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Campaign `72/McCloskey and Ashbrook #221504

CBS Evening News for Friday, Feb 11, 1972
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(Studio) President Nixon must contend with Republican, as well as Democrat critics of his Vietnam War peace plan and other issues.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Concord, New Hampshire) [Editor State News Service, Peter SELKOWE assesses primary candidacies of Republican Representatives Paul McCloskey and John Ashbrook. He says Nixon is well loved in New Hampshire.] McCloskey is trying to gain acceptance as serious candidate, with dove platform. Representative John Ashbrook takes conservative stance and Pat Paulsom on ballot for comic relief. ]MCCLOSKEY - brings up issue of bombing people we never see in Vietnam, even if United States soldiers aren't killed as often this way.] Boston Globe poll shows McCloskey with 14% Republican Primary vote. President Nixon carries 71%.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

(Jacksonville, Florida) Representative John Ashbrook stands on issues of economy and government

(Orlando, Florida) [ASHBROOK - speaks on TV, holding out for Republican conservative votes.]
REPORTER: Hal Walker

(Key Biscayne, Florida) President Nixon says publicly he's too busy running the country to worry about Ashbrook or McCloskey. Privately, his aides say he doesn't take McCloskey seriously but worries a bit about Ashbrook. New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller to lead Nixon rally in New Hampshire.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Cronkite, Walter;
Pappas, Ike;
Rather, Dan;
Walker, Hal

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