NBC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 17, 1972
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(Studio) Platform committee ends public hearings. Republican national committee adopts new rules for selecting convention delegates (displeasing reformers).
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Miami Beach, Florida) Conservatives win fight on party rules for 1976 conv. [Republican national committee votes on rules.] Majority subcommittee report retains basic power balance of party [Mississippi Republican chairperson Clarke REED - says system has worked well for party since 1948.] Similar formula found unconstitutional in court case brought by liberal Ripon Society. Society will pursue challenge to Supreme Court [Ripon Society, Dan SWILLINGER - will take rule passed today back to Supreme Court] Party pledges to try harder to recruit women, blacks, etc.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit
(Miami Beach, Florida) [President adviser John EHRLICHMAN - says administration feels question of rules is up to delegates. Comments on theory that rules fight is by conservatives for Agnew in 1976. Denies that White House is pulling strings at convention Says platform committee chairperson Rhodes is competent to director platform procedure. Has no comment on Democrat headquarters break-in.]
REPORTER: Catherine Mackin