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Campaign 1976 / Carter / Ford Statement Re: Eastern Europe Reaction #243208

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Oct 07, 1976
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(Studio) Carter also campaigns in California and tries to make most of Ford eastern European ntns. statement.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Salt Lake City, UT) Carter returns to campaign trail confident of good debate appearance; says he made no mistakes as Ford did; launches plan to capitalize on Ford's statement that eastern European cntrys. free of USSR domination. [CARTER - notes remarks made when he talked to Senator Walter Mondale Wednesday night.] Carter strategists considering use of tape of Ford comments in television commercials claiming to show further example of President's failure to lead. [CARTER - says statement was disgrace to country Says Hungary, Poland, Czechoslovakia and eastern Germany have been under USSR domination for long time.] Carter meets with leaders of ethnic groups also; scheduling of this type of meeting to be stepped up now. In Salt Lake City, UT, Carter greeted by leaders of Mormon church. Carter aides say Carter won debate and now making comeback in campaign; others in pols. say not so much Carter win as Ford loss.

(Studio) Reaction of American immigrants from eastern European cntrys. noted. Spokesperson for American Hungarians and for National Captive Ntns. Committee's remarks cited.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Chicago, Illinois) Reaction of Polish Americans noted; spokesperson for most Polish orgs. and members of Republican say Ford statement reduces chances of Ford getting urban ethnic vote. [Polish National Alliance President Aloysius MAZEWSKI - says it was serious blunder.] [Illinois Republican Representative Edward DERWINSKI - says if election this wkend., would be detrimental, but President has time to clarify remarks.] Reactions in working community noted with some saying statement political naive. [Theodore KOSTNER - says Ford's made greatest blunder of life.] [Casey RYSIEK - says USSR dominates all cntrys. there.] Republican hopes of making inroads in Chicago's population of people of Polish origin may have been diminished by debate.
REPORTER: Randy Daniels

(Studio) For. reaction noted, include West European newspaper reports, NATO official's remarks in Brussels, Belgium, and United Nations diplomats expressions of disbelief. Soviet news agency TASS reports debate briefly; makes no mention of eastern Europe reference.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Daniels, Randy;
Rabel, Ed

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