CBS Evening News for Thursday, Aug 12, 1976
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(Studio) Republican leaders have said party may not survive its present wrangling.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Many analysts say Republican party will vanish. [Pol. columnist Kevin PHILLIPS - doubts party's. survival.] Phillips wrote "The Emerging Republican Majority" after Nixon's 1968 election. [PHILLIPS - says last chance for Republicans was after 1972 election and what Nixon could have done with those 4 years] Last time Republicans outnumbered Democrats was in 1946; future dim. Gallup Polls cited. [Republican national committee chairwoman Mary Louise SMITH - is optimistic with regard to party] Exs. of Republican losses in state and national government cited. Local Republican officials feel possibility of gains in 1976 election being frustrated by Ford-Reagan civil war. [MD Senator Charles MATHIAS - is concerned party withering.] [Richard VIGUERIE - says party is dying.] [MATHIAS - says 1976 may be year when many Republican pols. decide they must find another way to express political views and ideals.] [VIGUERIE - says party shrinking because it doesn't stand for anything.] Many Republicans gloomy; 4 years after Nixon 1972 landslide party's demise possible.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl