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Reagan / Weapons Decision #273907

CBS Evening News for Friday, Oct 02, 1981
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(Studio) President Reagan's announcement of defense weapons program quoted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Defense Department films shown; details of President's decisions on MX missile system, B-1 and Stealth development and Trident submarine outlined on screen, discussed. [REAGAN - defs. his plans for weapons development]
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Questions raised by President's decisions outlined. [Senators Paul LAXALT, Jake GARN - deny that decision was influenced by their friendship with President] [Representative Dan GLICKMAN - thinks Garn and Laxalt did influence Reagan's decision.] [Senator John TOWER - wonders if present program is as capable as that proposed by Jimmy Carter.] [Senator Howard BAKER - praises President's program.] Anticipated reaction of Congress to MX and B-1 proposals considered.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

(DC) [TOWER - expresses disappointment in President's program.] Reagan's campaign theme with regard to US-USSR missile capability recalled. [Former Defense Secretary Harold BROWN - doesn't think President's proposal reduces "window of vulnerability."] [Senator John DANFORTH - considers Reagan's announcement reflects his lack of decision.] Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger's statement regarding "hardening" of missile silos explained; criticism of that concept noted. Apparent political implications of Reagan's statement today outlined; Jimmy Carter mentioned.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer (KOLD-TV newstape)

(Studio) Tass reaction to President's defense package quoted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Jones, Phil;
Rather, Dan;
Stahl, Lesley

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