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Puerto Rico / Statehood #41530

ABC Evening News for Friday, Dec 31, 1976
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(Studio) Puerto Rico described.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(Vail, Colorado) President Ford drops ski pole at ski lift. Ford suggestion re: Puerto Rico called bombshell. At ski slope [FORD - explains why he made suggestion. Notes Puerto Rico pols. and government] Recent election in Puerto Rico recalled. Cuba and Fidel Castro roles noted.
REPORTER: Stephen Geer

(Studio) Jimmy Carter refuses comment. Present governor Puerto Rico, Rafael Hernandez Colon, calls Ford recommendation political ploy, taking rights away from Puerto Rican people.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) [PR Info. Office Scott RUNKLE - notes people's desire for commonwealth status as contrasted with statehood in 1967 vote.]
REPORTER: Frank Tomlinson

(Studio) History of Puerto Rico recalled. Commonwealth status and federal tax exemption noted.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(No location given) Scenes of Puerto Rico filmed earlier in year shown. Tourist bus. is down. Econ. described. New governor favors statehood. Desire for complete independence by some noted.
REPORTER: Lem Tucker

(Studio) Governor-elect Carlos Romero Barcelo stance with regard to statehood noted.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

Geer, Stephen;
Tomlinson, Frank;
Tucker, Lem;
Walters, Barbara

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