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CBS Evening News for Monday, Jul 26, 1976
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(Studio) 103 member Pennsylvania delegation is uncommitted but considered pro-Ford.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) CBS poll of Pennsylvania delegation shows no one but Schweiker has switched support from Ford to Reagan. Previous poll showed Ford with 75 delegates; 11 for Reagan and 17 undecided.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) [Ford delegate Representative Lawrence COUGHLIN (sic) - says he will continue to be uncommitted.] [DELEGATE - says he'll continue to be uncommitted.]
REPORTER: Eric Engberg

(DC) [Ford delegate Pennsylvania Representative Lawrence COUGHLIN (sic) - doesn't think Reagan's attempt to play pols. with Vice President will work.] (Editor's NOTE: Different men identified as Representative Lawrence Coughlin by network.) [Ford California supporter Representative Paul McCLOSKEY - says there must be panic in Reagan camp for them to select liberal.] [Reagan North Carolina supporter Senator Jesse HELMS - notes his surprise at Reagan's Vice President choice.] Reaction to Reagan's choice noted.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

(Studio) White House scrambles to play down Reagan move.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) [Ford campaign chairperson Rogers C.B. MORTON - says move appears to be exchange of president for few delegates. Appears that Reagan is trying to split Pennsylvania delegation.] Ford organization worried about effect of selection on Ford's Pennsylvania support. Morton characterizes Reagan move as act of desperation.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Earlier in month, Reagan said he didn't believe in picking someone from opposite end of the political spectrum in order to get votes.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Americans for Democrat Action gave Schweiker 89% rating in 1975 because of his liberal record. Senator Edward Brooke was only other Republican Senator to score that high with A.District Attorney Reagan conservatives consider A.District Attorney "dangerous radicals." A.District Attorney gave 94% to Senator Walter Mondale. American Conservative Union gave Schweiker 9% rating for 1975. AFL-CIO backs Schweiker. His name was on prestigious enemy list of Nixon White House His congress career and bus. highlights noted. He's married, has 5 children and belongs to church similar to Quakers. June 27, 1976, film shows Schweiker on "Face The Nation" [SCHWEIKER - thinks Ford will win president] In June 15 CBS poll, Republican delegate Schweiker said he disapproved of John Connally as Vice President choice and was undecided about Reagan.
REPORTER: David Culhane (WCAU-TV)

Engberg, Eric;
Mudd, Roger;
Schieffer, Bob;
Stahl, Lesley

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