CBS Evening News for Monday, Jul 31, 1972
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(Studio) Democrat President nomination, Senator George McGovern, to announce decision on whether or not to keep Senator Thomas Eagleton as his running mate. Returns from funeral of Senator Allen Ellender.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) McGovern meets with Eagleton in Capitol building tonight. Democrats national chairperson Jean Westwood calls for Eagleton to resign. If Eagleton resigns, McGovern's new choice will have to he approved by Democratic national committee [Democrat counsel, Joseph CALIFANO - cites procedure for picking new Vice President nom. Says there will be a consensus between McGovern and Eagleton, and the Vice President nomination will resign if so requested.]
REPORTER: Bruce Morton
(Jefferson City, Missouri) [Missouri Governor Warren HEARNES - says dropping Eagleton would be disastrous for Democratic party in Missouri. Says events of past week show Eagleton can stand up under pressure; hopes McGovern can do the same.]
REPORTER: Ben Silver
(Chicago, Illinois) [Reverend Jesse JACKSON - says Eagleton, having undergone psychiatric treatment, include electrical shock, is a statistical risk. Says national interests must transcend personal or party interests.]
REPORTER: Jeff Williams
(DC) Possibilities to replace Eagleton include Boston, Massachusetts, Mayor Kevin White, Sargent Shriver, Lawrence O'Brien, Senator Gaylord Nelson, Senator Frank Church.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton
(Capitol) Eagleton stays in office; does not attend Ellender funeral. 750 telephone calls to Eagleton favor his staying on ticket; 50 oppose it. 3000 letters favor his remaining in race; 800 oppose it. Senator Gaylord Nelson refuses to discuss his conversation with Eagleton.
REPORTER: Barry Serafin
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