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Republican Campaign / Reagan-Schweiker / Reaction / Ford #44592

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 28, 1976
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(Studio) President Ford's campaign organization says Ronald Reagan's Vice President choice of Senator Richard Schweiker will cost him votes at Republican convention Reagan forces contend the opposite.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Mississippi) Mississippi Republican chairperson Clarke Reed polls Mississippi delegates. White House says Reed would throw support to Ford by 4 p.m.; he did not. Ford campaign coordinator, Doug Shanks, says he liked what he heard from Reed. [Party chairperson-elect and Reagan supporter Charles PICKERING - feels Mississippi delegation will remain uncommitted until it gets to Kansas City.] [SHANKS - says will be greatest selling job ever if Reagan convinces Mississippi delegates he and Schweiker are attuned to the issues.] [Reagan Mississippi chairperson W.D. "Billy" MOUNGER - says Reagan and Schweiker to meet Wednesday with Mississippi delegates.]
REPORTER: David Snell

(Studio) Report on national effects of Schweiker choice.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Republican presidential campaign is unclear. [SCHWEIKER - sees shift to Reagan from Pennsylvania delegates.] Reagan delegates still support Reagan in OK, UT, WA, SC and LA. Delegates not legally bound to Reagan in these states. Chairperson Texas delegation, Ray Barnhart, received call from Schweiker; Texas still considered for Reagan. Reagan counts on Schweiker for 30 N.E. votes. Secret Reagan supporters are supposed to be public by then.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) President Ford and his aides consider Vice President choices.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Republican leaders suggest V.P.s to Ford. [Senator Hugh SCOTT - told Ford about names our colleagues are talking about.] [Republican leader Representative John RHODES - says Ford asked him and Scott to be conduit for him in Congress] Ford being secretive about Vice President choice.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(Studio) Republican convention to occur in 3 weeks
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Jarriel, Tom;
Reynolds, Frank;
Smith, Howard K.;
Snell, David

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