ABC Evening News for Monday, Aug 09, 1976
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(Kansas City) 1st day of mtgs. for Republican rules, credentials and platform cmtes. Battle lines between Ford and Reagan camps drawn.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Kansas City) In rules committee , controversial issue with regard to delegate votes set aside so 1st session could be routine. Reagan campaign manager John Sears proposes rule to require presidential candidate to announce Vice President choice morning of balloting day. Sears says not strategy to pressure Ford to name candidate, but it's time to change rules. [SEARS - says convention must have some control over Vice President choice.] Committee members question Sears re: implementation of rule at 1980 convention [SEARS - says he wouldn't be satisfied with enactment for 1980 and says resolution will not disrupt conv.] Committee rejects proposal; Sears says he'll take it to convention floor.
REPORTER: Roger Peterson
(Kansas City) Reporter notes pressure being put on Ford campaign by Reagan supporters for Ford to trust convention and name Vice President choice before balloting.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(Kansas City) Platform committee proceeded according to schedule; no surprises. Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz speaks on labor leader George Meany's opposition to USSR grain sales; Vice President Nelson Rockefeller advocates strong national defense; Michigan Governor William Milliken speaks on plight of cities; Bishop James Malone speaks on social issues. Reporter notes potentially troublesome organization matter with regard to choice of sub-committee officials and peaceful solution. Matter was taken up by Reagan people who now have shown they won't be pushed around and have alerted Ford forces to be more wary.
REPORTER: Herbert Kaplow
(Kansas City) Weather conditions noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
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