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Ford / Reagan / Iowa Delegates #246488

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jun 18, 1976
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(Studio) Citing Lebanon situation as reason, President Ford cancels 1st joint campaign appearance with Ronald Reagan in Des Moines, Iowa. Press Secretary Ron Nessen tells reporter, Phil Jones, President wouldn't use Lebanon as an excuse not to meet with Reagan. Mrs. Ford substitutes for President
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Des Moines, Iowa) Mrs. Ford attends Iowa delegate convention alone; son Jack missed plane in DC. [Ford Iowa delegate Wendell TOWNER - thinks Mrs. Ford good for Ford's campaign.] [Reagan Iowa delegate Kathryn CUTCHER - thinks President Ford afraid to meet Mr. Reagan.] [Iowa Republican chairperson Tom STONER - doesn't think there'll be major change because of Ford's failure to come to Iowa.] Campaign between Ford and Reagan neck and neck.
REPORTER: Eric Engberg

(Des Moines, Iowa) Reagan's welcome warm; trying to persuade delegates to lean toward him. [REAGAN - tries to convince all 36 delegates he's their man.]
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater

Drinkwater, Terry;
Engberg, Eric;
Mudd, Roger

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