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Campaign 1976 / Florida / Ford / Reagan #41728

ABC Evening News for Friday, Feb 13, 1976
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(Studio) Ford flies to Florida for campaigning.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Orlando, Florida) Characters from Disney World and crowd greet Ford at airport. He'll concentrate on issues of law and order and elderly. [FORD - says better way to solve unemployment is making sure Private sector of econ. gets incentive. Florida organization will do good job and we'll win.] Some see Florida effort as bid to keep Ronald Reagan from scoring huge victory.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(Studio) Ford reorganized his Florida staff; Reagan runs efficient Florida campaign.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Orlando, Florida) Representative Lou Frey, Junior runs Ford's campaign. Shown greeting Ford's Budget Savers Bagpipe Band. Rptd. Frey doesn't want to antagonize Reagan supporters so they'll support him later. Charge denied. Hill Roberts works with Frey to reorg. things. Roberts recruited by ex-partner, Stuart Spencer, number 2 man in Ford campaign. Roberts and Spencer worked to elect Reagan as California governor [ROBERTS - has worked in both Reagan campaigns; he made good governor President is different matter. No reason for change from Ford.]
REPORTER: Herbert Kaplow

(Orlando, Florida) [WOMAN - talks on telephone to possible voter about Reagan.] Reagan volunteers enthusiastic. State campaign director is L.E. "Tommy" Thomas, who was chairperson Florida Republican party from 1970-74. Volunteers contacted 90% of registered Republicans [THOMAS - likes Ford, but don't think he has leadership abilities United States needs now.] Thomas predicts victory.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Jarriel, Tom;
Kaplow, Herbert;
Reasoner, Harry;
Reynolds, Frank

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