NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 22, 1969
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(Studio) Nixon leaves to see Apollo XI splashdown and goodwill tour of S.E. Asia and Romania. He leaves with confidence, thinking United States supports him and grows conservative.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(DC) Justice Department, attorney Kevin Phillips' "Emerging Republican Majority" says Mason-Dixon Line is no longer political boundary. In midst of country and sunbelt is Nixon country [PHILLIPS - says interior no longer split North and S. 21 of 25 heartland states supported Nixon. Heartland is pro-Nixon bloc. Sunbelt is South half of United States from coast to coast. National future centered here. Group lacks roots and is semi-frontier Anglo-Saxon middle-class culture. It dislikes welfare. Thinks American socially viable.] Nixon must be conservative enough to take away George Wallace voters. Phillips sees Republican future in smaller towns and Negroes may use Democratic party to pull selves up. Sees place for lower middle-class whites in Republican Party; enough to keep Republicans in office for while.
REPORTER: John Chancellor