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Draft Reform / Nixon / Laird / 19-Year Olds #7152

ABC Evening News for Friday, Sep 19, 1969
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(Studio) President Nixon cancels draft for 2 mos.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) [President NIXON - says draft calls of 32,000 for Nov, and 18,000 in December canceled, October call to phase out over 3 mos. Vietnam reduction caused draft reduction.]
REPORTER: No reporter given

(DC) Draft plan point of admin, Vietnam plan. Hope to soften domestic opposition to war. [Defense Secretary Melvin LAIRD - says took action to remove draft inequities, 19-yr. old will know by time he's 20 if he'll have to serve or not.] President wants lottery system for 19-yr. olds by Congress If Congress doesn't act, President to sign executive order calling for random lottery.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(Studio) 19-26-yr. olds draftable now. Reform would make 19-yr, olds draft targets. Those closest to 20th birthday to be taken 1st.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Jarriel, Tom;
Smith, Howard K.

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