ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 20, 1972
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(Studio) President Nixon makes annual State of the Union Address, in accordance with Article 2 of the Constitution, also setting stage for re-election.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) [NIXON - acknowledges rivals for President in humorous vein, calls for candidates to transcend partisanship on nation's vital issues.] In foreign affairs, Nixon endorses limited involvement, summitry in Peking and Moscow, accelerated defense spending. On domestic front, Nixon cites fewer riots as evidence national climate improved, concedes difficulty of inflation, unemployment. Calls for national sales tax, to relieve property tax, for school support. Asks Congress to act on previously requested legislation: welfare reform, revenue sharing, health care, environmental
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel
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