CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 17, 1976
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(Studio) Ford mts. with black delegates. Nos. and %s of blacks in 1976 conv. compared to 1972 conv.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Kansas City, Missouri) Record number of blacks at this convention Some hoped for united front to get concessions from both candidates, but internal troubles prevent it. [Ford Kansas alternate delegate Leroy TOMBS - says votes can't be auctioned off that way as kind of bribe.] Failure to unite blamed on too many non-delegates influencing caucuses and campaigning of Reagan supporter Dr. Henry Lucas and White House special assistant John Calhoun. [Spokesperson for Black Silent Major Committee Walter ROBINSON - comments on performance of black delegates; charges irresponsibility and loss of credibility within party] With 32 black delegates committed to Ford and 10 to Reagan by law and others leaning to Ford, they have lost much of bargaining power.
REPORTER: Randy Daniels
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