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CBS Evening News for Monday, Jan 10, 1977
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(Studio) At present only 3 Watergate figures in prison: Nixon aide John Ehrlichman, G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt; others appeal cases. Today Republican Senator Barry Goldwater says he thinks President Ford should pardon all of them.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Goldwater opposed Nixon pardon, but says new pardons couldn't hurt Republican and President Ford worse than Watergate already has. [GOLDWATER - says issue was contributor to Ford's defeat and since Nixon was pardoned feels all should be. Says it's not yet known what really went on and won't be until Nixon tells truth, but doesn't think Nixon will do that, because he doesn't want truth known.] Justice Department has pardon requests for Bernard Barker, Eugenio Martinez, James McCord and Frank Sturgis and commutation requests for Hunt and Liddy; there's been no request from Ehrlichman, John Mitchell or H. R. Haldeman. President says matters are to be handled routinely; aide says it would be easier for Carter than for Ford to grant pardons.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

(Studio) Goldwater also says he'll fight Ford efforts to dictate next GOP ntl. chairperson Ford and Vice President Nelson Rockefeller support former Ford campaign manager James Baker, who says he's not candidate. Goldwater says he favors DC's Bob Carter. Ronald Reagan known to favor Utah chairperson Richard Richards and Tennessee Senator Bill Brock today endorsed by fellow-Tennessee Senator Howard Baker and Alaska Senator Ted Stevens. Chairperson will be chosen Friday
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Jones, Phil

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