CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 04, 1976
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(Studio) Some Republicans in Congress urging President Ford to think twice before choosing former Texas governor John Connally as running mate.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Connally popular in South but N.E. Republicans don't want him on ticket. 2 Republicans call press conference to say Connally will be of no help in their areas. [Minnesota Representative Bill FRENZEL - says it would be difficult to get around Watergate atmosphere assocd. with Connally.] [Massachusetts Representative Margaret HECKLER - says Connally would be 1 of least effective running mates for Ford in N.E.] Maine Representative William Cohen gives views. [COHEN - says feels President Ford should be aware of content of tapes with regard to milk scandal that Connally was involved in. ] Reporter notes transcript from one of tapes mentioned and reads quote from it. Notes Connally reaction to transcript. Connally reacts to present criticism. [CONNALLY - says he's not guilty in scandal. Believes smear campaign being attempted; won't call names now, but time will come when he will.] Ford sources won't say what effect talk is having on President, but say privately Ford will not tell of Connally choice until after nomination, if he does decide on Connally, because of reaction in N.E.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer (Film from Richard Wagner in Houston, Texas)