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Handsacrossamerica #309919

CBS Evening News for Friday, May 23, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(DC: Lesley Stahl) President Reagan's decision to participate in HandsAcrossAmerica after initial refusal to do so and criticism of his latest remark on hunger in United States examined; details given, scenes shown. [Maureen REAGAN - describes her's and Nancy Reagan's role in convincing father to participate.] [Democrat pollster Peter HART -notes President's consistent low ratings in area of compassion; thinks his participation in Sunday event is aimed at improving his public image.] White House photos shown. Details of White House role in HandsAcrossAmerica outlined on screen. [Org. Fred DROZ - welcomes President and family in event.]

(NYC: Bruce Morton) Status of HandsAcrossAmerica organization for Sunday event examined; scenes shown. [Sheriff Claude LANE - questions Childress Cnty., Texas, turnout.] Event's goals discussed. [United Way of America spokesperson Robert BEGGAN - hopes vols. will be encouraged.] [HandsAcrossAmerica organization Ken KRAGEN - agrees.]

Morton, Bruce;
Rather, Dan;
Stahl, Lesley

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