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Campaign 1976 / Republican Convention / Justice Resolution #247350

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 10, 1976
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(Studio) Preliminary mtgs. at Republican national convention continue with both Ford and Reagan forces fighting it out, especially in rules and platform cmtes. Ford forces today voted in rule to keep delegates bound to Ford from voting otherwise.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Kansas City) Justice resolution affects 939 delegates in 19 states who are legally bound to vote 1 way. Aim of resolution is to force these delegates to vote as they are bound instead of as they wish or not at all. Reagan backers say delegates honorable and rule unnecessary. [Citizens for Reagan committee spokesperson Loren SMITH - says Reagan people don't feel this is Ford-Reagan issue, but that problem is with rule and how it will mess up party for next 4 years] Ford supporters say it's matter of keeping faith with voters. [Florida delegate Paula HAWKINS - says switching can work both ways.] If some bound delegates voted conscience, Reagan would gain votes, so in Ford-controlled committee rule was passed. Resolution will surface again at conv.'s rules committee meeting this wkend.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton

Cronkite, Walter;
Morton, Bruce

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