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Campaign 1976 / Republican Delegates / Reagan / Ford #489409

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 08, 1976
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(Studio) Ronald Reagan campaigns in North Dakota for 18 uncommitted Republican delegates.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Fargo, North Dakota) Reagan talks to North Dakota delegates at North Dakota Republican convention Ford forces were in control of convention Ford received 12 delegates; 4 for Reagan and 2 uncommitted. [REAGAN - criticizes Carter's Democratic platform.] Reagan says he's (Reagan) anti-DC and would make stronger candidate against Carter than Ford.
REPORTER: Kenley Jones

(Studio) Ford campaign spokesperson tells reporter John Cochran that President Ford now sees how he'll get over top (with delegates).
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Ford organization says Ford received 14 new delegates. [Dep. chairperson for delegates President Ford committee Jim BAKER - cites number of delegates Ford expects to win before Republican conv.] New York State Republican Chairperson Richard Rosenbaum says Reagan wouldn't help Ford's ticket because he lacks broad appeal. Some White House aides feel Ford must win nomination on 1st ballet or lose to Reagan. Aides want Ford to beef-up campaign staff with political heavywts. and end bickering among campaign advisers.
REPORTER: John Cochran

(Studio) NBC delegate count shows Ford with 1070 delegates; 993 for Reagan; 116 uncommitted and 80 to be chosen. Race is close.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Cochran, John;
Jones, Kenley

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