working to turn comment to his advantage, calling it candor; Muskie opponents trying to use statement against him; President Nixon, Senator Henry M. Jackson, Senator Birch Bayh, Senator George S. McGovern, Senator H.H. Humphrey, New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay criticize Muskie position. [MUSKIE - says fair minded Americans beginning to try to correct problem now that issue surfaced; if American opinion concerning black candidate changed, will be worth personal political cost.] [Senator George S. McGOVERN - says wouldn't rule out anyone on grounds of sex, race as running mate.] [Representative John J. CONYERS, Junior - thinks it insult for Muskie to state United States voters so racist would reject most qualified black.] [Los Angeles, California, cnclman. Tom BRADLEY - says doesn't agree with Muskie's evaluation, but answer honest, direct.]
REPORTER: Dan Rather