CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jul 27, 1972
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(Studio) Amid growing pressure for Senator Thomas Eagleton to get off ticket, he says he is even more determined to be elected Vice President. In South Dakota, Senator McGovern cancels scheduled press conference saying he has nothing further to add to Eagleton controversy. Columnist Jack Anderson claims Eagleton was arrested in Missouri for drunken driving. Eagleton calls charge a damnable lie.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Custer, South Dakota) [McGovern press secretary Richard DOUGHERTY - insists cancellation of news conference does not mean McGovern has lost confidence in Eagleton. He merely has nothing further to add. Says McGovern is unaware of reports of Eagleton's drunken driving. Says staff will investigate rumors.] Discrete checks said to have turned up nothing. Staff offers excuses on why thorough investigation was not made on Eagleton before he was invited on ticket: California challenge took up time; McGovern's faith he could convince Senator Edward Kennedy to run; McGovern confidence in personal judgement of Eagleton.
REPORTER: David Schoumacher
(Honolulu, Hawaii) [EAGLETON - says reason Anderson does not have documents to back his charges of drunken and reckless driving is because they do not exist. Calls Anderson statement a damnable lie.] Says only incidents on record are speeding conviction in 1962 and accident on ice in 1963, neither connected with alcohol. [EAGLETON- believes charge is politically motivated to drive him from ticket. Questions source of info., said to be highly placed Missouri official. Says he is more determined than ever now to remain on ticket.] Eagleton disappointed by editorials in Washington,DC "Post" and Los Angeles, California, "Times" calling for his withdrawal.
REPORTER: Barry Serafin