ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 16, 1980
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(Studio) Ronald Reagan reported choosing Alexander Haig as Secretary of State and Raymond Donovan as Labor Secretary, respectively; probability that Haig's nomination will revive Richard Nixon's Watergate era noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) Reagan noted again absent at announcement. [Transition press secretary Jim BRADY - announces selection.] Absence as well of nominees cited; Donovan and Haig's activities today outlined. [HAIG - comments.] Haig's role as Nixon's chief of staff in final Watergate days recalled, discussed; films shown. [December 1973, HAIG - comments on gap in Watergate tapes.] Haig's alleged meeting with Gerald Ford with regard to Pardon for Nixon prior to Ford taking office noted.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(DC) Capitol Hill reaction to today's nominations examined. [Senators Alan CRANSTON, Howard BAKER - comment on Watergate.] Democrats of Senator For. Relations Committee said hoping to hire attorney Terry Lenzner to head Haig investigation; Lenzner's background and projected focus of investigation stated.
REPORTER: Catherine Mackin
(Los Angeles, California) [REAGAN - defs. Haig nomination.] His similar defense of Donovan, despite Teamster objection, mentioned. [REAGAN - comments on lack of blacks or women in cabinet.] Remaining unfilled cabinet slots noted.
REPORTER: Susan King
(Studio) Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Max Robinson