CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 20, 1976
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(Studio) Apathy in getting out to vote and concern with regard to this in Carter camp noted. Ohio is example of what it could mean.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Columbus, Ohio) Apathy and uncertainty may be most important factors in presidential race in Ohio. [MAN - says he's on fence.] [WOMAN - says candidates don't always get down to issues.] [2nd MAN - says candidates say they'll do much and won't do anything.] Ohio would seem Democrat dream, but except for Johnson, Ohio has gone Republican for last 6 president races. Carter's key to victory is Cleveland and Cuyahoga Cnty. Org. labor backing for Carter noted; prime targets are industry towns like Toledo and Youngstown. Black support is solid and important, but in ethnic areas of Cleveland, support is soft despite Ford's statement with regard to USSR domination in eastern Europe. [Cuyahoga County Democratic chairperson Anthony GARAFOLI - notes Carter leads, but bigger lead may be necessary to offset other parts of state.] Ford support lies mostly in small towns where Republican is way of life and conservative areas like Columbus. Farm vote, usually foundation of GOP support, is uncertain. [Ohio farm bureau representative Larry CANDLE - says farmers leaning to Ford, he thinks, if not enthusiastically; notes effect of grain embargo.] Unemployment as issue hurting Ford noted. Republican leaders here say real problem may be Ford's image. [Cuyahoga Cnty. Republican chairperson Robert HUGHES - says people wonder if Ford capable of being good president, though they feel he's honest and good person. Notes Ohio is toss-up between two candidates now and important to election of either.] Experts say voter turnout and decisions of undecided voters will make difference in Ohio's close race.
REPORTER: Randy Daniels