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Canal Treaty #254520

CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 09, 1977
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(Studio) Battle lines begin to be drawn in fight for Senator ratification of Panama Canal treaty. Senior member of Senator, considered crucial link between conservatives and moderates, comes out against treaty.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Senator Barry Goldwater has decided to oppose treaty; details of letter he's written to those asking his opinion noted; he says it will be well into next year before Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Service Cmtes. make reports on treaty. Goldwater's action may sway some moderate Republicans who are undecided. Senator Paul Laxalt announces he will be liaison between Senator and coalition of conservative groups, which are mounting campaign to defeat treaty. Laxalt says this is biggest issue since gun control. [LAXALT - thinks 1978 elecs. could amount to referendum on Panama Canal. Notes most of colleagues have gotten same reaction he has: that people up in arms.] Only few Senators say they receive heavy mail yet; number of letters being received by Senator S. I. Hayakawa noted. Senators Jesse Helms and James McClure will join in suit to Supreme Court, which may turn into constitutional crisis. Suit claims House must vote on any disposal of US property, as provided in Constitution, and that Canal is United States property.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

(s) Panamanian chief, General Omar Torrijos, returns to country and is greeted with hero's welcome arranged by own government (Film shown.) He must get treaties ratified in natl. referendum.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Jones, Phil;
Mudd, Roger

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