CBS Evening News for Friday, May 14, 1976
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(Studio) Report on uncommitted Republican delegates.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(No locations given) There hasn't been suspense at Republican convention since 1952 when Dwight D. Eisenhower won. Likely 1976 nomination won't be wrapped up before convention "Newswk." estimates Ford will need 345 delegates by convention time; Reagan will need 122. Ford will rely on New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut and DE for 376 votes. [Chairperson Pennsylvania Republican party Richard FRAME - says doesn't feel Republican party will deny nomination to an incumbent.] [New Jersey Senator Clifford CASE - doesn't feel major Georgia delegation will support Reagan.] In New York, Brooklyn Republican leader George Clark breaks off 15 delegates for Reagan from New York's 154 total. [Chairperson New York Republican party Richard ROSENBAUM - says New York delegation won't deny nomination to anyone.] [Vice President Nelson ROCKEFELLER - says New York delegates are independent. Sees nothing wrong with using his influence for Ford.]
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Vice President denies involvement in political maneuvering, but his political options still open. Ford needs New York votes.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
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