CBS Evening News for Monday, Aug 09, 1976
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(Kansas City) It may be hard to avoid platform fight.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Kansas City) In platform committee , conservative delegates say it's pro-Ford platform. Vice President Nelson Rockefeller sent to talk of foreign political instead of Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. [ROCKEFELLER - says USSR could achieve ntl. dominance in 1980's if United States doesn't keep up defense] Rockefeller presented plan of counterbalance of strength rather than Reagan-supported superior national strength. 2 other Ford supporters speak on domestic programs, but couldn't agree on welfare crisis. [Representative John RHODES - says should provide for those who can't produce, but shouldn't for those who won't.] [Senator Jacob JAVITS - says just because 15% are shown to be fake, 85% shouldn't starve.] Secretary of Agriculture e Earl Butz says if Carter elected, George Meany would be shadow Secretary of Agriculture Reagan forces catch Ford supporters off guard in Sunday night's move to pick own subcommittee chairperson All previously named chairperson, Ford supporters, retained except Representative Silvio Conte, who was replaced by Charles Pickering of Mississippi. [Un- identified MAN - says move was surprise but today shows everything back on track.] Reagan camp says it didn't know of moves by these supporters, who are most conservative Reaganites and say they won't go for platform of party unity.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl
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