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CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 14, 1976
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(Studio) President Ford appts. Anne Armstrong to succeed United States ambassador to Britain, Elliot Richardson.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) [FORD - gives some of credit for appointed to wife, Betty.] [ARMSTRONG - says great that American president 1st to appointed woman to Court of Saint James Will work doubly hard.]

(Studio) Clare Booth Luce was ambassador to Italy. Perle Mesta was ambassador to Luxembourg.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Armstrong, Texas) Armstrong lives on 50,000-acre ranch. She's daughter of New Orleans coffee grower and Vassar Phi Beta Kappa. Married to Tobin Armstrong and has 5 children. She switched from Democrat to Republican party due to Democrat emphasis on federal centralization. Her political background noted. She served as 1st woman to co-chairperson Republican national committee Apptd. president counselor by Richard Nixon. She was strong Nixon supporter. May `74 film shown. [ARMSTRONG - says evidence points out that President had no knowledge of Watergate, knew nothing of cover-up and did nothing to obstruct justice.] Interview of last week shown. [ARMSTRONG - believed Nixon; says she knew nothing about Watergate. Nixon did fine things with foreign policy. Heard British don't discriminate.] Children to stay in US; husband to accompany her.

Cronkite, Walter;
Rabel, Ed

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