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Campaign 1976 / Carter / Georgia Resort Trip / Views of Campaign #242787

CBS Evening News for Friday, Oct 01, 1976
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(Studio) In birthday celebrations in ME, Connecticut, Tennessee and Pennsylvania, Jimmy Carter demonstrates new campaign strategy of attacking President Ford.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Hartford, Connecticut) Carter says Ford is insensitive to people's problems as DC insider. [CARTER - says Ford is President of vetoes, 1 who doesn't know how to work with Congress and whose friends are Washington, DC lobbyists.] Carter criticism of Ford's golf outings paid for by United States Steel lobbyist William Whyte brings questions with regard to Carter and family making trip to Georgia resort as guests of owner Brunswick Pulp and Paper Company when Carter was governor Carter says trip was publicized and government business discussed. [CARTER - says wouldn't say his action proper and Ford improper; cites reason for own trip re: forestry industry] Crowd size in Hartford, Connecticut, noted; Carter says voter apathy may be 1 potentially fatal aspect of campaign.

(Studio) In Portland, ME, interview with reporter, Carter talks about 1st debate. (Film of interview shown.) [CARTER - says public support since debate shows he did well; cites weakness in 1st 2 questions and reason for it.] Reporter asks why campaign hasn't soared. [CARTER - notes procedure and strategy in campaign.] Reporter asks if President doesn't have to stay closer to White House [CARTER - says Ford didn't do it in last fall's cong. campaigns and against Ronald Reagan in primaries.] Reporter notes reports of some conflict between campaign operatives and local leaders in some states, especially New York and California. [CARTER - says has happened in some states but doesn't believe so in New York; notes lack of primary support from old-time pol. leaders and present efforts to get their support.] Reporter asks about seriousness of "Playboy" interview. [CARTER - says thing that concerned him after interview was comment with regard to Lyndon B. Johnson; notes earlier comment in same interview with regard to Johnson and Abraham Lincoln. Cites details of conversation with Mrs. Johnson after interview publicity.] Carter says Midwest is toughest area, but says chances of carrying Michigan and Dole's home state, Kansas, good. Carter's comments on southern strength noted; new Gallup poll shows Ford has cut into Carter's south lead, factor in Carter's overall lead drop to 8 percentage points.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Rabel, Ed

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