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Republican Party Reactions / Demo. Victory #31004

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 17, 1974
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(Studio) Republican party ponders 2 questions: How big a factor is Watergate ; and what is its impact on fall elections?
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Democratic party chairperson Robert Strauss says Nixon leadership, not Watergate, big issue in Michigan. Republican chairperson George Bush says high unemployment caused defeat. [BUSH - says Watergate will get better when impeachment inquiry over; feels economy affected Michigan election.] Bush doesn't forecast impeachment. [STRAUSS - warns staff not to exploit Watergate issue; says country ready for Nixon trial; doesn't say if Nixon guilty or innocent; stresses importance of nonpartisanship.] 1 Republican party leader believes Strauss.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Donaldson, Sam;
Smith, Howard K.

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