NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 10, 1969
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(Studio) Nixon wants present Voting Rights Act to apply for all states, instead of 7 South states. House Sub. Committee votes to extend present law, which applies only to South states. Senator Judiciary Sub. Committee discusses matter.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) [NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) spokesperson Clarence MITCHELL - wants extension of act. Nixon's plan deliberately weaker and designed as payoff to Strom Thurmond for his help during campaign.] [Senator THURMOND - says South not on same basis as other states. 1964 Act punishes states that voted for Goldwater.] [MITCHELL - says if bill repealed, South Carolina will revert to former actions. Law enabled us to reach states where problem does exist.] Southern Senators opposed to extension of bill.
REPORTER: Douglas Kiker