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Senate Ed Kennedy Interview #240681

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 25, 1975
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(Studio) In CBS interview, Senator Edward Kennedy reaffirms and strengthens statement that he won't be candidate for President in `76. [Interview taped somewhere in Washington, DC but not at (Studio).] [KENNEDY - stands by statement not to seek Democrat nom. for President] Asks Senator if he shouldn't endorse another candidate if he doesn't plan to run himself. [KENNEDY - thinks it's rather presumptuous to feel he must endorse a candidate to remove himself from limelight of possible candidacy. Position stated clearly and unequivocally.] Despite your convictions that some candidate will emerge from pack at Democratic Convention, many other Democrats feel that George Wallace to get nomination unless you step forward and help your party at this time. [KENNEDY - says he won't step forward; doesn't think circumstances described will arise. Most important responsibility is to his family and families of brothers] Asks if he could accept Wallace candidacy. [KENNEDY - won't support Wallace but won't go so far as to be candidate himself to block his nomination.] Asked if he felt there's been attempt to embarrass him politically through allegations of late President John Kennedy's link with CIA assassination plots. [KENNEDY - doesn't think there's attempt to embarrass him and thinks it's un unfair to assume present administration involved in such tactics; hopes all material relating to subject should be made public.]
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter

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