CBS Evening News for Friday, Feb 20, 1976
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(Studio) Report on possibility of a Democratic candidate sewing up his party's nomination.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(NYC) Film of past political conventions shown and roles of politicians such as Pittsburgh Mayor David Lawrence and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley noted. Democratic party reform supposedly changed political bosses having large hand in picking nominee. Favorite sons and uncommitted to be new power brokers. They include: California Governor Jerry Brown; Wisconsin Governor Pat. J. Lucey; New York Governor Hugh Carey, and Pennsylvania Governor Milton Shapp. [Presidential candidate SHAPP - describes how votes will be decisive.] Favorite sons include: Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen and West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd. [BYRD - says would be worth it to wind up #2.] [Virginia chairperson, Joe FITZPATRICK - says party people like to take part in nominations.] Daley's power broker for `76 convention is Senator Adlai Stevenson III. Preprimary predictions say there'll be 800 uncommitted and favorite sons at convention 1505 needed to nominate. [Democratic national committee executive director, Mark SIEGEL - says power brokering could result in unified convention behind candidate..] To be first real suspense at Democratic Convention since 1952.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd