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Panama Canal / Republican Party / California / Ford / Reagan #490971

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Oct 02, 1977
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(Studio) House and Senator begin hearing testimony this week on Panama Canal. Republican National Committee issued resolution opposing treaty ratification. Conflict over Canal treaty swelled ranks of California Republican party convention
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(San Diego, California) No. of delegates registered for state party convention almost double. Film shown. Reason given as Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan appearances with regard to Panama Canal treaty. Reagan and Ford hold opposite views. California Republicans, almost without exception, oppose ratification of treaty. [FORD - hopes majority of Senator will see wisdom in ratification of treaty.] In speech to convention delegates, Ford made no mention of canal treaty. Film shown. [REAGAN - opposes treaty.] Reagan mentioned treaty only briefly in convention speech. G.O.P. can't afford conflict, trying for unity to regain territory lost to Democrats
REPORTER: Don Harris

Harris, Don;
Savitch, Jessica

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