ABC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 23, 1976
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(Studio) Of 3 new apptees. to Carter administration, 1 was in Kennedy administration, 1 worked with Johnson and 1 in both Nixon and Ford admins.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(Plains, Georgia) Secretary of Department of Health, Education and Welfare to be Washington, DC attorney Joseph Califano, who promises to enforce department's school desegregation guidelines. [CALIFANO - says excellence in schools and desegregation not incompatible.] White House energy coordinator will be James Schlesinger. [SCHLESINGER - says demand for energy and petroleum imports must be curtailed.] CIA director will be Theodore Sorensen, who says there'll be no plans for assassinations or domestic spying while he's CIA head and foreign covert activities will be carefully controlled. [SORENSEN - covert activities shouldn't be abolished, but relied on only when vital interests of United States at stake and should be accountable to Congress and approved by President] [CARTER - says he and family wish people merry Christmas.]
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(Studio) Interview with Sorensen to be shown later. Carter cabinet not all well known.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Report on cabinet apptees. Secretary of State to be Cyrus Vance, who was negotiator at Paris peace talks with regard to Vietnam war. Defense Secretary to be Cal Tech pres. Harold Brown, Air Force Secretary under Johnson, Vietnam hawk, who's indicated he'll favor B-1 bomber. National Security adviser will be Zbigniew Brzezinski; Treasury Secretary to be Michael Blumenthal; US Housing and Urban Development Secretary will be DC attorney Patricia Roberts Harris; United Nations ambassador to be Georgia Representative Andrew Young; heading Commerce Department will be Joseph Califano; at Labor Department, Texas professor Ray Marshall, who got job over organized labor's choice of John Dunlop. SST, airbags and transportation deregulation face new Transportation Secretary, Representative Brock Adams. Minnesota Representative Robert Bergland, working farmer, will be at Agriculture Department Environmentalists hailed appointment of Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus to Interior Department; then James Schlesinger, proponent of nuclear power apptd. to be energy coordinator. Attorney General apptee. Griffin Bell considered questionable with regard to civil rights; expected to be confirmed, but not easily.
REPORTER: Charles Gibson