ABC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 29, 1977
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REPORTER: Sam Donaldson; Peter Jennings ; Jules Bergman; Lynn Sherr
5:30:30 "CARTER NEWS CONF. "/ "ENERGY "/ "SALT "/ "MID. EAST "/ "MONDALE"
(Studio) With Congress dismantling energy plan, President Carter appeals to public to pressure Representatives and Senators
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Carter's change in attitude in press conference since end of Bert Lance affair noted. But with Senator action on energy plan recently, President appeals to public to tell Senator its reputation will suffer if it conts. this. [CARTER - doesn't think Senator will face possibility that major legislature of year will turn out to be inconsequential or inadequate.] President notes desire to get crude oil tax, with money to be rebated to consumers, passed; suggests he might compromise, but not to point where some taxes would go back to oil companies [CARTER - doesn't want to take money from consumers in form of higher gasoline and other products and give it back, like reward, to oil companies Might consider money going for mass transit or home insulation and such, as well as rebates.] Re: Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT), Carter says both sides display flexibility, but no settlement imminent. [CARTER - notes some progress being made and negotiators returning to Geneva to continue work. Won't be too optimistic now with regard to early settlement. There's no plan at present for meeting with Brezhnev.] Carter's comments with regard to Mid. East, Palestinian representative at peace conference and PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) noted. 2 reporters checked at White House to see if Vice President Mondale had lost any power; Carter called both personally to deny it and does so again at news conference
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson