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Vietnam / Blockade-Congressional Reaction #223324

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, May 09, 1972
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(Studio) President Nixon's Vietnam action provokes varied reaction on Capitol Hill.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Congress, unconsulted and edgy, sees situation along party lines. [Senator Frank CHURCH - wonders how United States would feel if Russia mined Cam Ranh Bay.] [Senator Barry GOLDWATER - says Russia should be worried.] [Senator Mike GRAVEL - says Nixon adopts policy his advisers say won't work. He did not consult Congress, and perhaps not with own advisers.] [Senator Robert DOLE - says Nixon has an obligation ahead of politics: to protect lives of American forces, and try to free American POWs. Commends President on bold and necessary move.] [Senator Edward BROOKE - disappointed President takes such grave risks.] [Senator Gale MCGEE - asks Congress to pray that President lucks out.] [Senator Vance HARTKE - says President attempt to end war has brought United States to brink of mankind's last war.] [GOLDWATER - says if Democrats had had guts to do it 8 years ago, war would have been over.] Senate Democrats votes to cut off money for war 4 mos. after agreement on return of United States POW's. Vote for Fulbright's resolution disapproving escalation of war.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton

Cronkite, Walter;
Morton, Bruce

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