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Campaign 1976 / Florida Primary / Republicans #487783

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 09, 1976
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(Studio) Florida voters turn out in greater numbers than expected. In bid for 81 Democrat delegates, Alabama Governor George Wallace challenged by Jimmy Carter and Senator Henry Jackson. 66 Republican delegates at stake in election between President Ford and Ronald Reagan. In Illinois, Reagan said if Ford is the candidate, he'll have to defense Watergate.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Illinois) [REAGAN - says doesn't want to go into battle with Democrats in November defending part of past which Republicans would like left to history.] Reagan later asked if Ford will have to defense his pardon of Nixon. [REAGAN - says Democrats will try to revive all they can of that nature.]
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Studio) Later, Reagan says reporters misinterpreting his meaning (of statements about Watergate and Ford). Ford speaks of economy
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Ford speaks to group of contractors. [FORD - says figures are hard econ. facts, not political fiction. United States on road to new prosperity. Prosperity doesn't fit into some pols.' plans.] Felt that economy news helped Ford in Florida. In Florida, Ford promises rebuilding of vets.' hospital in Saint Petersburg, money for Miami rapid transit, money for Fort Myers and $38 million defense contract for Orlando firm. Florida conservative endorses President when finds out he's considered for treasury post. Florida woman spkn. of as a federal bench candidate.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Studio) Florida enacted 1st national primary 75 years ago.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Brokaw, Tom;
Chancellor, John

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