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(Studio) 16 Democrats seeking keys to leadership positions noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Because of Democrat control of House, Thomas "Tip" O'Neill is sure to become 50th Speaker of House Doubt is who will succeed O'Neill as majority leader 4 contenders for position are: Phil Burton (California), front runner; Richard Bowling (Missouri); Jim Wright (Texas); and John McFall (California). House race decided next month Senator votes in January Representative Robert Griffin, (Michigan) Republican whip, is favorite to follow Hugh Scott as leader His background noted. Opponent is Howard Baker (Tennessee),. Background noted. Democrat Robert C. Byrd (West Virginia) is leading successor to Mike Mansfield. Background noted. Chief opponent is Ernest Hollings (SC). Hubert Humphrey (Minnesota) also in running. Bckgrnd. and health noted. Also running is Edmund Muskie (ME). Bckgrnd. noted. Reporter notes legislator's reticence to talk about vote-trading. Reference to 1971: Robert Byrd's defeating Edward (Ted) Kennedy for whip.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
- Cronkite, Walter;
- Mudd, Roger
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