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Rockefeller Decision / Shake-Up / Ford / New Conference #237931

CBS Evening News for Monday, Nov 03, 1975
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(Studio) Vice President Nelson Rockefeller takes himself out of contention for `76 Vice President post with letter to President Ford. Ford to hold news conference at 7:30 PM EDT. Defense Secretary James schlesinger fired and replaced by White House chief of staff, Don. Rumsfeld. CIA Director William Colby fired and replaced by United States Representative in China P.R., George Bush. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger steps down as chairman of the National Security Council and succeeded by his deputy, Air Force Lieutenant General Brent Scowcraft. Quotes from Rockefeller's letter shown. Initiative for move said to be Rockefeller's. Press Secretary Ron Nessen says long time since President in such a good mood.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) White House says no connection between shake-up and Rockefeller's decision. White House issued no statement of regret. Vice President's decision may placate some conservative Republicans over removal of hard-line Schlesinger.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Florida) television interview shown. [FORD - says have said that will make decision at proper time.]
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(DC) Reported that Rockefeller could see signs he'd be dumped and didn't want to wait around. Some say firing Schlesinger and Colby was Ford's idea; not victory for Kissinger. Kissinger and Rumsfeld will see Ford several times week.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) CBS to broadcast news conference.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Schieffer, Bob

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