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Campaign 1976 / Carter / Catholics #45207

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 01, 1976
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(Studio) Carter back in Georgia after trip to Washington, DC and NYC. After meeting with Catholic bishops, Carter's stand on abortion said to be disappointing by bishops' spokesperson
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(NYC) Carter trouble with Catholics began at conv.; 1 delegate says Carter read Catholics out of party [DELEGATE - says platform makes it official that Democratic party doesn't want Catholics.] Polls show Carter comfortably ahead of Ford, though not overwhelming Catholic choice; other polls show abortion so low on list of national priorities that it won't affect Carter's Catholic support by itself. [National Bishops Conf. pres. Archbishop Joseph BERNARDIN - says abortion serious issue to many people and will affect voting.] Some diocesan newspapers controlled by bishops criticize Carter, but many Catholics don't like Betty Ford's pro-abortion stand, so some pastors have counselled tolerance for Carter. [Camden pastor Monsignor Salvatore ADAMO - comments on Carter's abortion stand and prayerfulness.] (Audio lost on last seconds of story.)
REPORTER: John Martin

Martin, John;
Smith, Howard K.

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