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Canal Treaty / Panama Vote / Senate #46255

ABC Evening News for Monday, Oct 24, 1977
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(Studio) Panamanians cast ballots on Canal treaty on Sunday; most votes have been counted.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(Panama) Report on voting results. There is 2-1 margin for treaty so far. In Canal Zone, Americans quietly celebrate Veterans' Day, as vote count conts. General Omar Torrijos entertains for visiting North and South American college presidents and deans who came to Panama to witness voting process. Group agrees that voting was generally open and honest. Torrijos sends message to United States Senator, to listen to voice of Latin American
REPORTER: Geraldo Rivera

(DC) Senate vote won't be made on basis of panamanians' vote, but on what Senators believe constituents want; most Senators think Americans have serious questions with regard to treaty. [Henry JACKSON - says questions will have to be answered, as it's matter of United States national security.] [Robert DOLE - thinks admin. will have to educate people with regard to treaty and that it will have to be flexible, especially in clarifying treaty language.] Senate leaders Robert Byrd and Howard Baker will be crucial to outcome; so far, neither has indicated how he'll vote. Baker is asked his stand everywhere he goes, incl. Republican women's meeting in Atlanta. [BAKER - has decided not to decide, because if he did it now, as Republican leader of Senator, it would make mockery of constitutional process.] Baker reports his mail runs 30-I against treaty; this seems to be political mood in United States now.
REPORTER: Don Farmer

Farmer, Don;
Rivera, Geraldo;
Walters, Barbara

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