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Campaign `72 / Eagleton #224043

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 25, 1972
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(Studio) Democratic Vice Presidential nominee, Senator Thomas Eagleton, reveals he has been hospitalized 3 times since 1960 for nervous exhaustion. Announcement made after rumors of possible drinking problem arose.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Sylvan Lake, South Dakota) [EAGLETON - describes voluntarily entering hospital due to nervous exhaustion and fatigue. Says few reporters in room know him well (Tom Ottenad of Saint Louis Post Dispatch; Ed O'Brien of Saint Louis "Globe Democrat" are exceptions). Says he is an intense, hard-driving person. As younger man, he drove self too far. Describes 3 hospitalizations in Barnes Hospital, Saint Louis, Missouri, and Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. Says now he has learned how to pace self in campaigning. Eagleton says treatment included psychiatric counseling and electric shock treatment.] [EAGLETON - denies, however, rumors he had been an alcoholic. Describes decision made with his wife to divulge medical history.] [Senator George MCGOVERN - says he's fully satisfied and would have still chosen Eagleton as running mate if he had known every detail.] McGovern only learned of Eagleton's medical history this week. Decided to reveal story before distorted version published.
REPORTER: David Schoumacher

(Studio) One of McGovern's advisers, Lieutenant Governor William Dougherty of South Dakota, admitted former alcoholic, says McGovern's disclosure could become a political asset. McGovern aide, Frank Mankiewicz, says if Republicans use it, there could be considerable backlash.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Reporter(s):
Mudd, Roger;
Schoumacher, David
Duration:
00:06:50

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