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(Studio) Ford will visit New Orleans, Louisiana, via steamboat cruise on Mississippi River and will go to Alabama and Florida also wkend. after next.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Ford announces plans supported by South party leaders; reemphasizes reason for going to South [FORD - recalls statement in Vail, Colorado with regard to having ntl. campaign; says this is evidence of it.] Republican visitors at White House predict Ford victory in at least 1/2 of 13 South states. [Ford steering committee member Harry DENT - says South fertile in electoral votes for President; cites reasons.] Both candidates will speak to Italian-American Foundation dinner in Washington, DC tonight but won't meet; White House Press Secretary Ron Nessen says Carter doesn't want to hear Ford.
REPORTER: Phil Jones
- Cronkite, Walter;
- Jones, Phil
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