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Nicaragua / United States Rebel Aid #101783

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 05, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) President Reagan's argument for increase military aid to anti-government Nicaraguan guerrillas, echoing domino theory, outlined.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) [REAGAN - suggests United States troops may be deployed in area unless his aid request is honored.] His later claim that administration's opponents in Congress are giving aid and support to communists quoted on screen. Communications director Patrick Buchanan, in "Washington Post", quoted on screen charging Democratic party with joining Moscow in promoting communist regime in Central America. Resemblance of White House rhetoric to Joseph McCarthy era noted.

(DC: Charles Gibson) Admin. spokesperson here said repeating President's rhetoric. [Representative Floyd SPENCE - questions accuracy of President's statement] [Defense Secretary Caspar WEINBERGER - responds.] [Representatives Tony COELHO, Mel LEVINE - disagree with Reagan.] For. affairs subcommittee and House Intelligence Committee reported voting against aid to guerrillas.

Donaldson, Sam;
Gibson, Charles;
Jennings, Peter

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