NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 26, 1976
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(Studio) United States ready to talk to North Vietnam on all issues. Kissinger confirms this posture. United States MIA's from Vietnam war is an issue. Also United States aid for reconstruction of North Vietnam. North Vietnam matter is sensitive issue for President Ford, campaigning in California.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(San Francisco, California) Ford arrives in California, fearful Republican conservatives may dislike United States negotiating with North Vietnam Communists Ford emphasizes MIA (missing in action) issue, following suggestions of congress committee that visited Hanoi. [FORD - discusses committee 's requests with regard to MIA (missing in action) issue.] Ford said to prefer United States representatives meet North Vietnam representatives in Paris, France. In speech later Ford does not mention MIA's or Ronald Reagan; denies United States has fallen behind USSR in military preparedness. Ford blames Democrats for cut in defense spending. [FORD - promises administration won't be reckless with this issue.] Some believe many Republicans do not like Henry Kissinger. Ford adherence to Kissinger noted.
REPORTER: John Cochran
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