Former governor of California, Mr. Ronald Reagan, delivered another blow to United States President Gerald?
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REPORTER: "Whoever was voting for you in these primaries, whether it was Republicans or Democrats, crossing over, there are those who are still arguing that you are continuing to appeal to a narrow conservative block. That it's not a new majority as you call it, but a new minority, if you will, a conservative minority."
MR. REAGAN: "Then how come at the polls there turned out to be a majority -- in the election? I don't think I am. I think sometimes that it's very easy to pick out whichever words you want to and slant this as some columnists do. But if anyone listens to me, to what I'm saying, and how I frame my views, my own desire for peace, but it has to be obtained through strength, not weakness."
REPORTER: "Are you a little bit surprised by this?"
SENATOR CHURCH: "Yes, I'm astonished. I mean, we started just four weeks ago and came from nowhere. A very late campaign that most people thought had no chance and we had to contend with a front runner who's had the limelight -- in fact he had two cover stories on Time and Newsweek this week -- so I think to win in this state would be something of a political miracle."
"We haven't heard from the countryside of Nebraska so we'll have to wait and see. It's possible that Jimmy Carter could still turn it around but my showing here is going to be a very strong showing no matter what, and it launches a campaign. And I think from here I can go into the north west where the polls now show me leading Carter and I think I can win victories in the north west."
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This film is serviced with interviews with Mr. Reagan and Senator Church followed by Senator Church speaking. Transcripts follow.
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Background: Former governor of California, Mr. Ronald Reagan, delivered another blow to United States President Gerald Ford's prospects for re-election on Tuesday (11 May). In the race for the Republican presidential nomination Mr. Reagan won decisively in the Nebraska primary. But although he maintained his new-found momentum to beat Mr. Ford in Nebraska, the President gained consolation with an equally convincing win over Mr. Reagan in the West Virginia primary.
For the Democrats, Senator Frank Church, a latecomer to the presidential race, scored an upset victory over front-runner, Mr. Jimmy Carter in the Nebraska primary.
Mr. Reagan was elated by his Nebraska victory and dismissed the idea that he represents a narrow conservative minority. He told newsmen that the vote spoke for him -- he won and President Ford lost. He declared that he desired peace in the world -- but from a position of strength.
Senator Church told a news conference that he was astonished by his win. He explained that he launched his campaign only four weeks ago and had come from nowhere. He said that he was now confident of further victories in primaries in the north west, where opinion polls have given him a lead over Mr. Carter. The emergence of the Senator for Nebraska as a serious contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, has upset Mr. Carter's bandwagon. However, he told newsmen: "You can't win them all."
In the Nebraska primary, Mr. Reagan took 54 per cent of the vote, compared with President Ford's 46 per cent. In West Virginia, Mr. Ford won 57 per cent to Mr. Reagan's 43 per cent. Senator Church beat Mr. Carter in nebraska by 39 per cent to 37 cent.
SYNOPSIS: The United States. Another serious blow to President Ford's re-election hopes emerged this week when Republican challenger Ronald Reagan defeated the President in the Nebraska primary. The leading Democratic contender for the presidential nomination, Mr. Jimmy Carter also tasted defeat -- from Nebraska Senator Frank Church. After the results, the victors met newsmen. First, Mr. Reagan:
Although Mr. Reagan maintained his new-found momentum to beat Mr. Ford in Nebraska, the President gained consolation with a win over the former Californian governor in the west Virginia primary. However, spokesmen for Mr. Ford refused to comment on the nebraska election defeat, which political observers regarded as serious for Mr. Ford Meanwhile, as Mr. Carter reflected on his own defeat in Nebraska, Senator Church met newsmen.
The emergence of the Senator from Nebraska as a serious contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, has upset Mr. Carter's bandwagon. However, Mr. Carter's comment on defeat was "you can't win them all". He faces the possibility of a stiff fight from Senator Church in primary battles in the north west.