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Campaign 1976 / Republicans / Texas / Panama Canal #245380

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 14, 1976
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(Studio) Ronald Reagan says administration foreign policy is on road to surrender or war.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Texas) Texas voters are mostly conservative. Reagan shown campaigning. [REAGAN - says doesn't want nuclear confrontation. United States weak in conventional weapons; needs more to avoid nuclear war.] [REAGAN - says Panama Canal is American and United States should keep it.] Reagan accuses Ford of slowing down canal negotiations until after election.
REPORTER: Barry Serafin

(DC) According to Representative Gene Snyder, canal negotiator, Ellsworth Bunker, said United States would give up Canal Zone and canal after long period of time.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Panama Canal) Bunker said his objectives were based on instructions signed by Ford. Ford has not been explaining issue like Bunker has.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Dallas, Texas) April 10 film shown. [FORD - says United States will never give up its defense and operational rights of canal.]
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(DC) Press Secretary Ron Nessen says no contradictions between Bunker and Ford statements. United States will eventually turn over canal to Panama.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Ford campaign manager, Rogers Morton, says Ford will arrive at Republican convention with 1200 delegates.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Schieffer, Bob;
Serafin, Barry

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