CBS Evening News for Monday, Jul 10, 1972
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(Studio) In 1 hour, gavel will fall starting Democratic national convention After welcoming speeches, credentials of challenged delegations will be discussed. 271 California delegates will be decided. CBS news estimates McGovern to have 1352 votes (if California challenge holds) of 1509 needed to nomination Senator Edmund Muskie announces his support of anti-McGovern forces on California challenge.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Miami Beach, Florida) [MUSKIE - earlier today, called meeting of all candidates in Democrat chairperson Lawrence O'Brien's qtrs. to discuss compromise on California challenge for party unity.] [Senator George MCGOVERN - sees nothing to be gained in closed meeting of kind proposed by Muskie. Says decision should be in hands of delegates.] Senators Muskie, Humphrey and Jackson, Governor Sanford wait futilely for McGovern to arrive. [HUMPHREY - says compromise of candidates without McGovern would be senseless.] [MUSKIE - says his compromise would have given McGovern 75 of disputed California delegates. Says his convention manager, Senator Hughes, was prepared to offer compromises to convention but cannot do so without McGovern approval. Announces, therefore, his backing of credentials committee decision on California.]
REPORTER: Ike Pappas
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