The United States Republican party opened its presidential nominating convention on Monday (16 August) with patriotic songs and poetry reading.
SV, GV Flag bearers marching into hall with state flags (4 shots)
GV Delegates cheering
SV Mrs. Reagan and son waving to delegates
GV, SV Mrs. Ford and family waving to delegates
CU Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller
ROCKEFELLER: "Gerry Ford took the Presidency in the worst constitutional crisis this country had since the civil war. (APPLAUSE) By, by calm, deliberate and open actions and by sheer guts, he kept this nation from being torn apart at the seams. (APPLAUSE) And if it took a football player who played centre without a helmet to pull us though, I say thank God we had him to lead the team. (APPLAUSE)
Senator James Buckley announced on Monday (16 August) that he would not be a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. His withdrawal means that it will be a straight fight between President Ford and Mr. Reagan. The new York Senator told a news conference he would support the man chosen by the convention to oppose Jimmy Carter. the Democratic candidate, in the November election.
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Background: The United States Republican party opened its presidential nominating convention on Monday (16 August) with patriotic songs and poetry reading. But the opening celebrations were only a prelude to the tough battle that will take place before the Republicans finally choose their candidate on Wednesday (18 August).
SYNOPSIS: There was all the colourful pageantry on the convention's first day that has become associated with American political activities. But away from the conference hall, the two Republican contestants - Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan - were meeting state delegates in their search for the last few votes that could ensure their presidential nomination. Mr. Reagan and Mr. Ford kept away from the opening day but their families were there. They heard Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller give his support to Gerald Ford.