CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 18, 1972
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(Studio) Senator George McGovern attacks administration record on narcotics. President Nixon responds, for long-range campaign debate.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Face-to-face debates said unlikely. President strategy noted. Narcotics epidemic said sparring issue. Nixon answers McGovern charge at State Department narcotics seminar today. [MCGOVERN - (on film) challenges Nixon to say how North Vietnam is greater threat than drugs.] [NIXON - notes record on drug fighting.] [McGOVERN - (on film) questions cost of Vietnam war as compared to heroin fight funds.] [NIXON - notes increase in funds allocated to drug abuse fight.] [McGOVERN - (on film) questions increase in heroin smuggled into country.] [NIXON - says price increase of heroin in eastern United States indicates supply drying up.] [McGOVERN - (on film) charges allies in South Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia involved in narcotic traffic; charges US officials ignore it because of need for Thai airbases, Lao mercenaries, South Vietnam soldiers for war.] [NIXON - warms govts. participating in or protecting drug traffic to United States that United States aid is thereby jeopardized.] Reporter calls it "Politics of Dope." Debates, not face-to-face, noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
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