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Carter / Bell / Bergland / Kreps #243902

CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 20, 1976
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(Studio) In 3 new appts. to cabinet, Carter incls. woman.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Plains, Georgia) Agriculture Secretary to be Minnesota Representative Robert Bergland, Duke University Vice President Juanita Kreps will be Commerce Secretary and former judge, Atlanta attorney Griffin Bell to be Attorney General [BELL - cites inscriptions on bldgs. at Justice Department and Supreme Court; says he'll try to provide for both.] [CARTER - notes suggestion made to him that he appointed brother, Billy, Attorney General, as John Kennedy apptd. his brother, Robert] Comment noted re: Georgians in cabinet. [CARTER - says he thinks he's made right decisions; notes there's been no South Attorney General since Civil War.] Some blacks uneasy with regard to Bell appointed Bell's earlier statement with regard to busing and his support of G. Harrold Carswell as Nixon apptee. to Supreme Court noted. Bell says today he didn't know of Florida judge's early segregationist speech or mbrship. in segregated club. [BELL - says he knew nothing of speech or Tallahassee club; denies endorsing Carswell, but says letter to Nixon said Carswell qualified for Court] 1 reporter notes only 1 black so far in cabinet. [CARTER - says judgements with regard to cabinet should wait till it's apptd.] Carter says it's been hard to find qualified women for posts; Kreps responds. [KREPS - says it's hard to say there aren't qualified women.] [CARTER - says she's just disagreed with him.] Carter will try to finish cabinet appts. this week; comments of Bell with regard to FBI director noted. Present FBI director Clarence Kelley to stay until sometime next year
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Opposition to Bell noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Background on Bell noted. Incidents which cooled black and liberal feeling about him include Carswell support, vote against seating Julian Bond in Georgia legislature, views on busing, and votes with regard to class action consumer lawsuits. [NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) general cnsl. Nathaniel JONES - says Bell not like George Wallace, but says Bell did put obstacles in way of civil rights.] [ABA pres. Justine STANLEY - says Bell is fair-minded and believes in equality.] Bell is now partner of Carter adviser Charles Kirbo and is close personally and political to Carter. Is said he may eventually get to Supreme Court
REPORTER: Fred Graham (WWL-TV film)

(Studio) Background of Minnesota farmer and Congman. Bergland noted. Kreps, born in Kentucky, was 1st woman director of New York Stk. Exchange and of J.C. Penney Company, 1st woman to be James B. Duke professor of econs. at Duke University and 1st woman Vice President of Duke University; other details of background noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Schieffer, Bob

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