NBC Evening News for Monday, Oct 18, 1976
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(Studio) Tom Pettit has ridden bus through South to get opinions on pols.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Demopolis, Alabama) Trip began in Montgomery, Alabama. Background of trip noted; passengers asked with regard to pols.; only 1's for Ford were from Texas. [MAN - says he's for Ford.] [2nd MAN - says Carter's military views, especially on Trident submarine, off base.] People on bus are working class and solidly pro-Carter. [3rd MAN - says Carter will win, sees no chance for Ford.] [WOMAN - says she might have switched and voted for Reagan but doesn't like Ford; says all he does is veto, does nothing for people.] Reporter notes common support of working class wts. and blacks for Carter. [2nd WOMAN - says she thinks he'll help poor.] In Selma, Alabama, reporter talks with "Selma (Alabama) Times-Journal" newspaper publisher Bruce Morrison with regard to this coalition for Carter. [MORRISON - says Ford will get large middle class white support and Carter will get black votes; says people below middle class level may decide which way state goes.] Carter supporters are part of class struggle against well-to-do. [3rd WOMAN - says if Ford elected there would be no difference in situation.] [4th WOMAN - says she thinks Carter will advocate social reforms for blacks.] [5th WOMAN - says people talking about election are for Carter.] [4th MAN - says from what he's heard it's generally Carter in his area.] Carter support in populist South noted.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit