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Republican National Convention / First Session / Speculation #1530

ABC Evening News for Monday, Aug 05, 1968
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(Studio) California Governor Ronald Reagan candidate for Republican President nomination California delegation asked him to become active candidate. Reagan declaration to try to stop 1st ballot nomination for Richard Nixon. ABC projection for Wednesday's 1st ballot: Nixon 601; Nelson Rockefeller 306; Reagan 209 and others 217. 667 needed. 1st session of 1968 Republican Convention now history. Delegates ignored almost everything said.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Miami Beach, Florida) [Chairperson Republican National Committee Ray C. BLISS - opens convention.] Convention floor shown. Florida Governor showed that extremism in pursuit of publicity is not vice. Delegate, Reagan, Governor George Romney shown. At second session, Republicans will pay tribute to past and anticipate future. Ex-President Dwight D. Eisenhower to send message from Walter Reed Army Hospital. Senator Barry Goldwater to speak Washington Governor Dan Evans to give keynote speech concerning domestic problems. 56 members of 58 member Ohio group to stay with Governor James Rhodes. Michigan group committed to Governor George Romney. Maryland Governor Spiro Agnew called news conference; reported preparing to support Nixon. Maryland has 26 votes; 16 to go for Nixon. Rockefeller visits Agnew, apparently to convince him to stay favorite son. Rockefeller says didn't press Agnew not to support Nixon.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Reynolds, Frank

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