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Carter / Canal Treaty / Torrijos Visit / Energy Plan #46126

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 12, 1977
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(Studio) Has been reported that President Carter was thinking of asking Panama's President Omar Torrijos to clarify United States rights under Canal treaty. White House announces that Torrijos will visit United States on Friday President also moves on another program in trouble: energy.

(DC) Carter will make another media blitz effort to get public and cong. support for energy plan. [CARTER - says energy crisis is more severe now than 6 mos. ago. Thinks it important that he go back to cntry., as end of congress session nears, and reaffirm reasons for adoption of comprehensive energy policy.] How message will be taken to people isn't yet known; Press Secretary Jody Powell and others work on this most of day. News conference is set for Thursday and other media events possible. Powell admits administration has been distracted from energy program by issues such as Lance affair and Mid. East, but not now; Powell's comments cited.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Carter news conference coverage noted. Carter's remarks on Mid. East peace conference and Israeli cabinet approval of formula for it noted. State Department says question of Palestinian representative remains unresolved.

Donaldson, Sam;
Reasoner, Harry

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