Nelson Mandela to Byron Pitts: 'Good and Evil are Constantly at War, Good Men Must Choose'

ABC News' Byron Pitts recalls meeting South African peacemaker Nelson Mandela in Boston, Mass.
3:00 | 12/05/13

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Transcript for Nelson Mandela to Byron Pitts: 'Good and Evil are Constantly at War, Good Men Must Choose'
Numbering in our senior national correspondent Byron Pitts and Byron you're not we're talking about the story several years -- he was not elected president yet but was freed his first trip to America. And you meet him on the streets of Boston yes he was in Boston for the agency to raise money and to think his supporters and there. I think assignment of staking out the hotel where he was staying 4 o'clock in the morning -- him a good sign at the time. And all of a sudden I see this gentleman walking on the street as -- walking in the street and I -- for and I look. And he turns to me just jump to weigh in says. Yes -- With that beautiful baritone voice and thinking as a reporter and and -- mr. Mandela don't want to much of your time -- If I can -- one question. What is the one thing in life you know for -- He plus -- and -- the one thing in life I know for sure is this. Good and evil are constantly at war and Goodman -- Nelson Mandela jokes. He changed the world changed. David thinking about this moment -- as many wonderful -- he said not long after his release from prison. I can rest only for a moment for with freedom comes responsibilities. And I did not linger for my long walk is not yet and today. Today today and a short time ago president Jacob -- telling top Africa and the world. That we have lost a really a global icon of peace.

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