CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 19, 1976
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(Studio) President Ford talks with regard to Carter plan to cut defense spending. Reporter Bob Schieffer says it will be familiar theme in last 2 weeks of campaign. Ford pollsters say one of President's best points is nation at peace. Pollsters also tell Ford race is considered close in 16 of big states; one is Texas.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Houston, Texas) Report on Texas voters and expectations of campaign-watchers re: how state will vote. [Ford Texas campaign chairperson John CONNALLY - says it will be close but President will win.] Ronald Reagan campaigns here for Ford and Republican congress aspirants. Carter campaign has sent "Georgia Peanut Brigade" into Texas to work in 100 small towns across state. [MAN - talks to voter with regard to voting for Carter.] Democratic leaders say Carter ahead here and party well-organized, but express concern. [Carter campaign co-chairperson Bob ARMSTRONG - notes 2 areas of concern with regard to voter apathy and attitude toward campaign organization] Carter's "Playboy" interview also problem in Texas because of references to Lyndon B. Johnson. Carter support noted, include that of some fellow Baptists; Ford support also noted. Effect of undecided voters on election cited.
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg