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President' Popularity / Mayaguez Incident / North Carolina Celebration #482795

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, May 20, 1975
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(Studio) President Ford in North Carolina riding wave of new popularity based on rescue of ship Mayaguez and its crew. After his return to DC, Defense Department releases casualty figures - 15 killed in action and 50 wounded. Crowds in North Carolina big and enthusiastic.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Charlotte, North Carolina) Officially, President here for bicentennial celebration, but President' political advisers know this is Ronald Reagan and George Wallace cntry., so he's here hoping to improve political standing; Mayaguez rescue apparently helps. Even Senator Jesse Helms praises Mr. Ford's handling of incident. [PRES. - stresses national unity for American; South can help.] President helps celebrate controversial Mecklenburg Cnty. Declaration of Independence. North Carolina to be important state in `76 presidential election.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

Brokaw, Tom;
Chancellor, John

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