CBS Evening News for Friday, Aug 20, 1976
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(Studio) Ford and Reagan share podium final night of Republican convention and give rousing speeches.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Kansas City, Missouri) Ford consulted with aides on speech. [FORD - cites record.] Melvin Laird says he advised against promising to debate Carter now, but Ford thought risk should be taken. Republicans now look to fall campaign. [FORD - notes poll results with regard to state of Republican party and says only polls people go to in November count.] Reagan's endorsement of Ford-Dole ticket low key; supporters somewhat bitter but mostly sad; not much talk of 3rd party formation, but no real enthusiasm for Republican ticket either. Some question of support from liberal Republicans; also questions with regard to President's choice of Dole and campaign strategy.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Los Angeles, California) Reagan plans long rest and then return to radio-TV and newspaper editorials. Says en route home it's questionable that Ford can win in November; it's reported 3rd party much on Reagan's mind after November election over. [REAGAN - says many people in country not believers in Democrat philosophy and if loss occurs in November, many in Republican party will have to take look at how to put new majority together.]
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater