CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 02, 1978
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(Studio) Report on announcement by conservative representative of candidacy for 1980 GOP pres. nomination.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) [Representative Philip CRANE - announces candidacy.] Background on Crane given, include chairperson of American Conservative Union and representative of Chicago suburban dist. Conservative fundraiser Richard A. Viguerie's mass mailing on behalf of Crane noted. Belief of many that Republican front runner is now Ronald Reagan stated. [CRANE - pledged to Reagan that he won't let candidacy allow nomination of candidate who doesn't representative 1976 platform.] Interview shown. [CRANE - discusses outlook.] Reactions reported [Committee for Free Congress spokesperson Paul WEYRICH - discusses Reagan's loss of some support and possibility that Crane could pick it up.] [Senator Paul LAXALT - states his view of Crane's chances.] [CRANE - thinks he has as good chance as anyone.] Crane's candidacy compared to Jimmy Carter's.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton
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