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Campaign `72 / McGovern-Salinger #224362

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Aug 17, 1972
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(Studio) Republicans criticize Pierre Salinger's Paris meeting with North Vietnam in Senate George McGovern's behalf.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(White House) President Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler says Salinger action could undermine Nixon's attempt to end war. [SALINGER - says for such remarks, it must be slow news day at White House (He was once President press secretary himself.) Says his actions can't delay peace.] Zielger says McGovern declined to be briefed by White House on Vietnam and thus, he could jeopardize peace talks.
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint

(Miami Beach, Florida) [Senator John TOWER - says action characterizes ineptitude of McGovern's management of affairs.] [Senator Robert GRIFFIN - says meddlesome interference could delay release of American POWs.] [Senator Gordon ALLOTT - shocked by McGovern's action.]

(W. Racine, WI) [McGOVERN - says Kissinger trip to South Vietnam is for political reasons. That is what is interfering with negotiations far more than anyone else could. Says Salinger's trip was made on his own initiative.]
REPORTER: Bill Plante

(Studio) Nixon campaign manager Clark MacGregor studies Logan Act forbidding private citizens from engaging in diplomacy, to see if it was violated by Salinger.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Pierpoint, Robert;
Plante, Bill

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