NBC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 12, 1976
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(Studio) White House staffer passing out memos. at Republican convention saying as early as 2 years ago North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms and other conservatives planning 3rd party move if this convention didn't produce candidate to suit them.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Kansas City) Documents with regard to Senator Jesse Helms and conservatives plan for 3rd party noted. [Ford Southern Mgr. Harry DENT - says it's effort to derail Ford 1st round nomination and doesn't think it's possible. Also says it may be effort to destroy Republican party and come up with new party Says it won't affect conv. and might help Ford.] Buckley declined being on Ford Vice President list; now Ford people link him to destructive movement in party
REPORTER: John Hart
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