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Campaign `72 / Narcotics #22449

ABC Evening News for Monday, Sep 18, 1972
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(Studio) Yesterday McGovern chgd. South East Asia had become major source of heroin, as Nixon administration had not hit United States allies involved in narcotics trade. Today President Nixon addresses conference on illicit drug traffic, takes issue with McGovern.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) American narcotics control agents from 55 countries were told by President Nixon their efforts had reduced flow of heroin into US. Methadone use authorized; rehab. programs urged; and vigorous war on illegal drugs noted. [NIXON - declares continued war on drug profiteers. Reminds all ntns. President of United States obligated to suspend all aid to ntns. participating in or protecting drug traffic to US. Considers keeping dangerous drugs out of United States as imp. as keeping armed enemy forces from landing in US.] President to go to Texas Friday to say more about drug issue. Will visit border checkpoint at Laredo, Texas, to check searching of persons coming from Mexico. This campaign technique is never to mention McGovern, or refer to his charges; and appear, instead, as though President Nixon plans to be around 4 more years.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

Jarriel, Tom;
Smith, Howard K.

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