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House Democrats Choose Leaders #244124

CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 06, 1976
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(Studio) House Democrats choose new leaders today.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Democrats choose Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill of Massachusetts as Speaker of House and Texas Representative Jim Wright as majority leader O'Neill's election expected, Wright's not; details noted. Contenders for major post besides Wright were California's Phillip Burton, Missouri's Richard Bolling and California's John McFall. [WRIGHT - says working in program with O'Neill and Carter can pull country back together.] [O'NEILL - says now election of leaders is over, party will pull together. Says intentions are to have openness and fairness and win esteem of United States people.] Burton's rise to power is stopped; reasons noted, include alliance with Wayne Hays. Wright's background noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd Artist: Sarah Scott

Cronkite, Walter;
Mudd, Roger

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