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Massachusetts Primary / Detente / Florida Primary / Nixon Trip #487373

NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 01, 1976
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(Boston, Massachusetts) Massachusetts primary set tomorrow. Pols. dominate Massachusetts and DC. President Ford eschews word "detente," to describe US-USSR relations NBC News poll shows maj. believe USSR benefits more than United States from detente.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) "Detente" seems political liability for President Ford. Ronald Reagan has attacked detente and Henry Kissinger. In Miami WCKT interview Ford defends Kissinger, but says will drop "detente" from vocabulary. [FORD - believes specifics in US-USSR relations should be topic; not term "detente." Believes United States should deal from strength and recogn. strengths of others.] People's Republic of China, opposes US-USSR detente, but Ford does not believe Richard Nixon visit to People's Republic of China, was for purpose of embarrassing Ford. Appraises Nixon trip as negative factor in Ford New Hampshire primary experience. [FORD - assesses effect of Nixon trip on New Hampshire primary vote.] Ford to talk with Nixon, but not get a debriefing. Ford does not believe Nixon trip to affect Florida primary; expects to win.
REPORTER: John Cochran (WCKT videotape)

Chancellor, John;
Cochran, John

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