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Reagan / Conservatives / US-USSR Relations #107259

ABC Evening News for Friday, Dec 04, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) Opposition to President Reagan from his former conservative supporters reported [American Conservative Union spokesperson Dan CASEY - borrows William Buckley's phrase to tell Reagan to stop.] Reagan's criticism of conservatives' lack of understanding of US-USSR missile treaty during his pre-summit interview recalled. [REAGAN - says people accept inevitability of war between United States and USSR .] Response of conservative activists noted. [Conservative Victory Committee spokesperson Brent BOZELL -says President insulted conservative movement] [Conservative activist Richard VIGUERIE - says Reagan now aligned with liberals, Democrats and Sovs.] [Conservative Caucus spokesperson Howard PHILLIPS - calls Reagan "useful idiot" for Sovs.] Mtg. of Reagan and Congress leaders on subject of treaty noted. Heated exchange between Reagan and Senator Robert Dole quoted on screen; Dole's letter mentioned. [Senator Malcolm WALLOP - calls Reagan's remark unfortunate.] [Senator Larry PRESSLER - calls Reagan's statement phenomenal.] Support for Reagan noted. [Senator Alan CRANSTON - backs President] Reagan's pols. during presidency noted.

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter

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