NBC Evening News for Monday, Feb 23, 1976
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(New Hampshire) President Ford tells Washington, DC meeting of govs. it is easy to offer unrealistic plans in heat of election year Ford-Reagan campaign close in New Hampshire.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(New Hampshire) Reagan used low-key approach. February 17 film shown. [FORD - says anybody to the right can't win national election.] February 20 film shown. [REAGAN - surprised at Ford's remarks about extremism since Ford tried to persuade him to take cabinet posts.] Ford shown arriving in Keene. [Ford's VOICE - explains why New Hampshire primary important.] Seems as though Ford cast as challenger here; he attacks Reagan views Thursday [REAGAN - says Ford recing. bad staff briefings. Maybe Ford should hear tapes of Reagan's remarks that one of his staff members records.] Ford election committee worker, Jay Pike,tape records Reagan's remarks. New Hampshire television commercials for Ford and Reagan shown. [REAGAN - says not part of Washington, DC establishment.] Will be big setback for Ford if he loses.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit
(Peking, People's Republic of China) News accounts of man Ford pardoned, Richard Nixon, not helping Ford in New Hampshire.
(New Hampshire) It was felt Ford had caught up with Reagan until Nixon trip.
(New Hampshire) Report on Nixon's trip to China follows. 5 Democrats running in New Hampshire. Report on them.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit (narrates) Tom Pettit John Chancellor
(New Hampshire) [Jimmy CARTER - says would be achievement to have government as good as people. Carter fiercely wants to be President Rally shown. Sargent Shriver conducts ineffective campaign; invites comparisons to Kennedy family. Radio commercials for Senator Birch Bayh, Fred Harris and Representative Morris Udall played. Udall given best chance of stopping Carter. [HARRIS - says election is about issues.] (BAYH - asks help for president] UDALL - says had clean campaign in New Hampshire. Will beat Republicans in November] [CARTER - intends to be President] Carter is Democrat version of Reagan; campaigns against DC.
REPORTER: ] Tom Pettit
(New Hampshire) Weather supposed to be good Tuesday
REPORTER: John Chancellor
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