CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 01, 1978
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(Studio) Former Democratic governor's occupation of White House at present and Republicans' watchfulness of Republican governor ranks for possible 1980 presidential candidate noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Republican need for new leaders, in wake of president of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, described. Party suggestions that Govs. Pierre South DuPont IV, Robert Ray, William Milliken, and James Thompson, of DE, Iowa, Michigan and Illinois, respectively, might be president material noted; backgrounds on each given. [DuPont - doesn't pay much attention to media coverage he's received as result of unseating incumbent Democratic governor in 1976.] [RAY - is flattered to be considered president material, but is directing efforts to reelection as gov.] [MILLIKEN - is flattered, but present challenge is reelection as gov.] [THOMPSON - is flattered, but is long way from that.] Is noted Thompson considered, among govs., along with Ronald Reagan and Senators Howard Baker and Robert Dole as one of most serious candidates.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
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