INTRODUCTION: As Mr. Jimmy Carter prepares to take over the presidency of the United States,?
SV: Senator Mondale and wife entering house.
MCU: Senator Mondale speaking with journalist. (5 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: MONDALE: "Our domestic and foreign intelligence operations, we intend to conduct those under the law. We have made a promise for, make certain that our Federal Bureau of Investigation operates under the law. We will be very careful about the intelligence community in international affairs to make certain it operates consistent with American values and principles. And in many different ways we're going to try to make this government more open, more responsive, more legal".
COCKERELL: "In your book you quote a former aid of President Kennedy who says, "Everyone believes in democracy until he gets to the White House, and once you get there you begin to believe in dictatorship, because it's so hard to get things done." How are you going to prevent that happening?"
MONDALE: "We're going to do many things. We're going to cut back on those imperial staffs. We're going to do away with all the pomp, that uh, much of the pomp, some of it I guess is inherent".
COCKERELL: "So no Haldeman and no Erlichman?"
MONDALE: "Oh none of that, none of the, none of the imperial staffs. But more than that, you know, there's a lot of trappings of government, that are so imperial, that they would turn the head of, of uh, the strongest breed of monarchy. Uh and uh we can cut a lot of that out, that's just grown up unnecessarily."
COCKERELL: "You don't think that once a man goes into the White House, his head tends to get turned by the others."
MONDALE: "For example you're going to find a big difference, because Mr. Carter feels very deeply about this and so do I. That stuff is intoxicating, its bad for you. You tend to inhale it, you get sick politically. And the main thing to do, the biggest fight in the White House is stay close to reality, to hear the truth before it bites you."
REPORTER: MICHAEL COCKERELL
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Background: INTRODUCTION: As Mr. Jimmy Carter prepares to take over the presidency of the United States, on Thursday (20 January) all the signs indicate that the role of the Vice-President will undergo a change under his administration. Although the close relationship between Mr. Carter and Mr. Walter Mondale conjures up visions of the Nixon, Haldeman, Erlichman trio, Mr. Mondale points out that no such power blockade will exist.
SYNOPSIS: In the past, some occupants of the vice-president's post have all but disappeared from public view after the inauguration. By contrast, Vice-President-Elect, Walter Mondale has been deeply involved in setting up the administration, joining in the interviewing and selection of cabinet members. Mr. Mondale spoke with BBC reporter, Michael Cockerell about some of the changes he and Mr. Carter would make under the new administration.