CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 20, 1976
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(Studio) Republican president candidates continue search for delegate support.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) Ford delegate hunters get 16 more delegates, incling. 2 committed to Ronald Reagan. They say Ford lacks 11 votes for the nomination. [President Ford committee deputy chairperson James BAKER - says Ford campaign handing out names and addresses so reporters may verify Ford's support; unlike Reagan campaign.] Suffolk Cnty., New York, delegate, Edwin Schwenk, denies deal made with Ford in exchange for support. Reagan backer, Virginia delegate William Forbes, notes Reagan's policy with regard to Panama Canal and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) as reasons for his switchover. [FORBES - decided that Ford can win November election.] [Citizens for Reagan campaign manager John SEARS - says doesn't know how many Ford delegates will vote for Reagan when it's clear Reagan will be nominated. Estimates 40-50.] President has given up hopes of public commitments from Mississippi delegation and won't go to Republican fund-raiser in Mississippi.
REPORTER: Phil Jones (WTAR-TV)
(Studio) South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond endorses Reagan.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
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