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Puerto Rico / Statehood #248702

CBS Evening News for Monday, Jan 03, 1977
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(Studio) Perhaps expiring with Ford presidency is President's surprise proposal for Puerto Rican statehood.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Ford proposal came last Friday in Vail, Colorado, and was surprise to cong. leaders, Puerto Rican leaders and to Jimmy Carter. Today White House spokesperson Ron Nessen says legislature may not reach Congress before January 20 because of complexity. Interior Department solicitor H. Gregory Austin says he believes attys. can meet deadline but it will be difficult because of inadequate advance notice. (Interview by Bill Plante.) [AUSTIN - cites difficulties involved.] P.R. question was victim of campaign and Ford's defeat and later aides hesitant to bring up issue. Ford's decision to deal with several waiting matters at last minute brought issue to fore. Ultimately, though, new president will dispose of issue of P.R. statehood.
REPORTER: Hal Walker

(Studio) Notes corrections of last Friday's report on issue with regard to Panama Canal Zone and DC.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Mudd, Roger;
Walker, Hal

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