ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 21, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter begins domestic trip that will take him to 5 states in 3 days; 1st stop is in Detroit.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(Detroit, Michigan) Carter talks to selected audience and panel with regard to city's problems, mainly unemployment. [Unemployed steelworker Lawrence HALL - feels world leaders don't realize how desperate he is. Doesn't feel like talking about energy and foreign policy; is concerned with regard to how he's going to live.] [Unemployed youth Courtney MATTHEWS - asks President what 20-yr.-old man is to do when he wants to work, but there aren't jobs open for minority youth.] [CARTER - cites administration goals with regard to unemployment rate for his term in office.] Most seem pleased with Carter's answers, but not Representative John Conyers, who wanted president endorsement of Humphrey-Hawkins full employment bill. [CONYERS - notes President told Congress Black Caucus in September that he'd endorse bill shortly, and that Carter not only hasn't done so, but doesn't mention it once in speaking to Representative's constituency.] Carter's next stop is Iowa.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(Indianola, Iowa) President's host in Iowa will be farmer Woodrow Wilson Diehl, who headed Iowa Farmers for Carter during 1976 president election campaign. Diehl's farming situation noted. [DIEHL - will emphasize to President own support for Carter, and that farmers are on brink of disaster. Doesn't share view that Carter isn't doing anything for farmers; says President has already done things for them.] Few mile from Diehl, Jim Jones' farm situation is different; details cited. [JONES - couldn't survive another yr. of drought like this one, would have to sell out. Doesn't think small farmer has seen programs from Carter administration that they were led to believe they'd get, during campaign. Cites advice for Carter; notes Diehls have fine operation, but aren't really typical of younger farmers still trying to get on own feet.] Recent poll shows drop in Iowa farmers' rating of Carter's job.
REPORTER: Steve Bell
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