NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 29, 1972
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(Studio) Senator George McGovern's drive for 1st ballot nomination at Democratic national conv. runs into serious obstacle. Democratic credentials committee votes to take away 151 of 271 delegates he won in California winner-take-all primary, apportioning them among other candidates on California ballot.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) McGovern aide Frank Mankiewicz outflanked by stop McGovern coalition led by Humphrey aide Stan Bragman. [Norman JONES - says California delegation endorsed changing rules in other states challenged after game played.] [Clarence JONES - urges seating of California delegation.] [Hodding CARTER III - urges challenge be voted down.] [George BARRETT - describes political deals offered to get him to change vote.] [Victor GOTBAUM - says issue is not Humphrey or McGovern, but beating Nixon.] [Justin OSTROW - says liberal stand would be different if Wallace were challenged party] [Credentials committee chairperson, Mrs. Patricia HARPIS - announces results: motion carries.] [Senator Hubert HUMPHREY - speaking to National Press Club, learns of decision. Says his chances have markedly improved.] [MCGOVERN - calls it rottenest political steal he's seen in career. Says his rivals have pulled off in committee what they were unable to accomplish in open election. Says many heretofore uncommitted delegates will be so outraged by corrupt power play they will back McGovern. Still predicts 1st ballot victory.] [HUMPHREY - says one can t expect to lead a nation or party if he becomes angry when decision goes against him.] McGovern forces will appeal decision on convention floor.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit
(Studio) Credentials committee decision on California delegation will cause more tension at conv., more work for McGovern delegate hunters.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
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