NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 17, 1976
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(Studio) Rule 16, paragraphs A and B noted. Floor fight will be over Reagan squad's proposed paragraph, 16C, requiring President candidates to name Vice President choice by 9 a.m. morning of president balloting. Vote will be 1st real test of candidates' strength.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Kansas City, Missouri) Ford delegate counter Janice Baker suggests he's weaker on rule 16C than on nomination. [BAKER - says aware of less support in procedure all along, but still believe they'll win 1st ballot nomination.] Reagan campaign manager John Sears says most delegates want rule but refuse to predict passage. [SEARS - says if position is shown to be weaker than that perceived publicly, it could be harmful.] If Ford has to name Vice President early, could alienate some delegates who would go to Reagan.
REPORTER: John Hart