CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 19, 1976
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(Studio) Effect and important of ethnic vote on president election is question in this yr.'s campaign.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Hamtramck, Michigan) Pols. feelings with regard to importance of ethnic vote in election noted. Report looks at Polish community of Hamtramck, Michigan. [Polish citizens community president Roman ULMAN - says they want fair share in all levels of government] Some believe ethnic political power disintegrating. [Polish immigrant and University of Connecticut professor Louis GERSON - says ethnic voters don't vote on one issue but as member of group.] Cleveland community of Slovenes, Croatians and Lithuanians shows cultural ethnicity central here; atmosphere of Tony Petkosic's record shop and studio cited. Pol. power most apparent in Cleveland city council [City council representative David TRENTON - says they like to know what is going on, what officials are doing; common trait in ethnic candidate.] Ethnic cohesiveness not so apparent on president level. Ohio state rep. Dennis Eckart says Ford's eastern Europe remarks affected 1st generation ethnics more than others. [ECKART - says 2nd and 3rd generations more removed from mother cntry.] [Republican county auditor George VOINIVICH - says ethnic group is sophisticated and is cynical with regard to efforts of both ptys. to exploit them; cites voting influence in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan and ideas with regard to Ford's statement in San Francisco.] Ford campaign can't afford loss of ethnic vote because strategists decided in August it was important as way to beat Carter.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd