United States Ambassador to Britain, Elliot Richardson, who has been named as commerce Secretary in President Ford's Cabinet reshuffle, sailed through an hour's grilling by newsmen in London on Tuesday (4 November).
GV U.S. Embassy in London (MUTE)
LV INTERIOR U.S. Ambassador richardson speaking
SV Cameraman (MUTE)
CU Richardson ZOOM OUT SOF STARTS WITH QUESTION: "You have now ... SOF END: RICHARDSON: .. energy and experience."
TRANSCRIPT: RICHARDSON: SEQ 4: "I'd just like to say at the offset that I fell very honoured and pleased that President Ford has asked me to undertake what I am sure will be an extremely challenging and interesting assignment. I do, however, have a keen sense of regret that I shall be leaving the United Kingdom after a relatively short tour here and after beginning to feel an increasing sense of the possible contribution I might make. Fortunately, however, I will at least have two or three months before I do go back and I look forward to making the most of that time. And this is a not only critical period and an extremely interesting period in the history of the United Kingdom but from the same point of U.S./U.K. relations one in which there could be no greater possible contribution than one which seeks to strengthen the co-operation between the two countries."
REPORTER: "You've now held a number of (indistinct) posts, some of which have been regarded as more senior in importance than the one you've been asked to take (indistinct). Can you tell us what really makes this job attractive to you."
RICHARDSON: "It's an extremely interesting job I think at a time in the world when economic developments, both internal and international, are perhaps more important relatively in comparison, for example with the political military ones than they ever did. We keep talking about the inter dependence. The Secretary of Commerce has of course significant domestic responsibilities. He is a member of the President's Economic 'Council. He's also the Chairman of the Council on Energy and he does have significant responsibilities in respect of the upcoming negotiations on the updating of international trade and tariffs agreement. These to me are all extremely interesting and challenging areas and in which I am pleased to be asked to have a part. I don't think we really compare cabinet posts in terms of relative interest or responsibility. They are all jobs that demand anything that anyone can possibly bring to them in terms of interest, in energy and experience."
ED'S NOTE: This film includes comments made at the press conference by Mr. Richardson.
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Background: United States Ambassador to Britain, Elliot Richardson, who has been named as commerce Secretary in President Ford's Cabinet reshuffle, sailed through an hour's grilling by newsmen in London on Tuesday (4 November).
He successfully warded off constant questions which followed speculation that he might be ear-marked for consideration as a vice presidential candidate on the Ford ticket in the 1976 elections.
He told a press conference in the London U.S. embassy that he did not intend taking his new job merely as a stepping stone to something else and added, "I don't want to muddy the waters" by speculating about future prospects.
Mr. Richardson emerged from the scandal of Watergate with honour intact and was regarded a future U.S. presidential candidate.
The Harvard-educated politician has been rated among the half-dozen probable leading contenders for the Republican presidential nomination next year or later.
Handsome, urbane and highly articulate, he had become one of the most respected and popular figure in the U.S. after his dramatic resignation in 1973. He quit rather than obey orders from President Nixon to sack the Watergate Special Prosecutor, Archibald Cox.