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Reagan Cabinet #268321

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 16, 1980
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(Studio) Ronald Reagan reported selecting Alexander Haig as Secretary of State and Raymond Donovan as Labor Secretary
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Los Angeles, California) [REAGAN - defs. nominations of both men.] Opposition to Haig in Senate and Teamster opposition to Donovan, favoring attorney Betty Murphy, noted. [REAGAN - comments.] His further remarks with regard to blacks and women in cabinet outlined. [REAGAN - comments on son's remark about President Carter.]
REPORTER: Bill Plante

(s) Controversy facing Haig's confirmation noted involving Vietnam, Watergate and Richard Nixon's pardon. [HAIG - comments on Senator Robert Byrd.) Senator opposition to Haig said focusing on his White House roles under Nixon and Gerald Ford.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Haig's background examined; films shown. His role in "Saturday Night Massacre" with regard to William Ruckelshaus and Archibald Cox and Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II Senator debates recalled. [July, 1979, HAIG - testifies before Senator] Haig's military career examined; Henry Kissinger mentioned. His relationship with Nixon White House as chief of staff during administration's final days noted drawing most of the Senator's concern; June 4, 1973, Watergate tape featuring Haig and Nixon discussing John Dean, H. R. Haldeman discussed, quoted on screen. Other Nixon-era events Haig is expected to be questioned about outlined. [July, 1974, HAIG - comments on Nixon's pardon.] Ford recalled appointing Haig as NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) commander; details given. Alleged lobbying for Haig as Secretary of State said coming from Nixon and Kissinger.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Remaining cabinet posts to be filled listed; special report on Reagan cabinet announced for tonight.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Plante, Bill;
Schieffer, Bob

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