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Election 1976 / Strauss Interview #41155

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 09, 1976
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(Studio) Carter press secretary Jody Powell's statement with regard to no White House chief of staff noted. Interview is with Democratic national committee chairperson Robert Strauss who says he will retire from post after Carter's inauguration. Anchor asks what Strauss thinks new administration will be like.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) [STRAUSS - says announcement with regard to chief of staff is no surprise; notes Carter's administrative abilities.]

(Studio) Anchor asks if Strauss is close to Carter.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) [STRAUSS - says he's comfortable but not close with Carter; says Carter is shy not outgoing, but not cold as press has said.]
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(Studio) Anchor asks Strauss' answer to questions of people who say they fear Carter will have only 1 view of situation as President
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) [STRAUSS - says such comments bad; notes example of Carter's process and resulting choice in picking Vice President]

(Studio) Anchor asks Strauss' opinion with regard to role of Walter Mondale as Vice President
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) [STRAUSS - says he thinks Mondale's role will be different from any previous Vice President]

(Studio) Anchor asks if this could be liaison with Congress
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) [STRAUSS - says it could be major role for Mondale.]

(Studio) Anchor remembers when it was said Lyndon Johnson would be liaison with Congress for John F. Kennedy but didn't happen.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) [STRAUSS - says if it had happened some of Kennedy programs which were delayed would have gone through.]

(Studio) Notes voluntary retirement of Strauss in January
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

Walters, Barbara

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