NBC Evening News for Monday, Sep 05, 1977
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(Studio) NYC'ers go to polls in mayoral primary elections later in week; unlikely any of 7 Democrats running will get enough votes to prevent runoff in this 1st primary. 2 issues have been crime and death penalty, though New York City crime is down some and New York City mayor has nothing to do with death penalty.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(NYC) Report on New York City mayoral candidates. In Democratic primary are Mayor Abraham Beame, former Representative Bella Abzug, New York City secretary of state Mario Cuomo, Representative Edward Koch, Representative Herman Badillo, Percy Sutton and Joel Harnett. Beame is in trouble; top opponents are Abzug, Cuomo, who is backed by New York Governor Hugh Carey, and possibly Koch. [BEAME - notes people know problems city has had; is confident city can be improved. Tells aide rally has been canceled. Says governor tries to help campaign of puppet candidate.] [ABZUG - calls self tough and fighter; cites polls showing she leads and that people regard her as leader] [CAREY - is tired of old kind of leadership in NYC.] [CUOMO - cites incident when make-up man on television show told him he'd try to make him look like Tyrone Power.] Several polls, include 1 by NBC, Indicate 4 of these could make it into runoff: Beame, Abzug, Cuomo and Koch. In Republican primary, there are 2 candidates: state senate Roy Goodman and radio talk show host Barry Farber. Goodman is favored, but Farber will run on Conservative party ticket in general election if he loses primary. Primary campaign is confusing to NYC'ers; for television debate recently, all 9 candIdates had to crowd on 1 small stage. During debate, pie thrown at Beame; details noted. (Film shown.) [BEAME - makes statement during debate.] Pie is thrown, but misses; thrower is taken off. [MODERATOR - asks audience to be seated.] [BEAME - says things are all right.]
REPORTER: Robert Hager