ABC Evening News for Friday, Jun 02, 1978
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(Studio) Upcoming primary election in New Jersey reported.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(Newark, New Jersey) Report on New Jersey senate candidacy of former Princeton scholar-athlete and former pro basketball player Bill Bradley. His background, include schooling at Oxford, career in basketball and authorship of "Life on the Run", given. Film shown. Aid given Bradley in campaign by celebrities such as Paul Simon, cast members of television show "Saturday Night Live" and Patty Smith noted and reaction of Democrat opponents described. [Candidate Richard LEONE - states opinion of this method of campaigning.] [Candidate Alex MENZA - this doesn't change his tactics; is happy Burt Reynolds decided not to run.] Princeton professor Leone's backing by New Jersey governor and political celebrities like Newark Mayor Kenneth Gibson noted. Menza's campaign and lack of funds outlined. Bradley's candidacy stated as forcing state Democrats to choose between celebrity who could win in fall and organization candidate who might not. Winner is expected to face present New Jersey Senator Clifford Case.
REPORTER: John Martin
(Studio) Report on Virginia Republicans' gathering in Richmond to choose candidate for Senate seat held by retiring Senator William Scott.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Richmond, Virginia) Growth of Republican party in Virginia outlined. Background of Senator candidates to be chosen by convention delegates given; candidates are Richard Obenshain, Linwood Holton and John Warner. Obenshain's leadership of Ronald Reagan's forces in Virginia during 1976 presidential campaign, Holton's former govship. of state and Warner's marriage to Elizabeth Taylor mentioned. [WARNER - asks if his wife needs introduction] Film of Bob Hope joking about Taylor's new lifestyle shown. [HOPE - comments on Taylor's daily activities.] Uncertainty with regard to outcome of convention noted.
REPORTER: Charles Gibson