NBC Evening News for Friday, Aug 20, 1976
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(Studio) Both president candidates issue and accept challenges to debate issues.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Plains, Georgia) Carter says Ford almost had to agree to debate. [CARTER - says Reagan had issued challenge and he had accepted, leaving Ford almost no choice but to offer to debate.] Carter says no leadership in White House, doesn't blame Ford for Watergate, but says Nixon might as well still be in charge. [CARTER - claims no change in administration policies in foreign and domestic fields from Nixon years] Carter says won't answer personal attacks except from Ford. [CARTER - says dealt with Lester Maddox and Maddox is expert on personal attacks.] Carter comments on Ford-Dole ticket noted.
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff
(Studio) Senator Walter Mondale says he's ready to debate Dole.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Dewey Lake, Minnesota) [MONDALE - says if debates work out, he'll be delighted to debate opponent.] Says Ford should be held responsible for economic policy of Nixon administration [MONDALE - says to call it Nixon-Ford administration is accurate and fair because 2 are identical on issues of general economic policy. Notes Ford support of Nixon.
REPORTER: Richard Hunt