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CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 23, 1977
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(Studio) White House announces President Carter will undertake 11-day foreign trip. to 8 ntns. on 4 continents.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Carter will visit Caracus, Venezuela, Brasilia, Brazil,- Lagos, Nigeria, New Delhi, India, Tehran, Iran, Paris, Warsaw and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. National Security -Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski makes announcement; Carter had said he would stay at home most of 1st term. [BRZEZINSKI - notes this is only Carter's 2nd trip abroad and that administration thinks it's useful.] press has wondered if announcement was timed to focus attention away from domestic problems, coming as it did just after Lance affair and while energy plan is having trouble in Congress; spokesperson Jody Powell denies it. REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) House minority leader John Rhodes, in speech in San Francisco, criticizes admin. handling of Lance affair, its energy plan and failure to control unemployment.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(San Francisco, California) Report on Rhodes' speech, to audience mainly made up of California busmen. He speaks on administration policies on inflation and unemployment, Social Security plan and foreign policy with regard to Taiwan and Israel. [RHODES - says Carter administration has been shown to be uncertain and inept, compounded by moral blindness and lack of understanding of government processes; strand of behavior discernible thruout administration policy is that of duplicity.] This is strongest criticism yet of Carter administration; is delivered just 2 weeks after Gallup poll shows only 20% of Americans consider selves to be Republican
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg

Cronkite, Walter;
Goldberg, Bernard

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