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Nixon / Press Conference #225526

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 31, 1973
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(Studio) Nixon holds press conference Postwar Vietnam reconstruction major theme.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(White House) [NIXON - says if both parties have sincere desire for peace, peace will endure. Kissinger going to Hanoi to discuss postwar relations, incl. reconstruction of North Vietnam and South Vietnam by US. Nixon still opposes amnesty for draft evaders. United States has achieved peace with honor in Vietnam. Nixon says has great respect for John Connally, but isn't ready to endorse him for Republican nomination for President in `76. Congress irresponsible in matter of budget.] Nixon says he personally authorized firing Ernest Fitzgerald, Pentagon official who disclosed cost overruns for C-5A transport plane.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Studio) Nixon doesn't plan to meet returning POW's. Feels they need privacy with families. Says China may free 2 flyers, Phillip Smith and Robert Flynn, captured early in Vietnam war. Feels CIA agent John Downey will not be freed by China.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Rather, Dan

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