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Anti-Ballistic Missile System Expansion #9293

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 24, 1970
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(Studio) anti-ballistic missile was close Congress battle last year; Nixon won; Melvin Laird starts it again; requests expansion of system.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(No location given) Modified Phase II system put base near Saint Louis; to buy 5 other sites across cntry.; protest-against Russia and China too. [Melvin LAIRD - says United States underestimated threats last year] Resistance to expansion rising.
REPORTER: Bill Downs

(DC) anti-ballistic missile revolt in Congress, Senator John Pastore supported expansion last yr.; but against it now. [Senator PASTORE - says at this time doesn't plan to support expansion.] Senator Winston Prouty may vote against expansion too. Nixon may lose critical 2nd round of ABM.

(Studio) Laird also says will announce massive cut in military spending.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Clark, Bob;
Downs, Bill;
Smith, Howard K.

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