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Campaign 1976 / Republican Convention / Vice Presidential Choice / Dole #247520

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Aug 19, 1976
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(Studio) Ford picks fellow Midwesterner for Vice President [FORD - says thrilled with opportunity to have Robert Dole as running mate. [DOLE - says didn't expect to get telephone call, but is glad he's in. ] After nomination, Ford visited Reagan and then spent till dawn deciding Vice Presidential candidate.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Kansas City, Missouri) Dole's selection known prior to Ford's announcement. Hadn't been at top of rumor list but President found him to have greatest no. of attributes. [FORD - gives reasons for selection; announces Reagan endorsement of ticket.] [DOLE - says he thinks ticket can win and he'll work hard because country needs Ford's leadership 4 more years] Reagan campaign chairperson Senator Paul Laxalt stood with Ford people for unified party effort. Some Reagan people cautious in support. [REAGAN - says he'd prefer Dole to Mondale and party has gone with Ford; says he has to believe ticket will win.] [Senator Howard BAKER - says he's a little disappointed he wasn't chosen. [John CONNALLY - lists Dole's attributes for campaign.] [DOLE - says he doesn't think national recognition of him will be problem.] Enthusiasm for ticket lacking.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

Cronkite, Walter;
Jones, Phil

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