CBS Evening News for Monday, Feb 05, 1979
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(Studio) Report on farmers' protests in DC.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Rush hour traffic tie-ups due to farmers' tractorcades noted. Violent incidents between farmers and police reported Tractorcade around White House, American Agriculture Mvt. spokesperson's predictions of massing of farmers in Washington, DC and protesters' lobbying at Capitol Hill stated. [Representative Peter PEYSER - speaks to farmers.] Protesters' comments about 1978 farm income report given. [PROTESTERS - comment.] Congress and administration reaction to protests described. House speaker Tip O'Neill's statement quoted.
REPORTER: Jim McManus
(DC) President Carter's meeting with heads of state depts. of agriculture reported; details given. [CARTER - knows of no other group that has suffered more from inflation than farmers.] Question with regard to farmers as inflation victims asked of administration inflation adviser Alfred Kahn reported [KAHN - doesn't think farmers are worst inflation victims. Says President entitled to own opinion.] Press Secretary Jody Powell's attempt to reconcile Carter and Kahn statements noted; his statement of administration intention to continue process begun by 1977 farm bill mentioned. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland's recent testimony to Senator Agriculture Committee recalled.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl
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