NBC Evening News for Monday, Aug 30, 1976
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(Studio) Some details of President debates worked out tentatively; these noted. Federal Election Commission approves League of Women Voters sponsorship and network coverage.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Federal Election Commission cites league's history of nonpartisan pols.; says money won't go to support any 1 party; votes to approve debates. [Federal Election Commission Chairperson Vernon THOMSON - conducts voting.] Approved methods of getting funds noted.
REPORTER: Irving R. Levine
(Studio) Both candidates eager to meet in debate.
(Atlanta, Georgia) Carter says tentative agreement reached with regard to number and length, but Ford wants debates on 1 topic each and Carter wants wide variety. [CARTER - says if debates are free people can better compare candidates and size up general opinions; if confined to 1 topic it'll take away much of debate aspect.] Carter says he's well-read and eager student, willing to bank on memory and ability to think fast to come out ahead in debates.
REPORTER: Don Oliver
(DC) White House officials say if debates can get down to specifics, Ford's experience can be winning factor. Ford aides say only way to have debate in which panel of experts can ask penetrating questions is to have 1 topic for each debate; they also say Carter has been evasive on issues and this will pin him down.
REPORTER: Marilyn Berger