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Carter / Bell / Kreps / Bergland #486690

NBC Evening News for Monday, Dec 20, 1976
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(Studio) Carter picks 3 more cabinet members Atlanta attorney and former federal judge Griffin Bell to be Attorney General; Bell is law partner of Carter adviser Charles Kirbo. Duke University Vice President, Dr. Juanita Kreps to be Commerce Secretary,; Kreps is on boards of several of cntrys's largest companies as well as on board of New York Stk. Exchange. Agriculture Secretary will be Minnesota Representative Robert Bergland; he owns farm near Canada border.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Plains, Georgia) Carter's comments with regard to choice of Bell noted. [CARTER - cites suggestion given him to make brother, Billy, Attorney General, as John Kennedy did with brother Robert] Bell's civil rights records questioned; Carter comments noted. Bell's views on busing noted; has to defend support of G. Harrold Carswell in Supreme Court nomination by Richard Nixon. [BELL - says he doesn't want to regret support because it's in past.] Says he knew of Carswell's segregationist views. [BELL - says he didn't know about Tallahassee (Florida) club Carswell involved with; says he didn't endorse Carswell, just wrote Nixon letter that Carswell qualified.] Carter is questioned with regard to finding women and blacks for cabinet. [CARTER - says it wouldn't be fair to lower standards just to increase number to serve in cabinet.] [KREPS - says minority and women candidates must be looked for harder; says it's hard to say there aren't many qualified women.] [CARTER - says Kreps has disagreed with him.]
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff

(Studio) Interviews with Bell and Kreps to come.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Woodruff, Judy

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