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Ford-Carter Debate / Preliminaries #45414

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 23, 1976
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(Studio) Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford debate tonight in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's Walnut Street Theater.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Ford shown in White House; interpreted as acting presidential. Ronald Nessen says Ford confident. Ford flew to Philadelphia at noon; met by few at airport. Ford to stay at home of Otto Hass, near Walnut Saint Theater Ford inspects theater. Details given. White House reactions anticipated. After debate, Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, scene of Pennsylvania American Legion Convention in July, to be scene of celebration.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(Plains, Georgia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Carter leaves Plains, Georgia, for Philadelphia. Criticizes reporter for coverage of a story. Strain showing on Carter. On plane Carter projects confidence. At Philadelphia [CARTER - speaks of debate and being in Pennsylvania.] Doesn't answer questions. Inspects theater. League of Women Voters refused news coverage of Carter inspection tour. Details of arrangements noted. [CARTER - speaks affirmatively of arrangements.] Carter feels press, especially network TV news, has been unfair to him. Hopes to overcome this obstacle tonight.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Donaldson, Sam;
Jarriel, Tom;
Reasoner, Harry

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