ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 07, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter has had criticism of economic policy as well as policies with regard to such areas as Mid. East and Panama Canal. He answers critics at speech to Democratic national committee
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Report on Carter speech. [CARTER - notes joint US-USSR statement on Mid. East; cites Soviet recognition of Israel, but doesn't make claim for Palestinian state, name PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) or insist on complete withdrawal by Israel. Is convinced Canal treaty is in best ints. of United States and asks for committee help in getting it passed; notes it won't be easy, but says party has never asked for ease. Says energy problem must be addressed frankly and what he doesn't get from Congress this year, he'll send back next year Doesn't intend to fail because people need plan.] Committee later votes to support ratification of Canal treaty, without saying it likes treaty. Still later in day, Press Secretary Jody Powell gets across idea of veto threat on energy bill; remarks noted.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
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