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Watt Controversy #287292

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 05, 1983
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(Studio) Continuing call for Interior Secretary James Watt's ouster despite efforts of President Reagan to end matter noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Watt and President aide Edwin Meese said meeting today to discuss increasing pressure from Senator for Watt's resignation; White House and Interior Department's denials that Watt is considering resigning noted. Reagan's response to Watt's latest offensive remark aimed at blacks, women, Jews and handicapped quoted on screen. Senator consideration of issue today, with pressure from Republicans such as Ted Stevens and Slade Gorton for Watt to leave Interior Department, discussed. [GORTON - feels Watt is harming President] Senator Robert Byrd noted pushing resignation resolution in Senate [BYRD - believes Reagan is making himself vulnerable to allegations of indecisiveness and failure to act by not firing Watt.] Probable Senator resolution calling for Watt's ouster next week if he's still in office when Senator resumes session noted.
REPORTER: Phil Jones Artist: Don Juhlin

Jones, Phil;
Rather, Dan

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