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Campaign 1976 / Florida Primary / Fords / Reagan #41969

ABC Evening News for Saturday, Feb 28, 1976
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(Studio) In Florida, President Ford says his administration will never deal with Fidel Castro.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(Miami, Florida) 1100 Cuban refugees sworn in as United States citizens. [FORD - says forces of Castro in Angola acting as international outlaw.] Airport news conf. shown. [FORD - says will do well in Florida.] Rain prevents large crowds. Pols. observers say race looks like tossup between Ford and Ronald Reagan.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(Coral Gables, Florida) Betty Ford canvasses Republican upper middle-class neighborhood. [Betty FORD - campaigns for husband.] B. Ford campaigned 5 days in Florida. [B. FORD - says hasn't deliberately kept speeches bland. May have already made all the controversial statements she'll make.]
REPORTER: Charles Murphy

(Studio) In Florida, Reagan says Panama Canal must stay under American control.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(Florida) [REAGAN - says will follow "11th commandment" and continue to not speak ill of another Republican] [Florida campaign director L.E. "Tommy" THOMAS - wishes Reagan would speak up about Ford government deficiencies.] Florida issue among elderly is Social Security. Ford organization questions Reagan's stand. [REAGAN - says false for anyone in Ford organization to suggest he wants voluntary Social Security, or to invest Social Security funds in stock market Will let them disobey "11th commandment" if they'll obey 1st 10.]
REPORTER: Betsy Aaron

Aaron, Betsy;
Jarriel, Tom;
Koppel, Ted;
Murphy, Charles

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