NBC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 22, 1968
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(Convention Floor) Platform committee shifts its attention from Vietnam to urban crisis. [Colorado Delegate Rich GEBHARDT - asks Daley why fences must be built around selves when event like this comes to big city.] [Mayor Richard J. DALEY - asks if this is point of platform.] [GEBHARDT - says it's an attempt to understand city's problems.] [DALEY - says this has nothing to do with platform. It's political and propaganda talk.] Daley walks off. [San Francisco Mayor Joseph ALIOTO - says looters arrested, not shot at; even when running away.] [National Welfare Rights Org. Beulah SANDERS - says young blood needed. Get a President who'll work for us or we'll do the job ourselves. You can have your platform.] Agreed there's poverty and decay in cities. Agreed billions of federal money would be needed. Welfare system condemned. [Texas Governor John CONNALLY - says wants plank to call on Ho Chi Minh and other Communist leaders to end obstructionist tactics and to bargain in good faith. Wants plank to support administration's fight to preserve our own freedom and that of other ntns. elsewhere.] [AFL-CIO President George MEANY - says no faith in semi-skilled intellectuals who think it can be solved by surrender. When you tell Communists of unconditional halt of North Vietnam bombing, you've said it all.]
REPORTER: Chet Huntley