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Campaign 1976 / Carter / Amnesty / Debates / Ford / FEC #489684

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 24, 1976
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(Studio) Jimmy Carter proposes blanket pardon for Vietnam war draft violators in speech before American Legion national convention Carter makes distinction between amnesty and pardon; this noted. Statements didn't go over well with Legionnaires.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Seattle, WA) Points in Carter's speech agreeable to Legionnaires noted. When Carter speaks with regard to draft evaders in Vietnam war, response different. [CARTER - says he's not in favor of amnesty for draft evaders but would grant blanket pardon to them; explains difference.] Crowd boos re: pardon. American Legion national commander Harry Wiles noncommittal with regard to Carter statements. [WILES - says proposal will be studied; Legion agrees with case by case consideration of each evader.] Carter says hurts of Vietnam war ought to be put behind; Legionnaires disagree. Issue may be with Carter for rest of campaign.
REPORTER: Don Oliver

(Studio) Carter says he'll come out well in debates with Ford; says he won't be timid. Ford outlines desired format for debates; details noted. Ford meets with political advisers.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Vail, Colorado) Ford meets with campaign team include Richard Cheney, Stuart Spencer, James Baker and Michael Duval. Ford strategy is to take offensive. [FORD - says American people have right to know candidate stands on issues; says sooner debates start, the better.] Early debates designed to catch Carter off balance. Ford advisers say President can win on issues and hope to make Carter be definite on issues they say he's been dodging. Ford aides also counting on public appearance of 2 together to convince voters to go for Ford.
REPORTER: Marilyn Berger

(Studio) Federal Election Commission says could be some legal question with regard to payment for cost of debates, but candidates seem confident debates will take place.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Berger, Marilyn;
Chancellor, John;
Oliver, Don

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