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Campaign 1984 / Reagan, Ferraro, Mondale, Religion and Republicans #298894

CBS Evening News for Saturday, Aug 25, 1984
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(Studio) President Reagan's commitment to reelec. campaign thought illustrated by number days remaining in his presidency scheduled for campaign activities; his criticism of Democrat economy policies, in weekly paid political radio broadcast, outlined.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Montgomery, Alabama) Geraldine Ferraro's campaign appearances with black leaders in Alabama featured; Mayor Andrew Young's recent criticism of Walter Mondale's campaign staff and general disgruntlement among blacks with Mondale recalled. [YOUNG - acknowledges frustration; feels Ferraro's appearance here has helped.] Belief that Young's criticism had improved atmosphere, especially with supporters of Jesse Jackson noted. [Mayor Richard ARRINGTON - feels blacks' concern over second Reagan term in light of number of Supreme Court appts. probably is helping Mondale.] [FERRARO - criticizes Reagan's claim that nation is better off as a whole now.] Her later meeting with Governor George Wallace mentioned, shown. [Lieutenant Governor Bill BAXLEY - attacks Vice President George Bush.] [FERRARO - asks for Alabama support for Mondale-Ferraro ticket.] (Poor audio throughout.)
REPORTER: Eric Engberg

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Saint Paul, Minnesota) Mondale's meeting with Democrat govs. in Saint Paul today featured; films shown. [MONDALE - criticizes Reagan's reference to nuclear freeze proponents as jackasses and his jokes about nuclear war.] No. Democrat govs. and voting patterns of their states in 1980 mentioned. [Governor Michael DUKAKIS - claims Republicans don't believe polls indicating President's ahead; explains.] Gov's. call for Mondale to improve his public personality noted. [Governor Harry HUGHES - advises Mondale to let his hair down.] Mondale mentioned meeting next week with black leaders, include Jackson and Young.
REPORTER: Peter Van Sant

(Studio) Controversy over growing infusion of pols. with religion and vice versa cited.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Dallas, Texas) [At church service, Jerry FALWELL - praises Reagan.] Extent of evangelical Christianity at Republican convention reviewed. [At conv., Reverend James ROBISON - le-ads prayer of support for Reagan.] Republican platform's inclusion of fundamentalist religious planks mentioned; Pro-Reagan television commercials sponsored by evangelical groups shown, discussed. [At prayer breakfast, REAGAN - believes religion and pols. are linked.] [Senator Lowell WEICKER - fears such infusion of religion in pols. is bound to backfire.] [FALWELL - claims Judeo-Christian philosophy prevails in Republican party] [University of Chicago professor Martin MARTY - thinks current trend is toward coercion rather than persuasion by religious leaders] [FALWELL - anticipates "sleeping giant" of conservative "religious" Americans] [MARTY - believes fundamentalists will remain in public eye, but not run the cntry.] Apparent drive, focused at present in Republican party, to have government legislate nation's morals and ethics considered.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton

Reporter(s):
Engberg, Eric;
Morton, Bruce;
Van Sant, Peter;
Schieffer, Bob
Duration:
00:07:50

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