CBS Evening News for Sunday, Aug 15, 1976
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(Studio) Some of Reagan's more conservative backers sparking behind-the-scenes controversy.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(Kansas City) Conservative movement not happy with Reagan's stand on all issues began nightly mtgs. this week to decide which issues in platform and rules can be fought out on floor. They see fights as deciding definite issues which will pull in Ford and uncommitted delegates for Reagan camp. Conservatives say they don't compromise conservative principle. [North Carolina delegate Senator Jesse HELMS - says if they don't make it on principle, won't make it at all.] Some conservatives privately say Ford will get nomination and be defeated in November and they will be there to rebuild party North Carolina delegate Dr. John East says future of conservatism is not in 3rd party but in reconstituted right-leaning GOP. [EAST - believes Republican party is where most conservatives feel most comfortable.] Conservatives consider leaders as means to gain conservative political ends.
REPORTER: Jerry Landay
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