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Carter / Press Conference #251487

CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 15, 1977
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(Studio) Carter news conference reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) President unveils anti-inflation program; details noted. Special labor-management team, headed by AFL-CIO leader George Meany and General Electric Company president Reginald Jones, to meet with regard to inflation programs. [CARTER - notes goal of reducing inflation to 4% by 1979. Says his proposals not like those of Ford admin.] President concedes energy plan, to be revealed next week, will be inflationary. [CARTER - hopes to hold down inflation.]
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Carter will veto permanent tax reduction being pushed by Republicans and plays down USSR rejection of United States disarmament proposals; says he may meet with USSR leader Brezhnev later in year
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) President expresses optimism with regard to Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT). [CARTER - comments on own feelings with regard to talks and with regard to USSR presenting its views to Soviet people. Notes Geneva talks coming in May.] Carter says he'd welcome series of mtgs. with Brezhnev; conts. talking to reporters after conference ends. [CARTER - doesn't want to work under pressure of having to sign agreement if he and Brezhnev meet; believes it's not in best interests of nation] Current problem still seems to be dealing with cruise missile and backfire bomber in Vladivostok agreement. Disarmament negotiator Paul Warnke and USSR ambassador Dobrynin meet today. REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint

(Studio) Arms Control Agency spokesperson says agency to disband verification unit which checks USSR compliance with arms agreements; details, and comment of unit head noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Schieffer, Bob

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