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(Studio) Another controversy from 2nd debate is Arab boycott of Israel.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) American companies have been required to report requests to participate in boycotts and last October requirement to report whether request honored added. Till 2nd debate Ford administration wouldn't publicize boycott compliances. [FORD - says Commerce Department will disclose companies which have participated in Arab boycott.] Commerce Secretary Elliot Richardson says disclosures won't be retroactive; names have been made available to Congress] President tells Richardson to make public boycott-related reports filed in future with Department Congress Democrats upset because Ford says action is result of congress inaction. [Senator William PROXMIRE - says Congress took initiative on legislature to restrict boycott and Ford administration blocked it.] Democrats say they will introduce legislature at beginning of next congress session against foreign boycotts; say they have enough votes to override veto if necessary.
REPORTER: Bernard Kalb
- Cronkite, Walter;
- Kalb, Bernard
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