NBC Evening News for Friday, Jun 15, 1979
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(Studio) Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II signing noted as only beginning of ratification process.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Senate majority leader Robert Byrd's refusal to allow radio or TV coverage of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II debate, after coverage of Panama Canal treaty reported Questions facing Senator with regard to Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II listed on screen. Senator John Glenn referred to as "Senator's leading Hamlet." [GLENN - discusses treaty.] [Senator Sam NUNN - comments.] [Senator Edward KENNEDY - says treaty will begin arms reduction.] [-Senator Jake GARN - calls treaty detriment to US security. [Senator Alan CRANSTON - will vote for treaty, but is reserving judgment.] [Senator George McGOVERN - advocates arms control and reduction but doesn't think treaty will accomplish either.] [Senator Howard BAKER - says treaty gives USSR advantage.] Baker's presidential candidate mentioned. [Senators John CULVER, Edward KENNEDY, Gary HART - give neutral comments.] [Senator Henry JACKSON - calls treaty appeasement.] Semantic and ideological battle Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II faces in Senate noted Results of NBC news Survey given.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit