CBS Evening News for Friday, Feb 10, 1984
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(Studio) Death of USSR President Yuri Andropov reported; President Reagan said not attending his funeral. Details given.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Moscow, USSR ) Official announcement of Andropov's death and preparations for funeral examined; films shown. Public's apparent response to his death noted; issue of succession considered.
REPORTER: Mark Phillips
(DC) Possibility that Konstantin Chernenko will succeed Andropov noted implied by his heading funeral delegation; Andropov recalled assuming same post after Leonid Brezhnev's death. Chernenko's politburo career reviewed; films shown. Implications should Chernenko assume control outlined on screen, discussed. Probable committee rule, with Chernenko relying heavily on defense minister Dmitri Ustinov and foreign minister Andrei Gromyko noted; implications for politburo members Grigory Romanov and Mikhail Gorbachev considered. Importance of Reagan admin.'s response to Andropov's death for future of United States-USSR relations cited.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin
(Studio) Andropov noted only USSR President since Lenin not to meet with United States leader
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Santa Barbara, California) Reagan's decision to send Vice President George Bush to Andropov's funeral rather than attend himself discussed; President though proposing summit with new USSR leader in upcoming mos. Disagreement between Reagan's foreign policy and political advisers over issue of attending funeral outlined; his absence from Brezhnev's funeral recalled. [Senator Howard BAKER, Paul TSONGAS, John GLENN, Richard NIXON - feel President should attend funeral.] [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - is prepared for constructive relationship with new Soviet leadership]
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl
(Studio) Issue of President Reagan making breakthrough on arms control negotiations in light of Andropov's death discussed; possible role of domestic political considerations on Reagan's stance cited.
REPORTER: Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl