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Campaign 1976 / Republican Convention / Floor Strategies #247390

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 11, 1976
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(Studio) Taped report of conversations with Reagan campaign manager John Sears and Ford consultant F. Clifton White with regard to strategy on convention floor next week
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Kansas City) [SEARS - says might be 3 or 4 procedural votes on floor depending on platform committee work.] [WHITE - says Reagan going after delegates he conceives to be movable, but as soon as no interest is shown in various proposals, Reagan will dispose of some of them.] [SEARS - says Reagan forces feel that if Ford names Vice President choice before president balloting some delegates might come to Reagan in objection to Ford ticket.] [WHITE - says suggestions by Reagan forces to create shift in delegates won't work because all moves will be seen for what they are.] Asked if only way he could advance Reagan was by making trouble, [SEARS - says it's in own interest not to make trouble. Comments on current trends in pols. with regard to this idea.] Asked about soft Ford delegates, [WHITE - says doesn't think they'll be soft after they get to Kansas City and talk to other delegates.]
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Studio) Sears says that he doesn't believe Ford has put his stamp on any ideological position and Vice President choice will provide that stamp for Ford ticket.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter

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