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(Studio) Konstantin Chernenko reported named Yuri Andropov's successor; his general personal and political background summarized.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Moscow, USSR ) Implications for US-USSR relations of Chernenko's appointed noted underscored by his remarks to Central Committee; details outlined on screen. Mikhail Gorbachev mentioned Chernenko's closest rival. Arrival here of Vice President George Bush shown. [BUSH - explains symbolism of his presence at funeral.] [PEOPLE - (thru translator) offer different perspectives of Chernenko's appointed] Chernenko's role in Communist party considered.
REPORTER: Mark Phillips
(DC) President Reagan's condolence call at USSR embassy here noted, shown. Admin.'s formal and unofficial response to Chernenko's appointed outlined on screen, discussed; United States interpretation of Chernenko's acceptance speech considered. Chernenko's personal attributes described.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin
- McLaughlin, Bill;
- Phillips, Mark;
- Rather, Dan
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