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Campaign `72 / Muskie #223801

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jun 09, 1972
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(Studio) Senator George McGovern does not get widely expected endorsement of Senator Edmund Muskie. Intensive secret negotiations are, however, underway between Humphrey and McGovern camps, which may yield Humphrey endorsement of McGovern. Humphrey denies any intention of withdrawing. Humphrey fires half his campaign staff for economy, include his press secretary
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) [MUSKIE - says his withdrawal and endorsement of McGovern would not assure party unity.] Muskie slept only 2 hrs. last might, unsure of what he should do. At 6:00 a.m. he phoned aides George Mitchell and Burl Bernard his decision to remain in race for Democrat president nomination He cannot accept McGovern's views on welfare, taxes and defense cutbacks, hopes pressure of convention forces McGovern to modify those positions. [MUSKIE - hopes McGovern seeks advice and counsel of those who cannot yet accept his stands, reexamining his own positions. Says he, Muskie, will continue candidacy.] (NYC) Senator George McGovern, campaigning in NYC, disappointed in Muskie announcement. He suspected, after less than overwhelming California victory, his delegate hunt would be 1 at a time. [MCGOVERN - can't argue with Muskie's decision to leave non. up to convention delegates, as he advocates open convention and party reforms.] (DC) [HUMPHREY - pleased with Muskie announcement. Says nomination will be decided by delegates; no candidate yet has enough delegates for nomination]
REPORTER: David Schoumacher

Cronkite, Walter;
Schoumacher, David

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