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Nicaragua / Reagan Speech #101455

ABC Evening News for Monday, Mar 17, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Apparent failure of President Reagan's speech on Nicaraguan guerrillas last night to sway public opinion said illustrated by results of ABC News poll; details outlined on screen, discussed.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) Contd. public relations campaign by conservative orgs. to win incrd. military aid for anti-government Nicaraguan guerrillas examined. [Senator Jesse HELMS - claims President's right, critics are wrong.] Press spokesperson Larry Speakes' analysis of public reaction to President's speech outlined. [Representative Sid MORRISON - describes pressure from pro-aid groups.] [Representative David BONIOR - sees parallels with Vietnam.] Capitol Hill lobbying by administration officials such as Secretary of State George Shultz mentioned. [Representative Thomas O'NEILL - claims Latin American leaders oppose Reagan's policy.] [Envoy Philip HABIB - disagrees.] [REAGAN - reacts to President Dan. Ortega's criticism of him.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Charles Gibson) Upcoming House vote on President's aid request discussed; Representative Tom Foley quoted.

Donaldson, Sam;
Gibson, Charles;
Jennings, Peter

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