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Campaign 1976 / Pre-Convention Proceedings / Sears Proposal #489901

NBC Evening News for Monday, Aug 09, 1976
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(Studio) Republicans coming to Kansas City 1 week early to start pre-convention business On Sunday, Ford people lost procedural battle in platform committee ; today Ford supporter removed from important job on platform committee by vote of Reagan supporters; Reagan campaign manager John Sears makes surprise proposal.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Kansas City) John Sears not expected at meeting which was to have routine business Sears proposes rule that candidates name Vice President choice by 9:00 a.m. of nomination day. [SEARS - says Vice President shouldn't be thrust on convention after it's too late to do anything.] [North Dakota delegate Ben CLAYBURGH - says it appears to be effort of 1 candidate to disrupt smoothness of conv.] [SEARS - says he sees no disruption of convention if rule adopted.] [Arizona delegate John HAUGH - asks if Sears would be satisfied to make resolution effective for 1980 conv.] [SEARS - says no.] Committee voted no, so Sears will take resolution to 2nd committee If it votes no, he will take it to convention floor.

Chancellor, John;
Hart, John

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