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Campaign 1976 / Ford / Criswell Endorsement #242807

CBS Evening News for Sunday, Oct 10, 1976
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(Studio) Pastor of world's largest Southern Baptist church, Reverend W. A. Criswell of Dallas, Texas, endorses President Ford when Ford attends services there today. Criswell had criticized Betty Ford for comments re: daughter Susan on CBS program "60 Minutes" and President for signing Helsinki agreement and refusing to meet with USSR author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Dallas, Texas) Ford had had indications Criswell would make delaying Texas departure worthwhile. Criswell repeats question he asked Ford during White House talk. [CRISWELL - repeats question with regard to Ford's granting "Playboy" interview; says Ford told him he was asked and said no. Says he likes that. Calls "Playboy" pornographic magazine and says there are other public media in which to discuss moral issues of life and government] Criswell talks about Carter's statement that some church-owned property should be taxed. [CRISWELL - says Ford says he wouldn't let that happen.] 1 church official says it's 1 man's opinion from 1 pulpit and if Carter came to visit they'd do same for him all over again.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

Jones, Phil;
Schieffer, Bob

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