ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 20, 1977
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(Studio) Senator Govt. Affairs Committee, investigating financial activities of Bert Lance, quotes Lance as having asked bank regulator to lift restrictions placed on Lance's bank, so that he could enter Carter administration with clear record. However, quote is reported by someone who heard someone else say Lance said it. President Carter to hold news conference on Wednesday, and number 1 question certain to concern Lance's future in administration Reporter Bob Zelnick says there's sharp division in White House on question, with Hamilton Jordan saying Lance should stay, and Robert Lipshutz saying Carter risks too much if OMB director remains. Speaker Tip O'Neill meets with President and afterwards hints Lance will stay. (Film shown.) [O'NEILL - says issue isn't past actions, but if Lance is doing good job now. Thinks Lance is and all people he talked to at home over wkend. seemed pro-Lance.] O'Neill's constituents' reaction doesn't match national poll results.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) (Film shown.) [CARTER - feels American has turned from government of scandal and corruption and become decent.] One of major issues electing Carter was stand on morality in government; now after 8 mos., Lance affair has reopened questions by public about this. Pol. analyst and pollster Dan. Yankelovich says it has started to hurt Carter. [YANKELOVICH - thinks Lance affair has again raised doubts about Carter that had been quieted since election.] [Pollster Louis HARRIS - notes Carter had raised self above normal cut of pols., but this will make public see him as a more mortal politician in future.] Senator Joseph Biden was 1st in Congress to support Carter. [BIDEN - feels people now say everything's same, and glow has been taken off administration] Carter must decide if Lance's activities violate, in public mind, standards he set for those who serve him and government
REPORTER: Catherine Mackin
(Studio) Broadcast on Wednesday night, with regard to public opinion survey on Lance affair, conducted by Louis Harris, noted.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
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