ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 25, 1973
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(Studio) Vice President Spiro Agnew comments on Watergate case. Agnew's former public relations man recently wrote President Nixon alone carries responsibility for bugging.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) [AGNEW - says his advisers do not speak for him. Says has full confidence in Nixon's integrity. Will wait to comment further on case until all facts are known.]
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(White House) Regular staff sessions presided over by H.R. Haldeman now discontinued. Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler says aides decided mtgs. weren't very productive. Denies Nixon was warned last summer of seriousness of Watergate. Ziegler doesn't deny reports Nixon reelection committee invested $8000 in political funds to produce flood of telegrams, supposedly from public, showing support for President's decision to bomb North Vietnam. Ziegler says Nixon didn't know campaign committee sent telegrams. No mention was made of charge that Nixon committee placed deceptive ads in New York "Times" attacking the paper under the name of "the people."
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel
(Los Angeles, California) Nixon campaign headquarters in Los Angeles, after Nixon announced mining Haiphon Harbor, went to work sending out phony telegrams to White House indicating support for this policy. [Former campaign worker Larry CARROLL - says Nixon campaign staff was directed by campaign chief there to get out as many telegrams as possible to Nixon supporting his new Vietnam action. Workers called friends or anybody they knew and asked them if their names could be used on telegrams to be sent. In some cases workers simply picked names and addresses at random from telephone book to use on telegrams.] Former campaign chief in California denies charges.
REPORTER: Dick Carlson
(Studio) ABC has canvassed Republican state chairperson to determine their reaction to Watergate scandal.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(NYC) Most chairperson feel Watergate will have no effect on local elections or Congress elections. Most feel Nixon acted in time to prevent serious damage to Republican party. Most feel political spying will continue. All feel complete truth about case must be discovered.
REPORTER: Ann Medina
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