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Campaign `80 / Kennedy-Anderson / Democratic Convention / Reagan #511797

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 31, 1980
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(Studio) Edward Kennedy and John Anderson reported meeting today; Kennedy noted calling Ronald Reagan earlier in day with regard to debates.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Kennedy-Anderson meeting discussed; photos shown. Gerald Ford's refusal of Reagan's vice president offer mentioned. [ANDERSON - infers that he would drop out of campaign if Democrats choose another cand.] [KENNEDY - says if he's nominated he would instruct Democratic national committee to stop trying to block Anderson's candidacy.] Possible rationale for meeting outlined.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit

(Studio) Connecticut Governor Ella Grasso's break with President Carter and call for open convention earlier in week recalled; Grasso reported reversing self today. Details given. Edward Bennett Williams noted heading movement for open conv.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Williams said denying that open convention movement is a dump-Carter movement; details given. [WILLIAMS - calls for freeing of delegates.] Some Democratic Representatives said fearful that President's declining poll ratings will drag them down with him noted. [Carter campaign chairperson Robert STRAUSS - criticizes open convention movement] Congress Black Caucus vice-chairperson Ronald Dellums said disagreeing with Strauss; New York City Mayor Ed Koch quoted with regard to Vice President Walter Mondale, Secretary of State Edmund Muskie, Senators Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Henry Jackson having better chance of carrying New York than Carter. NBC News survey said finding little movement away from President among delegates.
REPORTER: Bob Jamieson

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Traverse City, Michigan) No. of Michigan delegates at Democratic Convention and number won by Kennedy and Carter noted; Detroit Mayor Coleman Young reported leading Carter delegates. Young said admitting that Carter would lose Michigan to Reagan if elec. were held today. [YOUNG - comments on Michigan Carter delegates.] Delegate Bruce Newman's support for open convention noted. [NEWMAN - comments.] Newman and other Carter delegates reported pressured by Kennedy to call for open convention; details given. Evangeline Stanchek reported sending telegram to Kennedy with regard to the pressure. [STANCHEK - comments.] Indications of Stanchek's commitment to President Carter noted.
REPORTER: Jim Cummins

(Studio) Ronald Reagan reported making 1979 tax forms public today; details given. Amount of federal campaign funds given Reagan noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Cummins, Jim;
Jamieson, Bob;
Pettit, Tom

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