NBC Evening News for Friday, Oct 12, 1979
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(Studio) Senator Edward Kennedy noted already in contest with President Carter despite his undeclared status as candidate
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) 1976 statements by Kennedy and Carter recalled; film shown [CARTER - refers to Kennedy as "next president"] [Theodore WHITE - notes difficulty faced by Kennedy in attempting to unseat Carter.] [CARTER - says he doesn't panic in crisis.] [KENNEDY - speaks about 1930's depression, present economy] [CARTER - comments on malaise in nation] [KENNEDY - comments.] [CARTER - gives pep talk.] [KENNEDY - campaigns.] [CARTER - comments.] [KENNEDY - notes need for solution to economy problems.] [CARTER - says his record is good.] Advantages to Carter being incumbent pres. noted; symbolism of Air Force One cited [Rosalynn CARTER - says husband will be reelec.] Carter's asset in Rosalynn, compared to FDR's in Eleanor. Carter and Kennedy's "moral" images compared; their position on abortion, national health care, oil price deregulation compared. [KENNEDY - comments.] [CARTER - comments.] Carter's unwillingness to commit self to debate with Kennedy recalled. [KENNEDY - says he'd welcome such debate.]
REPORTER: Tom Pettit