CBS Evening News for Wednesday, May 10, 1972
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(Studio) 9 members Henry Kissinger's staff protest mining of North Vietnam ports. Some had participated in 1969 study which said mining would he ineffective. Public outcry against Nixon move causes closure of public galleries of House of Representatives Speaker Carl Albert orders it when he learns war protesters plan to disrupt Congress
REPORTER: Charles Kuralt
(Capitol) Admin. launches major public relations offensive to build support for new Nixon Vietnam initiative. [Defense Secretary LAIRD - says this is no time for quitters or talk of instant surrender.] White House receives 20,000 telegrams, 5 or 6 to 1 in favor of move. Republican Senators release poll showing public favors Nixon's new Peace terms and mining North Vietnam ports by 3 to 1. [Senator Hugh SCOTT - says public relations campaign launched to counter President critics.]
REPORTER: Bruce Morton
(DC) [Senator George MCGOVERN - says Republicans don't want criticism; want to run country as if President were king instead of elected official. McGovern refuses to he silent on move which could plunge nation into W.W. III.]
REPORTER: David Schoumacher
(Capitol) Dramatic President action usually produces at least short-term President support. Later reaction depends on whether action works.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton
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