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Lance Affair / Senate Hearings #495394

NBC Evening News for Friday, Sep 16, 1977
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(Studio) OMB director Bert Lance conts. testimony to Senate committee apparently thinking he's made good defense of self.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Lance conts. to maintain he's done nothing illegal, but gives some on recurring questions about overdrafts. [LANCE - agrees it would have been better if they had not been made.] [William ROTH - makes analogy of Lance's actions with running stop light.] Senator Danforth asks if Lance is still able to do job as OMB director [LANCE - says that work has gone on without fail.] Bickering among Senators also conts. Senator Eagleton says Senator Percy smeared Lance. [EAGLETON - notes Percy's apology to Lance, but that Percy's remarks will be with Lance for long time, possibly hurting his reputation.] Disagreements among committee members may help Lance's cause and enable President Carter to keep him on job.
REPORTER: Irving R. Levine

(Studio) General public keeps up with case through newspapers and television and has own reaction.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Plainfield, IN) Report on reactions from people in different areas. Reactions are asked in Chicago and in Plainfield, IN, near Indianapolis. [PEOPLE - cite reactions; case is compared to Richard Nixon with Spiro Agnew.]
REPORTER: Tom Pettit

(Studio) Final decision on Lance's future in OMB will be made solely by President Anchor asks White House reporter how much effect public opinion will have on Carter.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Press Secretary Jody Powell has said White House won t commission poll and then decide issue on results. Senior aide has said that President and Lance will have to make decision after hearings.
REPORTER: Bob Jamieson

(Studio) Anchor asks if there's indication of what decision will be.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Carter wants to keep Lance and if there's any way possible, it will be done.
REPORTER: Bob Jamieson

(Studio) Pols. around country indicate Lance's appearances have helped. At White House, though calls and letters have been going against Lance in recent wks., telephone calls now switch to his favor.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Jamieson, Bob;
Levine, Irving R.;
Pettit, Tom

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