ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 07, 1968
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(Studio) For 1st ballot, ABC projects 640 for Nixon; 283 Rockefeller; 206 Reagan, and 204 others. In last 24 hrs., Nixon gained 32; Rockefeller lost 16; Reagan lost 5, and rest lost 11. Many feel 1st ballot victory likely for Nixon. Nixon stays in penthse. post while New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller and California Governor Ron Reagan search for new delegates.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(Miami Beach, Florida) [ROCKEFELLER - says desperate effort to stampede conv. stopped. No 1st ballot nomination; will be open convention Front runner trying to create band wagon psychology. Convention made of individuals; not sheep. They'll vote on leadership and who can bring Republican victory. Time for true balloting to begin.] Reagan visits California delegation. [REAGAN - says doesn't think Nixon trip to USSR is good idea. Could undercut power and authority of present administration] Reagan won't take Vice President place on ticket. [REAGAN - says no circumstances that could make him take Vice President job.]
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds Narrates