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Campaign 1976 / Debates / League of Women Voters / Networks #248008

CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 17, 1976
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(Studio) 1st president debate scheduled for next week in Philadelphia. Today, DC judge rejects challenges to debate by independent candidate Eugene McCarthy and American Party candidate Tom Anderson.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Judge Aubrey Robinson declared public interest best served if debates go as planned. Judge also says 2 should have complained to FEC or FCC. McCarthy's attorney says he'll appeal. President of League of Women Voters says league and television networks not in agreement over some debate arrangements; these noted. League president explains submitting journalists names in advance. [Ruth CLUSEN - says it's courtesy; if Ford or Carter object to journalist, they have no veto power.] Reporter asks about league decision not to allow networks use of own cameras. [CLUSEN - says focus has to be on candidates; if other shots shown, there would be certain amt. of editorializing and selection.] Network and league representatives will meet in DC Saturday to try to work out problems. CBS News President Richard Salant says CBS considering several alternatives, incling. boycott of debates if changes not made; NBC and ABC refuse comment.
REPORTER: Fred Graham

Cronkite, Walter;
Graham, Fred

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