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Carter / Energy Plan / Mid. East / Torrijos Visit #248902

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 12, 1977
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(Studio) With Senator having diluted energy program, President Carter says he's going to people; says crisis more serious now than 6 mos. ago.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) As Carter finishes talks with Nigerian leader Lieutenant General Obasanjo, White House discloses that administration will launch major campaign hoping to rally public support for energy plan. [CARTER - notes energy company ads citing their point of view; believes it's time for him to go back to cntry. with plan, since end of congress session is near.] [House speaker Tip O'NEILL - says if President made mistake, it was because he didn't give same attention to legislature in Senate that he gave in House] Carter will kick off campaign with press conference on Thursday; other steps being considered noted. Comments of Press Secretary Jody Powell noted.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Oil exporting ntns. and oil companies agree that prices must stay ahead of inflation and discuss annual price rise of 15%. Carter welcomes Israeli cabinet approval of United States-proposed format for Mid. East peace talks.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) President says he's pleased with Israeli cabinet's approval. [CARTER - thinks all ptys. begin to see conference is not something to fear, but is 1st step to final settlement.] Though President tries to sound optimistic, there is still mood of caution. State Department spokesperson acknowledges for 1st time that question of Palestinian representative at Geneva hasn't been settled. Outcome now appears to rest on whether or not Arab states, especially Syria, continue to insist on PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) participation.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Israeli foreign minister Moshe Dayan rptdly. got hostile reception from Israeli parliamentary committee while briefing it on new conference procedures; remarks of key Labor party members noted. Is announced that Panama leader, General Omar Torrijos, will meet with Carter on Friday at White House to discuss continuing controversy with regard to Canal treaty.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin;
Schieffer, Bob

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