NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 13, 1972
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(Studio) Democratic Convention rules say Presidential candidate's choice for running mate must be announced 3 hrs. before opening of final session. Senator George McGovern chooses Senator Thomas Eagleton, 42 years old, Catholic, moderate liberal with contacts among old guard of Democratic party and good reputation with labor leaders
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Miami Beach, Florida) [McGovern campaign manager, Frank MANKIEWICZ - says Eagleton chosen because he will complement ticket and would make good President should occasion arise.] [EAGLETON - describes telephone invitation.] Senators Edward Kennedy, Abraham Ribicoff refused Vice President bid. Others were considered: Wisconsin Governor Lucey, Sargent Shriver, etc. Eagleton not well known now, but will be.