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Campaign 1976 / Carter / Playboy Interview / Reaction #490120

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 22, 1976
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(Studio) Has been considerable reaction to "Playboy" interview with Jimmy Carter with regard to statements he made to interviewer about sin and pride.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Plains, Georgia) Carter remarks with regard to interview noted. He called Lady Bird Johnson to apologize for calling LBJ liar and cheat; statement may hurt him in Texas where he needs electoral votes. Poll results showing Carter leads in different areas noted. Carter press secretary Jody Powell says Carter relaxed about 1st debate; says debate will be opportunity to prove to voters Carter isn't vague on issues. Pressure to do well noted.
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff

(Studio) President Ford has no spoken comment but Reverend Billy Graham visits White House this afternoon. American Independent party candidate Lester Maddox comments on language Carter used in article. [MADDOX - says Carter helping pornographers; notes criticism of Nixon's use of certain words while in White House; says Carter interview language is unbelievable.]
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Studio) Reaction of Baptist clergymen differs; Carter's own pastor's reaction cited. Edward of "Southern Baptist Journal" in Atlanta says he's flabbergasted.
REPORTER:. David Brinkley

Chancellor, John;
Woodruff, Judy

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