NBC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 15, 1976
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(Studio) NBC News poll reports lead by President Ford over Ronald Reagan 53%-35%. 12% not sure. 57% approve Ford's handling of economy Figures given for December `75, January and February of `76. Ford voted better on foreign affairs 55%-29%. Reagan criticizes Ford foreign policy.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Fort Worth, Texas) Reagan appeals to the Democrat and independent vote. 2 groups of George Wallace supporters announce support for Reagan. [REAGAN - says fine if Wallace supporters feel they can accomplish something by supporting Reagan. Charges Ford administration negotiating giveaway of Panama Canal.] Reagan to keep canal issue alive.
REPORTER: Kenley Jones
(DC) Press Secretary Ron Nessen says breaking-off talks with regard to canal could result in rioting. Says Panama won't take Possession of canal sooner than 30-50 years and that issue too important to be used as political football.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
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