CBS Evening News for Monday, Aug 04, 1975
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(Studio) Report of new 3rd party
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(NYC) Ex-President Richard Nixon picked Howard Phillips to dismantle antipoverty agency; now dismantling Republican party [Conservative Caucus PHILLIPS - says many dissatisfied with past policies.] Phillips trying to support 3rd party grass-roots conservative base. [PHILLIPS - says task is to organization new major] In "National Review" office, plans laid for destruction Republican party [Publisher William RUSHER - says there'll be another choice in 1976 besides Ford and Kennedy.] Alliance needed of supporters of Ronald Reagan and George Wallace. John Connally also considered excellent choice for candidate. 1974 Gallup poll showed 38% voters would choose conservative party; 25% liberal party and 36% undecided. Rusher says new maj. made of producers pitted against nonproducers. Richard Viguerie's computers do business with conservative clients like George Wallace and Conservative Caucus. Letter signed by New Jersey Governor Meldrim Thomson Junior seeks new conservative members [Direct mail specialist Richard VIGUERIE - says word Republican is poison.] [Ford campaign manager Howard "Bo" CALLAWAY - says 3rd party movements have been spoilers, but they won't win.] Conservatives say at least they'll force arch nemesis, Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, off Republican ticket.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl
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