ABC Evening News for Friday, Jul 09, 1976
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(Studio) Continuation of series of profiles on possible Vice President candidates.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Adlai Stevenson's (III) political ancestry noted. [STEVENSON - says never thought seriously about line of work other than politics. Says born with incurable case of hereditary politics.] Adlai III reminiscent of father. Father's career and personality noted. [STEVENSON - says learned to live with name. Says was sensitive at first to comparisons with father, but overcame it.] Stevenson won first election to Illinois legislature because of name; has added Chicago Mayor Daley as mentor and ally. Daley's influence and Illinois's 26 electoral votes could be factor in Carter's quest for running mate. Stevenson's legislative interests focus on energy; he has served on CIA committee, but has kept low profile in 6 years in Senate Detractors say he is indecisive; friends say he is thoughtful. He values privacy for family; they get it on farm in Illinois where he spends time thinking lately on future. [STEVENSON - says if faced with giving up freedom of Senate job and privacy of family for purely ceremonial job, he wouldn't do it.] Vice President nomination would be challenge for Stevenson; for Carter it would bring big name and big home state. Might not be enough of either one.
REPORTER: Don Farmer