ABC Evening News for Friday, Jul 09, 1976
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(Studio) Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford talk with reporters both trying to persuade delegates to jump on their bandwagon.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Denver, Colorado) Reagan puts best possible face on Ford's Thursday win of at least 10 of 18 North Dakota delegates. [REAGAN - says he still thinks he will get first ballot nomination. Says North Dakota delegate count no surprise as Ford had been expected to get 12 of these.] Some had expected even split in North Dakota. Reagan staffers in Colorado say he will get all 31 there. Reagan more cautious with regard to Colorado but not Kansas City. [REAGAN - says does expect majority of Colorado. Says those who have recently gone from uncommitted to Ford, have always been known to be Ford's and still thinks he will win on first ballot.]
REPORTER: Stephen Geer
(DC) In press conf., Ford cornered into saying Reagan qualified to be President, but got out of corner by saying only if he nominates Reagan to be Vice President Ford says confident of first ballot nomination. He says when delegate count objectively analyzed, Ford nomination will prevail on first ballot. Reporters brought up Reagan's name as Vice Presidential candidate; Ford didn't exclude him or anyone else. Ford described campaign attacks on Reagan as done with political license. Ford says he hasn't decided yet how to put choice for Vice President before convention but it will be made known to convention. Talk of Vice President seemed to fit in with Ford's opening theme of first-ballot nomination which it seemed he wanted to get across to news media, public and most of all to uncommitted delegates wondering if presidential slot is still open issue.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel
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