CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 11, 1977
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(Studio) Republican govs. conference ends with challenge to govs. to put more effort into winning state hses. than White House
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Bretton Woods, New Hampshire) Conf. is held in New Hampshire and govs. and potential govs. discuss rebuilding of party in post-Watergate era. [John CONNALLY - says party has too long considered that making presidential race every 4 years is enough, but he offers view that it's not. Notes Republicans have held White House 16 of last 24 years and asks what impact party has been able to have on fundamental force of nation Says one reason Republicans haven't been able to change it more than they have is lack of control of govships. and Congress] Connally suggests Republican national committee allocate quarter of funds to state races and that Panama Canal issue isn't directly relevant to rebuilding Republican national base. Illinois Governor James Thompson is newcomer to govship., but is already being considered president material. [THOMPSON - notes party is often thought to be party of big business without concern for working man. Says Democrat slogans today were Republican slogans 77 years ago, and party has forgotten them in recent quarrels with regard to ideology.] Comments of Republican chrmn. Bill Brock noted, incl. remark with regard to President Carter.
REPORTER: Jerry Landay