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Campaign 1976 / Ford / Vice Presidential Choice / Republican Poll #45150

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 05, 1976
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(Studio) At White House Press Secretary Ron Nessen says President Ford has ordered poll of 359 local Republican officials to get their views on Vice President choice. Most frequently mentioned possibility is John Connally, but several Republican Congmen. have said publicly they're worried with regard to Connally ties with Watergate issue.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Connally now has staff, news secretary and press corps to travel with him. [CONNALLY - says if critics have something on him, he wishes they'd tell it. Says E. liberal members of Congress fearful that he has chance to be on ticket and are trying to do hatchet job on him.] Connally says he has no connection with Watergate, and milk scandal is closed. Senator Howard Baker asked if Connally raises specter of wheeler-dealer pols. [BAKER - says yes, to some extent, but that American people are realistic and forgiving.] President Ford says to Capitol Hill Republicans Connally critics should lay off.
REPORTER: Ann Compton

Compton, Ann;
Reasoner, Harry

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