NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 20, 1968
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(Studio) Report on Credentials Committee
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(Chicago, Illinois) Committee hears challenges on North states: WA, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Connecticut. Committee may rule on Mississippi delegation challenge tonight. South civil rights activists formed coordinating committee so common front of South challenges can be presented. Eugene McCarthy credentials coordinator, Joseph Rauh Junior expects floor fight with regard to Georgia, Alabama and Texas delegations. He attacks Hubert Humphrey for not endorsing challenges and predicts committee will rule against them. [RAUH - says Georgia is guaranteed front fight. Alabama and Texas are probable fights. Unlikely these 3 will win in committee without Humphrey support.] [Humphrey's Credentials Coordinator Senator Walter MONDALE - says made it clear we want 1964 civil rights rule apply to all challenges. Mississippi situation different. Proper and important we support Mississippi loyalists. Full factual hearings required for other challenges.] Humphrey people reluctant to lose more South votes by supporting challenges. McCarthy supporters can embarrass Humphrey and dramatize McCarthy cause.
REPORTER: John Chancellor