CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 20, 1977
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(Studio) Gerald Ford's president ended 6 mos. ago.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Vail, Colorado) Report on Ford's lifestyle at present. [FORD - likes his life now.] Ford gives president Carter good marks on image, reserves grades otherwise; comments on human rights pressure on USSR and Latin American, lack of it on Cuba and Vietnam. [FORD - says human rights program right, but Carter must be consistent and forceful. Disagrees with decision with regard to scrap of B-1 and modernizing B-52's to use cruise missile. Also disagrees with GOP demands for special prosecutor for South Korean influence scandal; says it seems unnecessary now, but if Justice Department and congress probes drift without progress, then would be needed.] Both Ford and wife Betty work on memoirs. [Mrs. FORD - talks with aide with regard to memoirs.] Ford is sensitive with regard to charges of commercializing president [FORD - feels it's important and constructive to write and lecture with regard to own administration and transition to new one.] Ford wants more federal money for staff, but it would mean Richard Nixon's staff budget raised also, and congress sentiment is against that.
REPORTER: Phil Jones