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    The second attempt to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford in 17 days failed in San?

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    SAN FRANCISCO: SV Ford leaving hotel with secret servicemen PAN TO police grabbing Sara Moore from crowd and wrestling with her to get gun and dragging her away

    GV Ford's car away from scene

    SV Mr. and Mrs. Ford meeting Rockefellers in WASHINGTON

    SV Ford speaking to newsmen

    TRANSCRIPT: MR. FORD: "I don't think those who want to destroy our society and tear up a fabric of relationship represent America. The American people are good people. Democrats, independents, Republicans and others, and under no circumstances will I and, I hope, no others capitulate to those that want to undercut all that's good in America."

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    EDITORS' NOTE: This story is serviced with part of Mr. Ford's Washington news conference. A transcript of the President's comments follows:

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    Background: The second attempt to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford in 17 days failed in San Francisco on Monday (22 September) and ended with the arrest of 45-year-old woman.

    Sara Jane Moore was grabbed by police and secret service agents seconds after a shot had been fired at the President as he left his San Francisco Hotel.

    She was clutching a smoking pistol ... a .38 calibre Smith and Wesson ... and standing amongst the crowd just across the street from President Ford's waiting limousine.

    Mr. Ford ducked instinctively when the shot rang out and he looked shaken as bodyguards bundled him into the bullet-proof car, a few steps away, and whisked him to the airport.

    In California, earlier this month a woman follower of convicted mass murders Charles Manson, Lynette "Squeaky" Formme, brandished a loaded pistol in Mr. Ford's face. She ha been charged with attempted assassination.

    Sara Moore had been questioned by police and secret servicemen in San Francisco on Sunday (21 September) because she was considered to be a "potential threat" to the President.

    It seems Mr. Moore is well known as left-wing radical. She appeared before a magistrate on Monday night and was remanded in jail in lieu of a 500,000 dollars (U.S.) bail.

    She faces a further court hearing in the immediate future to determine whether she should have psychiatric tests.

    The President met his wife, Betty, at San Francisco airport after the incident, and is reported to have been "very pale" as he bearded the Presidential jet for his return trip to Washington.

    He was met here by Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller and Mrs. Rockefeller. Mr. Ford vowed that he will not cower to "anarchists and assassins" and maintained that he would not change his "meet-the-people" style of campaigning.

    Minutes after his return to Washington, he told newsmen that the American people "want a dialogue between themselves and their President and other public officials".

    "If we cannot have that opportunity of seeing one another, talking to one another, shaking hands with one another, something has gone wrong in our society," he said.

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