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ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 14, 1976
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(Studio) Carter announces 2 new cabinet appts. in Atlanta today.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(Atlanta, Georgia) [CARTER - says both apptees. know respective areas of government] Bendix Corporation president Michael Blumenthal to be Treasury Secretary and WA Representative Brock Adams to be Trans. Secretary It was expected that Carter would announce Commerce Secretary today and speculated Jane Cahill Pfeiffer would get it. [CARTER - says she'd been under consideration for cabinet post, but asked not to be considered any longer.] Carter asked if appointed of Harold Brown as Defense Secretary being held up by opposition from Senator Henry Jackson. [CARTER - says he hasn't talked with Jackson with regard to matter; won't make Defense decision till after this week] Carter says he'll have all mbrs. by Christmas and hold 1st informal meeting that week
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Today's appts. seem to follow Carter's promise not to have same old DC faces in new administration
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) Background information on Adams and Blumenthal noted. Adams has served on subcommittee with regard to transportation in House and was instrumental in creation of Amtrak and ConRail. Blumenthal came to public eye as trade negotiator in Kennedy administration at international trade talks. Comments of Ford and Carter staffers with regard to Blumenthal noted. Appts. to date are OMB director Bert Lance, Secretary State Cyrus Vance, Treasury Secretary Blumenthal and Trans. Secretary Adams.
REPORTER: Charles Gibson

Donaldson, Sam;
Gibson, Charles;
Walters, Barbara

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