ABC Evening News for Monday, Sep 28, 1987
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Introduction Peter Jennings (New York City)
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Denver, Colorado: Richard Threlkeld) Representative Patricia Schroeder's decision not to seek 1988 Democrat president nomination reported; details given, scenes shown. Edmund Muskie mentioned. [SCHROEDER - explains decision.] Personal, economy and political factors underlying decision considered. [SCHROEDER - feels it's too late to effectively enter race.] [Analyst William SCHNEIDER - thinks nominating woman for president is risky.] [National Women's Pol. Caucus spokesperson Irene NATIVIDAD - is disappointed.] [SCHROEDER - praises her supporters.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Schroeder's denial that her decision not to run implies a woman can't be president in United States reported
(NYC: Rebecca Chase) campaigns. of Shirley Chisholm, Geraldine Ferraro reviewed. [FERRARO - denies her candidacy is symbolic.] Results of both campaigns. and implications for women considered. ABC News-"Washington Post" poll indicating voters cast ballot by gender outlined on screen. [FERRARO - notes reality of such sexism.] Demographic group most opposed to woman as president cited. [WOMAN - wouldn't ever vote for woman as president] S.'s similar attitude noted. [Pollster Linda DIVALL - points out reality of South's role in choosing president] Poll indicating country's sexist stereotyping of men and women outlined. [MAN - doesn't think women can handle pressure like a man.] John Kennedy's victory despite 1960polls indicating nation's opposition to Catholic as president reviewed; file footage shown. [Consultant David SAWYER - thinks woman can be elected.] [Ronald REAGAN - takes oath of office]