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Campaign 1976 / Carter's Church / Black Members / Ford Committee Telegram #243470

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 02, 1976
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(Studio) Ford committee sends telegrams to about 400 black leaders with regard to issue of black trying to join Carter's church.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Ford committee spokesperson today says if committee had known of telegram they would have stopped it; spokesperson Ron Webber says telegram sent without authorization by People for Ford committee member Martin Dinkins; Dinkins says he didn't send telegram on own. [DINKINS - says church's action is slap in face; says he cleared telegram.] (Interview by Harry Radliffe.) Webber later says top Ford committee officials, as well as committee legal staff, approved telegram. Details of telegram, Carter campaign reaction and list of black mins. who received telegram noted. CBS reporter Robert Shakne reached 3 of mins. and each said only telegram they'd received was this one.

Cronkite, Walter;
McManus, Jim

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