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Campaign 1984 / Iowa Caucuses / Reagan #295480

CBS Evening News for Monday, Feb 20, 1984
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(Studio) Iowa Democrat caucuses noted beginning tonight; president Reagan mentioned arriving here today as well.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Des Moines, Iowa) Outlook here for Walter Mondale, John Glenn, Alan Cranston, Gary Hart, George McGovern, Reubin Askew, Jesse Jackson and Ernest Hollings considered; films shown. [MONDALE - claims he'll beat Reagan.] Role of images in Iowa caucuses and upcoming New Hampshire primary noted. [MONDALE, GLENN, McGOVERN - campaign] Impact on Mondale of Democratic party rules changes explained.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Des Moines, Iowa) Reagan's campaign appearances in Iowa today, as "Des Moines Register" public opinion poll indicates drop in his performance rating, examined. [REAGAN - criticizes Democrat cands.] Amt. of campaign time and funds spent in Iowa by Democrat cands. compared to that of president; Reagan recalled losing Iowa caucus to George Bush in 1980. [Secretary state Mary Jane ODELL - concedes Reagan's presence is brilliant political move.] [Reagan campaign spokesperson Augusta PETRONE - notes President's popularity.] [REAGAN - defs. economic policy.] Issue of depressed farm economy here discussed. [Rural America spokesperson Dan LEVITAS - notes potential political strength of farmers.] [Farmer Connie KEUG - anticipates many leaving Republican party for Democrat] [Farmer Glen BLACK - agrees.] Reagan's career with radio station recalled; scenes shown.
REPORTER: Bill Plante

(Studio) Role of Iowa and New Hampshire in United States pols. examined; films shown. Importance of both states to Democrat cands. despite fact that neither Iowa nor New Hampshire are representative of Democratic party discussed. [American Enterprise Institution spokesperson Austin RANNEY - notes percentage of black voters in overall election compared to number in Iowa and New Hampshire.] Black population in US, New Hampshire and Iowa illustrated on map; similar disparity in states' official poverty level as well noted. [RANNEY - cites lack of heavy ind. or major urban areas with large ethnic populations in either state.] [Russell Sage Fndn. spokesperson Byron SHAFER - agrees.] Republican traditions of both Iowa and New Hampshire described; Lyndon Johnson said last Democrat President supported by either.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Morton, Bruce;
Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan

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