NBC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 02, 1978
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(Studio) American's 2-pol.-party system and its workings in president and congress elections outlined. Report is on Republican hopes to do better in 1978 congress elections.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Background of Republican troubles, beginning with divisiveness over Reagan-Ford primary campaign and Ford's loss to Carter in general election detailed. Films shown. [John CHANCELLOR - cites NBC News projection that Carter will win `76 election.] Job of pulling Republicans back together again is that of national chairperson Bill Brock. [BROCK - says party is going back to basics and that 1st priority is state legislature and local government levels. Notes focus on governorships also. Thinks party can get back to relating to American people.] Republican efforts to educate. Republican campaign mgrs. and to win black votes detailed. [MAN - tells campaign mgrs. class about ad campaign in Valdosta, Georgia.] [Republican consultant Bob WRIGHT - outlines program for getting Republican candidates into black communities and development of campaign strategy there.] Brock's invitation to Democrat Reverend Jesse Jackson to speak to GOP National Committee noted. [JACKSON - states things party must do to attract black votes.] [Iowa Governor Robert RAY - cites reaction to Jackson's speech.] National Committee's efforts to get candidates elected and availability of money to spend on such efforts described, using Bill Green's campaign against Bella Abzug in New York City recently as example [2nd MAN - talks about Green's campaign slogan; mentions President Carter.] Govt. seats at all levels open for election this fall noted.
REPORTER: Douglas Kiker