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Michigan / Cong. Election Upset #232979

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 19, 1974
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(Studio) Democrat wins special along. election replacing Vice President Gerald Ford. Richard VanderVeen sees win as mandate to remove Nixon from office.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Grand Rapids, Michigan) VanderVeen, 1st Democrat to win in 5th district in 63 years [VANDERVEEN - attributes win to people's displeasure with Nixon admin.] [Defeated Republican, Robert VANDERLAAN - says he saw upset coming.] [Michigan Republican chairperson William McLAUGHLIN - believes Watergate main reason Democrats won.] Voters say Watergate changed many Republican votes to Democrat VanderVeen's win representatives problems for other Republican Congmen. this fall.
REPORTER: Bill Plante

(Studio) Washington, DC reacts to election upset. Senator Henry Jackson says election responsible for energy bill passage.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Capitol Hill) [Vice President Gerald FORD - calls election outcome shocking and upsetting.] Ford questioned about impeachment vote. [FORD - believes vote will be close for impeachment; pressure on in Congress] [Republican national committee chairperson George BUSH - expresses upset over Democrat win in Michigan.] [Representative John RHODES - believes Republicans to absorb shock and go on to victory.] Democrats buoyant.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Cronkite, Walter;
Mudd, Roger;
Plante, Bill

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