ABC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 02, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's comments on USSR -Cuban involvement in Africa, dollar troubles, coal strike and civil service reform during National Press Club speech noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) [CARTER - talks of link between Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II ratification by Senator and USSR involvement in Africa.] President's remarks on United States economy and state of dollar and on own competency as President given. Details of questioning at Press Club mentioned. [Club president Frank AUKOFFER - notes number of questions on coal; reads one from "Christian Science Monitor" reporter Richard Stroud.] [CARTER - doesn't feel administration waited too long before intervening in coal strike.] President's major goal in speech was revelation of civil service reform proposals.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(DC) Carter's campaign promise to reform civil service noted. [CARTER - says it's easier to promote and transfer incompetent employees in government than to get rid of them.] Details of proposals listed, include abolition of Civil Service Commission and protection for whistle-blowers like Ernest Fitzgerald. Expectations concerning reaction to reforms described.
REPORTER: Catherine Mackin