CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 11, 1976
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(Studio) As Republican national chairwoman Mary Louise Smith asks for party unity, events taking shape that could have effect on that possibility. Some of most conservative delegates mention possibility of conservative New York Senator James Buckley being put in nomination for president One theory with regard to move is that it's surprise Reagan tactic to deny Ford first ballot nomination and help Reagan on later ballots; other is that it's launching of third party conservative nominee. No substantiation on either.
(Kansas City) Buckley calls news conference to say he's passively willing to let name be put in nomination. [BUCKLEY - says would not slam door on possibility.] [Ford delegate and New York party chairperson Richard ROSENBAUM - thinks Buckley move is mistake and New York Ford support won't be affected.] Rosenbaum suggested Reagan behind move to try to draw delegates away from Ford on first ballot. Reagan campaign manager John Sears denies charge. [SEARS - doesn't know strength or source of Buckley support; won't affect Reagan support.] North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms, leader of ultra-conservative group at convention, says Ford could be victim of this move. [HELMS -says Buckley popular in South and it's his impression this is true elsewhere.] Helms said to be prime organizer of Buckley move, though he says he's still Reagan delegate. Reasons for conservative move is this direction noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite; Jerry Landay