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Nixon Russia Trip / Congressional Reaction #464663

NBC Evening News for Friday, Jun 02, 1972
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(Studio) President Nixon meets with Congress leaders to organization support for his agreement with Russians to limit nuclear weapons.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(White House) He addressed Congress upon return to US. At meeting today, 30 mbrs. Congress assembled for pep talk. Reaction mostly positive. [Senator Henry JACKSON - says offensive weapon treaty made because Soviet Union has advanced so much in this area during Nixon administration] [Senator Hugh SCOTT - says agreements freeze weapons Russians in process of making, do not freeze those United States is making - but United States could not in 5 years equal Russian construction.] [Senator Mike MANSFIELD - says accords are step in right direction to cut spiraling defense costs.] [Senator George MCGOVERN - says Nixon address didn't say anything new that wasn't already covered in press reports Glad he is moving toward reduction of arms. Says President should have concentrated on ending Vietnam war.] [Senator Hubert HUMPHREY - believes President visit to Soviet Union was in mtl. interest. Pleased with agreements reached. Says there are, however, other things yet to do.]
REPORTER: John Chancellor (narrates)

Chancellor, John

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