CBS Evening News for Thursday, Dec 09, 1976
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(Studio) Mtgs. with regard to future of both political ptys. take place in Washington, DC today. Carter meets at Blair House with people helping shape administration and Ford meets at White House with top Republican members with regard to future of party
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Among those in mtgs. with Carter today are Vice President-elect Walter Mondale, retired Democratic party chairperson Robert Strauss and former Defense Secretary Clark Clifford, who has advised presidents since Harry Truman. [CLIFFORD - talks with regard to defense budget and relations with USSR and Carter's concerns here.] In afternoon, big business execs. meet with Carter and come out talking of investment tax credit for business and possibility of tax cut. [DuPont exec. Irving SHAPIRO - says business plans can be built with understanding of what government wants and expects of business] Carter also meets with UAW (United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America) president Leonard Woodcock. [WOODCOCK - says he favors 1-shot tax rebate rather than continuing tax cut.] Carter also meets with CIA director George Bush, Representative Barbara Jordan and former budget director Charles Schultze. Friday Carter will turn attention to Congress and Pentagon before returning to Plains, Georgia.
REPORTER: Ed Bradley
(DC) Republican meeting at White House is Ford's idea to promote appearance of party unity. Attending are Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, John Connally and Ronald Reagan, who left early and talked to reporters outside. [REAGAN - says if he'd been Republican nominee, Watergate wouldn't have been issue in campaign.] Connally later indicates firmer but not irrevocable statement of disinterest with regard to Republican chairperson's post. Ford says chrmship., 2nd meeting by group and national coordinating committee discussed by group. Is asked if group is cncl. of party elders. [FORD - says they've got life left in them. Says group representatives Republican party and will work with others and won't be kingmakers.]
REPORTER: Barry Serafin