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NBC Evening News for Friday, Jun 25, 1976
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(Studio) President Ford and Ronald Reagan compete for 18 Minnesota delegates. Both accuse other of being divisive.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Saint Paul, Minnesota) Ford forces control Minnesota Republican convention Reagan supporters consider walkout or party split. [REAGAN - speaks for party unity.] Reagan strategist John Sears wants 4 Minnesota delegates in the interest of party unity. Betty Ford visits convention Sears and Stuart Spencer, of Ford organization, chat together. Ford beats Reagan in nonbinding popularity vote.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Studio) Senator Howard Baker to be keynote speaker at Republican convention Senator Robert Dole to be temporary chairperson Reagan aide says convention stacked against Reagan. Report on pols. at White House
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Ford speaks to Republican party officals. [FORD - urges Republican party unity after the conv.] Fords hosts lunch for West Virginia Republican delegates. Last night, Ford met with 30 Jews, incling. 2 Ford campaign representatives and New York party chairperson Aides setting up lunch for uncommitted Pennsylvania delegates next week Ford's out-of-town trips cut back.
REPORTER: John Cochran

(Studio) NBC Republican delegate count shows Ford with 1017 votes; 941 for Ron Reagan; 140 uncommitted, and 161 still to be chosen.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Brinkley, David;
Brokaw, Tom;
Chancellor, John;
Cochran, John

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