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Campaign 1976 / Ford / Carter / Foreign Policy #243064

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 26, 1976
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(Studio) President Ford and Jimmy Carter speak with regard to each other's foreign policy programs and proposals.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Chicago, Illinois) In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ford visits steel mill, then goes to Pittsburgh economy club where he says Carter's foreign policy would weaken US mil. and shortchange United States on arms negotiations. [FORD - says if policy applied as Carter says, it could lead to international crises.] Ford also speaks with regard to Carter statements that he'd break Arab oil embargo if it happened and that United States wouldn't aid Yugoslavia if USSR invaded. [FORD - says adversary shouldn't know United States plans in foreign policy because it weakens United States flexibility and increases adversary's.] In Chicago, President and Mrs. Betty Ford cross paths; then President goes to shopping center. For. policy speech is focal point of day and aimed at showing wide difference in President's and Carter's views.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(No location given) Carter says Ford contradictory on issues; says Ford has said same thing with regard to Yugoslavia that he's said. [CARTER - says time of bluffing with threats of military action past; says he'd let USSR know such action in Yugoslavia would endanger detente.] Carter goes to SC. [CARTER - says can't have slapstick approach to nation's defense or other policies.] Carter says Ford's leadership weak in defense and most other government matters. In south Illinois Carter speaks with regard to voter apathy; concern of Democrats in Illinois is effect of Democrat gubernatorial candidate Michael Howlett, picked by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, who is well behind in polls. Carter calls on Ford to stop distribution of handout called "Heartland" which Carter says slanders him and family; says it will do Ford no good.

(Studio) President Ford committee publishes "Heartland"; cover has cartoon of Carter with Bible in 1 hand and "Playboy" in other.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Rabel, Ed;
Schieffer, Bob

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