• Short Summary

    The town of Peoria in Illinois has been serving as something of a barometer American public sentiment towards President Gerald Ford.

  • Description

    The town of Peoria in Illinois has been serving as something of a barometer American public sentiment towards President Gerald Ford.

    The American President, taking over from the disgraced Nixon administration, has been touring the United States trying to rally support for the Republican Party, badly hit by the Watergate affair.

    Many political observers have been looking to Peoria for an indication of the way the nation has been reacting to Mr. Ford in his role as a party politician.

    Peoria is so average it is unique. It represents exactly Middle America in microcosm. It is so typical of what statistics say of a middle sized town, that when market researchers discovered it, they came to stay.

    Each week the local newspaper advertises new products which the rest of America will never see. For example, if Peoria likes a new type of dog food, so will the rest of America. It not, then the product will be dropped.

    BBC reporter, John Humphries was in Peoria recently to assess the effects of President Ford's campaigning. He found that the President had done little to eliminate the shadow of Watergate, and would probably have little to eliminate the shadow of Watergate, and would probably have little influence on the outcome of the Congressional elections. Humphries interviewed various people in the streets of Peoria. Following are the comments of one Peoria man:
    SYNOPSIS: Peoria in Illinois is known as America's most average town. President Ford has been campaigning there for the Republican party -- without much success according to BBC reporter, John Humphrie.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA964NMCALF6GOC6BDNNTFQ3FVC
    Media URN:
    VLVA964NMCALF6GOC6BDNNTFQ3FVC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/11/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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