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Campaign 1976 / Debates / Maddox Petition / Reporters For First Debate #248047

CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 20, 1976
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(Studio) Federal Communications Commission denies presidential candidate Lester Maddox petition to be included in TV debates between Ford and Carter. League of Women Voters names journalists questioners in 1st debate.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Moderator for 1st debate will be NBC's Edwin Newman; panelists will be "New Yorker" magazine reporter Elizabeth Drew, ABC News reporter Frank Reynolds and "Wall Street Journal" reporter James Gannon. CBS News correspondent George Herman acknowledges league invited him to be panelist and he declined; neither he nor CBS would make further comment. Last week's statement by CBS News President Richard Salant with regard to CBS reporters asked to take part in debates noted. Salant sends telegram to candidates requesting they drop issue of limited camera shots of debate; White House says Ford won't; Carter couldn't be reached. Salant says today CBS television and radio will cover debates. League says 2nd debate will be October 6 in San Francisco, California.
REPORTER: Fred Graham

Cronkite, Walter;
Graham, Fred

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