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Carter / No B-1 #252930

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 30, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter announces halt to B-1 bomber product and says deployment of cruise missile will take its place in defense system.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) President brings Defense Secretary Harold Brown with him to news conference [CARTER - announces decision and notes Brown's support. Says Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) negotiations trend will be clearer in coming mos. and further defense moves can be decided upon then. In meantime, deployment of cruise missile, on air-launched base like modernized B-52's, should begin.] President is asked if decision is signal to USSR to speed up on Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT). [CARTER - notes it's potential factor, but not reason for decision.] In campaign, he'd said bomber was waste of tax money, but today says he wasn't bound by statement. [CARTER - notes more classified information available as President than before, and tried to approach issue with open mind.] Air Force can keep 4 planes already produced.
REPORTER: Ed Bradley

(Studio) After announcement, House passes defense appropriations bill incling. funds for B-1; bill goes to Senator and fight over deletion of bomber funds expected.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Bradley, Ed;
Cronkite, Walter

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