CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 11, 1976
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(Studio) Democratic candidate front-runner, Jimmy Carter, finds self a target.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Georgia) Carter shown campaigning. Carter criticized for inconsistencies in record. In 1970, when running for Georgia governor, Carter calls self "redneck" and courted anti-liberal votes. [Ex-Georgia Governor Lester MADDOX - says Carter campaigned as friend of his. Carter is total fraud.] [CARTER - says anyone connected with Georgia pols. knows Carter and Maddox are bitter political opponents, but didn't run on that platform. Never heard anyone say he ran racist campaign. Calls primary efforts successful.] As governor, Carter said time for discrimination over and apptd. blacks to office and hung portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior in capitol. As peanut farmer, Carter led fight to end segregation at church and resisted pres sure to join white citizens council [Georgia Democratic Representative Andrew YOUNG - says Carter is poor boy from South who made good. He's trying to reach those who have been enslaved by racism and poverty.] Carter claims to have saved millions for Georgia by consolidating state agencies, and left Georgia with budget surplus. Georgia speaker house , Thomas Murphy, disputes claims. [MURPHY - says Carter's reorg. cost Georgia $75 million per year] [CARTER - says nothing has been done to undo reorg. efforts. Defends his program. If Murphy right, program could have been changed.] 1 Georgia representative says Carter overstating case in saying reorg. best thing that ever occurred in Georgia. [MURPHY - says Carter is anybody's dog who will hunt with him.] Carter supporters grill him with regard to issues. [CARTER - says it's compliment to be scrutinized. Hasn't lost sleep over it.]
REPORTER: Ed Rabel
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