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Watt Resignation #286860

CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 10, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) James Watt's public reaction to his resignation as Interior Secretary described, shown. [ASSOCIATE - notes Watt's effort to put up brave front.] President Reagan's aides noted compiling list of possible successors which will include envts., important for Reagan's reelec. campaign; leading contender at present thought Representative Manuel Lujan. His political attributes for President, include being Hispanic, outlined on screen. Other cands. noted incl. Clifford Hansen, and J.J. Simmons; their political strengths and weaknesses discussed. Watt's role in Reagan administration recalled.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

(DC) [January 20, 1983, WATT - calls for letting "Reagan be Reagan."] Watt's loyalty to President's economy and environmental policies reviewed. [September 1981, WATT - defs. pro-development decisions.] His approach to offshore oil exploration, coal leasing, oil-gas. development on federal lands, halt to acquisition of new national parks recalled. [President aide Edwin MEESE - claims Watt protected environmental more than any previous Interior Secretary] [Wilderness Society chairperson Gaylord NELSON - disagrees.] Watt's success in offending Beach Boys, liberals, American Indians and most other ethnic and minority groups recalled. [September 21, 1983, WATT - notes coal commission members include "black, woman, 2 Jews and a cripple."] Probability that Interior Department policies will remain unchanged due to President Reagan's support of them noted.
REPORTER: Susan Spencer

Rather, Dan;
Spencer, Susan;
Stahl, Lesley

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