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Campaign 1976 / Gallup Poll / Debate Format Meetings #45005

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 26, 1976
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(Studio) President Ford has narrowed margin between himself and Jimmy Carter in new Gallup poll results. Both sides hope to make gains through candidates' debates; representatives of each meet in Washington, DC today to work on details.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Ford representatives want categorized debate beginning Labor Day week; Carter aides want wider ranging series and not to start so soon. [Carter press secretary Jody POWELL - early start suggestion not made seriously.] [Ford advisory committee chairperson Dean BURCH - says suggestion was serious; committee wants to help voter, so sooner the better.] Disagreement on format noted. When meeting broke up, nothing final but it's hoped details will be finalized at next meeting Tuesday
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Donaldson, Sam;
Reasoner, Harry

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