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Campaign 1976 / Ford / Ethnic Groups / Eastern Europe / Jews #485698

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 12, 1976
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(Studio) President Ford meets with leaders of eastern European ethnic groups today; wears button with his name in Cyrillic alphabet. White House intent is to bury controversy over Ford statement that eastern Europe not dominated by USSR .
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) President says to group leaders he didn't express self clearly and admits it; also says eastern Europe is dominated by USSR but United States doesn't recognize or accept domination. Then President goes to New York City to campaign for Jewish vote. In speech interrupted at times by demonstrators, Ford tries to clarify statement with regard to release of names of companies participating in Arab boycott of Israel; says companies participating in future will be named, not those in past. [FORD - says practice will allow public to monitor response of bus. and industry; says he hasn't and won't tolerate foreign religious prejudice to become domestic discrimination of American citizens.] Ford told Jewish leaders that retroactive release of company names would be changing rules in middle of game; is attempt to settle this issue. Took Carter several days to admit "Playboy" interview was mistake and Ford several to admit mistake on e. Europe; both sides now trying hard not to make more and will be more reluctant to admit it if they do.
REPORTER: Kenley Jones

(Studio) 3 eggs thrown at President in Brooklyn, New York. Ford later visits Manhattan, New York, hospital to see Senator Hubert Humphrey, who is recovering well from cancer operation.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Jones, Kenley

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