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Vietnam / Senate Reaction / Mansfield #442955

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 21, 1969
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(Studio) Senate Foreign Relations Committee postpones series of public hearings that could have criticized admin Senator George Aiken expects all forces to be withdrawn within a year South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu says open to cease-fire, but not unilateral. Senator Mike Mansfield says President Nixon's orders for troops to defense selves only amts. to cease-fire.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(DC) Senator Mansfield says President Nixon gave orders while on July trip. He says "protective reaction" combined with enemy's desire to avoid combat, is a good thing. [Senator MANSFIELD - says enemy reduced infiltration and fighting. President gave orders to Abrams. It is a cease-fire President wants to get out, so Senator supports him.]
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Huntley, Chet

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