CBS Evening News for Thursday, Oct 20, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter is finding it easier to make campaign promises than keep them; case in point is trimming White House staff.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) On campaign trail, Carter promised to change structure of government (Films shown.) [CARTER - intends to carry out complete reorg. of executive branch of government] After election, Carter staff makes book of promises he'd made and how to keep them; one is reduction of White House staff. In 1st fireside chat, Carter is more specific. [CARTER - will reduce White House staff by nearly 1/3.] Size of White House staff, from secys. to Carter advisers like Jody Powell and Hamilton Jordan, noted. Statements of president assistant Richard Harden with regard to reasons staff was larger instead of smaller, cited. In July, Carter becomes even more specific. [CARTER - cites plans to cut staff 28%.] Progress of plan to date described. [HARDEN - says they didn't anticipate some of things that have come up and it's taking more time than they'd thought.] If goal is reached, actual cut may only be about 12%, because some staffers are being put into newly formed White House unit, in which they will be in same offices and with same tasks, for most part. Reduction isn't as simple as it seems.
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint
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