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Agnew Vice Presidential Choice / Politics / Nixon / Opposition #441757

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 08, 1968
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(Studio) Ldrs. South delegations delighted with Agnew choice. Agnew admitted his name wasn't hsehold. word. His political background cited. He's hardliner on urban rioting; says looters ought to be shot.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Miami Beach, Florida) [AGNEW - says Nixon selected him due to his knowledge of city, county and state government Need for new programs exists. Nixon views Vice President job as 1 that should have expanded responsibilities. Is pro-civil rights. No civil rights can be achieved without restoring order and stopping condonement of civil disobedience. Learned of choice by phone call. Didn't defect to Nixon side from Rockefeller's; just made political judgment. Can't analyze strength he brings to Republican ticket. Agnew not hsehold name.]
REPORTER: No reporter given

(Miami Beach, Florida) Agnew won governor's race in 1966 against Democrat who ran on racist platform. Agnew talked harshly to black ldrs after riots following Dr. Martin Luther King's death and 1/2 walked out. Students at black college staged sit-in at State House for reforms and he ordered them arrested. Has said police shouldn't hesitate to shoot looters if they didn't stop. Alienated by Rockefeller's indecisiveness about running. Nixon could put Agnew on ticket and repay South for support without putting Southerner on ticket.
REPORTER: Sander Vanocur

(Miami Beach, Florida) Threat of George Wallace led Nixon to discard VP possibilities like New York City Mayor John Lindsay and Senators Charles Percy and Mark Hatfield. Due to N.E. votes, Ronald Reagan vetoed. Nixon likes Agnew; feels he can handle urban affairs well. Nixon to walk middle road
REPORTER: Herbert Kaplow

(Miami Beach, Florida) Liberal Republicans feel Nixon sold out to South to get nomination. Fear Agnew will weaken ticket. Michigan Governor George Romney says his delegation ready to revolt until he talked them out of it. Says they'd revolt if someone else started it.
REPORTER: Douglas Kiker

Brinkley, David;
Kaplow, Herbert;
Kiker, Douglas;
Vanocur, Sander

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