CBS Evening News for Monday, May 17, 1976
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(Studio) Democratic party platform committee begins hearings.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Democratic party determined to avoid discord which permeated 1968 and `72 elections. [Chairperson Democratic national committee Robert STRAUSS - says Democrat bickering brought disaster and Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford to the US.] Rhode Island Governor Philip Noel stepped down as chairperson Black groups demanded his ouster due to remarks with regard to black parents. Blacks and liberals fought seating of Dan. Patrick Moynihan on platform drafting committee Carter's representatives worked with new chairperson, Minnesota Governor Wendell Anderson, to keep Moynihan from being replaced. [Carter delegate Howard KRAMER - notes anecdote in favor of Moynihan.] [Civil Rights leader Clarence MITCHELL - says black vote not in Democratic party's pocket.] Civil rights leader Joseph Rauh seated next to Mitchell. George Wallace and George Meany don't testify because they refuse to cross NBC picketline. Carter representatives want Democrats to see that Carter can be worked with.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl
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