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Ford / Veterans of Foreign Wars Speech / Amnesty #235794

CBS Evening News for Monday, Aug 19, 1974
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(Studio) President Ford speaks to Veterans of Foreign Wars about death of American ambassador to Cyprus and granting conditional amnesty to draft evaders and deserters.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Chicago, Illinois) Fords introduced as President and Mrs. Nixon. Mayor Richard Daley absent due to illness. Motorcade parade held. Crowd of 100,000 greets Ford. Meets with Senator Charles Percy at hotel. Richard Roudebush named Veterans Administration dir. [FORD - says wants no arrogance to any individual. Doesn't like red tape or any type of tape. Wants deserters and dodgers to come home if they want to work way back. Young men need 2nd chance. Foresees their earned reentry. Rejects amnesty and revenge.] [Veterans of Foreign Wars spokesperson - says won't exile anybody.] [2nd SPOKESPERSON- says let them pay price to come back.] [3rd SPOKESPERSON - says opposed to anything for them.]
REPORTER: Phil Jones

(En route to DC) [FORD - cites amnesty decision and how he arrived at it, and whom to speak to.] Says healing talk should be used in broadest context.
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint

Jones, Phil;
Mudd, Roger;
Pierpoint, Robert

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