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Republican Conservatives' Emergence #258408

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jun 02, 1978
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(Studio) Report on emergence of conservative wing of Republican party since 1976 pres. election
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Films shown. [Ronald REAGAN - will abide by commandment begun in California and with regard to speaking of other Republicans] Show of unity between Gerald Ford and Reagan in Kansas City and continued bitterness of conservative Republicans toward liberal wing of party examined. [Committee for the Survival of a Free Congress spokesperson Paul WEYRICH - says Senator Clifford Case has done nothing for Republican in New Jersey.] Org. of various rightist groups working for ideologically pure party detailed. Efforts in Illinois, New Jersey and Massachusetts, by rightists fighting reelecs. of Representative John Anderson, Case and Senator Edward Brooke, respectively, noted. [WEYRICH - says there are many people who had shown they'd vote for Republican if given clearcut liberal-conservative choice, but are reluctant to come into party that doesn't representative their point of view or even has image of cntry.- club point of view.] [Senator Charles MATHIAS - feels rightist orgs. are responsible for cannibalizing of party; describes orgs' methods. Thinks some make effort to purge incumbent Republicans] [WEYRICH - states his organization's point of view on working against Republican incumbents.] Concerns about new right moves by Republican moderate wing outlined.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Cronkite, Walter;
Mudd, Roger

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