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Campaign 1976 / Ford Vice Presidential Choice / Brock / Connally #489905

NBC Evening News for Monday, Aug 09, 1976
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(Studio) Senator William Brock says he won't be Ford Vice Presidential candidate and recommends Senator Howard Baker. Senator Robert Dole of Kansas says he's on list and is interested. John Connally still on list.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Atlanta, Georgia) President cnsl. Phillip Buchen came to lawyers meeting here to meet with former Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski, with regard to John Connally, but the 2 never talked except by phone. Sources said Connally afraid White House might make public what Jaworski said. [BUCHEN - says they can't get access to tapes and papers of Nixon years with regard to Connally because of court injunction, so must rely on published material.] Documents on file report that former Nixon aide H.R. Haldeman said Connally advised putting Watergate blame on John Mitchell. In Houston, Connally tells reporter George Lewis he wasn't in on coverup and he objects to suppositions. [CONNALLY - says he didn't know how far coverup went. Says he gave same advice at all times with regard to revelation of those involved.) Reporter says White House interest in Connally may be cooling.
REPORTER: Carl Stern

Brinkley, David;
Stern, Carl

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