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Carter / Democratic National Committee Speech / Congressional Relations #249330

CBS Evening News for Friday, Oct 07, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter Speaks To Democratic National Committee and Acknowledges He's Having Some problems. Afterwards, committee hands him more.

REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) [CARTER - has enjoyed administration so far and has welcomed controversy, which hasn't been sign of weakness or failure.] Carter's remarks on other issues noted. [CARTER - will send items he doesn't get passed in energy bill back to Congress next year Believes there will be ultimate success in Mid. East peace. Asks for committee 's help in getting Canal treaty passed; notes Democratic party has never asked for ease and this won't be easy.] President also speaks of tax and welfare reform.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Committee votes support for Carter on ratification of Canal treaty, but takes no stand on treaty. Party chairperson Ken. Curtis says this makes stand broad enough for even those Democrats who question treaty. Ratification of treaty is only one of problems President has in Congress; this has been rough week.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) (Some audio loss.) There is still bipartisan store of goodwill for Carter, but key leaders in both partys seem to agree with Senator Howard Baker, who says President doesn't understand Congress and treats it as if it were Georgia legislature [BAKER - thinks Carter got off to bad start and it hasn't improved and that he doesn't have understanding of Congress role.] Carter hasn't developed close ties with Democratic leaders in Congress Senator Edmund Muskie faults President with lack of follow-thru. [MUSKIE - notes only way President can get measure through Congress is for Congress to feel pressure from public; in order to get that support, President must be visible to people on issue in follow-thru basis.] Carter legislature director Frank Moore says this isn't meanness that has existed between Congress and past presidents, despite bickering. Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, however, remember last Democratic president who ran Congress as mean and tough; was Lyndon Johnson.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

Cronkite, Walter;
Jones, Phil;
Schieffer, Bob

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