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Campaign 1976 / Ford / Ethnic Groups #242840

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 12, 1976
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(Studio) President Ford meets with group of ethnic leaders representative Polish, Armenian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Estonian, Czechoslovakian and Ukranian voters, then flew to New York to meet ethnic voters themselves.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Brooklyn, New York) Ford admits to ethnic leaders he made mistake in saying eastern Europe not dominated by USSR ; Ford remarks to group quoted. White House releases fact sheet of Ford statements made over years with regard to eastern Europe and freedom for its peoples. Group leaders questioned later appear satisfied by explanation. [Polish National Alliance president Aloysius MAZEWSKI - says each member of community will have to decide for self, but he is satisfied.] [Lithuanian American Community president Stanley A. GECYS - says President admitted mistake and case closed.] Ford then goes to New York City to speak to predominantly Jewish group in Democrat area; demonstrators calling for freedom of Soviet Jews and dismissal of Secretary of State Henry Kissinger noted. [FORD - says he's opposed Arab boycott since it started in 1952 and that cntry.'s moral and legal opposition to boycott being made clear to foreign govts. and American business community.] Ford cheered by crowds in Brooklyn, New York.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) President later visits Senator Hubert Humphrey, in hospital recovering from surgery.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Schieffer, Bob

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