CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 12, 1975
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(Studio) Ford's choice to head Federal Home Loan Bank Bd., ex-Representative Ben Blackburn, turned down by Senate committee
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) 2 years ago, Blackburn suggested public hangings be revived to obtain rent from public housing tenants. [Chairperson Senator Banking Committee William PROXMIRE - says Blackburn 1st nominee in 40 years who was member of Congress and not approved by Congress He had record of expressions against blacks and minorities.] [Senator Edward BROOKE - says job requires sensitivity to lower income and minority groups.] [Senator Jesse HELMS - says committee dominated by liberals, didn't want conservative. Joe Coors turned down recently for same reason.] Blackburn at 1st denies remark; then says he meant it as joke.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
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