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Republican Party #250343

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 10, 1977
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(Studio) Republican party searches to find where it is and where it's going.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Debate conts. with regard to identity of party [Ronald REAGAN - cites views on what party should be.] [Nevada Senator Paul LAXALT - says he won't go to left.] Republican control of seats in Senate, House, govs. of states and statehses. since 1948 noted; has had White House 57% of time. [Republican national chairperson William BROCK - says party can t continue to talk of president without base to work from.] Brock will need help from House minority leader John Rhodes, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Senator minority leader Howard Baker. [BAKER - says congress Republicans must show country there's alternative to Carter administration proposals.] Winning House seats is main occupation of Republican campaign committee 's director, Steven Stockmeyer. [STOCKMEYER - says they're building program to look for good candidates.] 1st test to come in election in Minnesota for House seat vacated by Agriculture Secretary Robert Bergland; candidates are Republican Arlan Stangeland, farmer, Lutheran and former state representative, and former aide to Vice President Walter Mondale, Democrat Michael Sullivan. No political organization can survive as permanent party of opposition.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Cronkite, Walter;
Mudd, Roger

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