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Reagan / West Germany Visit Controversy #303295

CBS Evening News for Monday, Apr 29, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) President Reagan's continued effort to rationalize scheduled visit honoring West Germany military dead, include SS, examined. [REAGAN - denies visit will ruin economy summit; remains committed to Bitburg visit; thinks trip is "morally right."] [Vice President George BUSH - denies President's abhorrence of Holocaust has lessened; asks for support of him.] His remark away from microphone about controversy transcribed on screen. President noted blaming media for controversy.
REPORTER: Bill Plante

(Helenenberg, West Germany) Helenenberg, West Germany, cemetery, containing graves of German soldiers other than SS, civilians and priests all killed in World War II noted near Bitburg; site's symbolism of reconciliation explained, reviewed. Appropriateness of Helenenberg for Reagan's visit and German government's refusal to alter agenda discussed. [Deputy foreign minister Alois MERTES - claims canceling Bitburg would imply partial condemnation of those buried there.]
REPORTER: John Blackstone

(Studio) House noted scheduled to vote tomorrow on resolution urging President to forego Bitburg stop; similar resolution passed by Senator last week recalled.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Blackstone, John;
Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan

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