Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activiti...
Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Building
1973 (Actual Year)
[01.00.15-DEAN describes instances where White House subordinates were required to take blame to protect those higher up, compares to his situation with the Watergate coverup.] Senator TALMADGE. All right. Proceed. Mr. DEAN. Another instance that occurs to me is when during the 1970 congressional campaign there were a number of rather rough, you might call, of questionable political ethical standard, ads run that got the name of the Shipley ad because Mr. Shipley had signed the ads. The ultimate blame came to rest at the White House and it came to rest on Chuck Colson. [01.00.54] Senator TALMADGE. You are saving then in your testimony. as I understand it, it was common practice -in the White House when something went wrong for subordinates to take the blame for their superiors; is that your testimony? Mr. DEAN. Yes. it is, Senator. Senator TALMADGE. 'Thank you very much, Mr. Dean. I must rush to the Senate floor and the committee will stand in recess until the vice chairman or some other member returns. Thank you, sir. Mr. DEAN. Fine. [01.01.20] Jim LEHRER v.o. states that Sen. TALMADGE has raised the new ethical issue of scapegoating, which will be pursued further with DEAN. [PBS NETWORK ID-title screen "SENATE HEARINGS ON CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES"] [01.04.06-TAPE OUT]
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