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USSR / Chernenko Death #302316

CBS Evening News for Monday, Mar 11, 1985
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(Studio) Death of USSR President Konstantin Chernenko reported.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Moscow, USSR ) Formal announcement of Chernenko's death and significance of Mikhail Gorbachev's succession discussed; films shown. Chernenko's deteriorating health, illustrated throughout past year beginning with Yuri Andropov's funeral, reviewed. [MAN - liked Andropov better.]
REPORTER: Mark Phillips

(Studio) Gorbachev's first official speech today, include references to arms race, United States Star Wars program, outlined on screen.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(NYC) Gorbachev's political strengths reviewed; his successful visit last year to England cited as example [December 17, 1984, Prime Min. Margaret THATCHER - likes Gorbachev.] [Journalist Helene Carrere D'ENCAUSSE - notes Gorbachev is first USSR leader born after revolution.] His rise to power through association with Andropov and Leonid Brezhnev discussed. [Businessman John CHRYSTAL - thinks Gorbachev will place economic gains ahead of pols.] [Columbia Univ. spokesperson Seweryn BIALER - anticipates rapid change in USSR .]
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin

(Studio) President Reagan reported deciding against attending Chernenko's funeral; details given.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Reagan's formal visit today to USSR embassy here mentioned, shown. [REAGAN - explains not attending funeral.] Vice President George Bush and Secretary of State George Shultz reported heading United States delegation. [SHULTZ - agrees with President's decision.] [Representative Dante FASCELL - thinks Reagan should go.] Findings of President's recent physical exam outline.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

(Studio) US-USSR arms talks in Geneva said apparently unaffected by Chernenko's death; United States negotiator Max Kampelman's offer to delay start noted. Details given, films shown.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

McLaughlin, Bill;
Phillips, Mark;
Rather, Dan;
Stahl, Lesley

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