CBS Evening News for Monday, Jul 28, 1980
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(Studio) Efforts to make Democratic Convention an open one said widening.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) Group of Democratic Representatives calling for open convention examined. [Representative Thomas J. DOWNEY - notes President Carter's problems and his need for conv. referendum.] [Colorado Governor Richard D. LAMM - says he's part of dump-Carter mvt.] Senator Henry Jackson said denying that he had consented to anyone pushing his candidacy; Jackson quoted on screen. Harrison G. Dogole said forming financial committee on behalf of Jackson. [DOGOLE - comments; mentions John Anderson.] Similar effort in 1948 to take nomination away from Harry Truman recalled.
REPORTER: Phil Jones
(DC) White House reported releasing letter from Vice President Walter Mondale in effort to halt dump-Carter movement before it gets stronger; details given, letter shown, quoted in part on screen. Press Secretary Jody Powell quoted re: Jackson; President Carter's statement to cabinet today with regard to Billy Carter quoted on screen. Attorney Charles Kirbo, shown with Powell and White House cnsl. Lloyd Cutler, said conferring with regard to Billy Cafter problem; details given. No arrangements reported made for Billy to stay at White House while here.
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint
(Studio) 2 Senators reported returning from Bahamas meeting with fugitive financier Robert Vesco with regard to Billy Carter and Libyans; Dennis DeConcini quoted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) DeConcini said investigating possible role of Vesco in effort to influence sales of United States planes to Libya. [DeCONCINI - says Vesco left impression that he orchestrated Libyan-Billy Carter relationship to discredit Carter administration] DeConcini's criticism of Vesco's tale outlined; Senator Orrin Hatch, accompanying DeConcini, quoted. Vesco said making allegations that officials from last 2 admins. were involved in bribing Libyans; details given.
REPORTER: Fred Graham