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Debates #490138

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 23, 1976
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(Studio) Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford debate tonight at Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, thought important. television audience noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Importance of debate noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Plains, Georgia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Carter seems more rested, as he leaves Plains for Philadelphia. Carter stand on taxes and "Playboy" interview recalled. [CARTER - speaks of debate and return to Pennsylvania.] Carter visits theater, remarks with regard to contents of suit bag noted.
REPORTER: Kenley Jones

(DC and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Cameras record Ford studying for debate. Practice for debate noted. In Philadelphia, stays at home of Otto Hass. Ford visits theater. 1st debate thought to count most.
REPORTER: Marilyn Berger

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Situation described. Size of television audience noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Personalities and arrangements noted. Sound system tested. [Audio engineer Dick AARONSON - notes poor quality of microphone. Explains mikes that will be used.] Barry Jagoda and Bill Carruthers check setting. [JAGODA - talks of details.] Production details described. [Lighting designer Bill KLAGES - answers with regard to lights.] Bad sound noted. Carter emerges from theater, as does Ford. Theatrical nature of event commented. Thoroughness of preparations emphasized.

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Carter's and Ford's hopes with regard to debates outlined.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Berger, Marilyn;
Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Hart, John;
Jones, Kenley

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