CBS Evening News for Thursday, Aug 26, 1976
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(Studio) Ford and Carter representatives meet in Washington, DC to work on debate format. Mtg. follows 1 in which Federal Election Commission gave preliminary approval to debate sponsorship by League of Women Voters.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Federal Election Commission says debates sponsored by league legal if no contributions from corps. or labor unions used. Commission concerned with precedents for state and local elecs. and staff to write more precise ruling to be taken up Monday Later Carter representatives meet with league officials to discuss procedures. Carter press secretary Jody Powell and Ford representative Dean Burch disagree on 2 items with regard to time and subjects of debates. [POWELL - says idea of trying to start early as Ford wants was public relations effort, not serious.] [BURCH - says surprised bat Powell's attitude; Ford committee wants confrontation to be helpful to voter and thinks sooner the better.] [POWELL - says if 1 is willing to be President he ought to take any question and Carter forces want open debate.] [BURCH - says debates not to see how fast candidates are, but to help voter.] After meeting both sides say that problems not insoluble and further mtgs. needed. 2nd meeting is Tuesday
REPORTER: George Herman