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Special Segment (Born-Again Politics) #512071

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 19, 1980
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Lynchburg, Virginia) Role of "born-again" Christians in current presidential campaign due to support for Ronald Reagan examined; Jerry Falwell, head of Moral Majority and group's position on various issues noted. [FALWELL - comments.] Moral Majority's influence on Republican platform noted. [FALWELL - comments.] Moral Majority's support for Reagan, due to feeling that Jimmy Carter and John Anderson are too liberal, and fins. of org. discussed; "Falwell's Old Time Gospel Hour" mentioned. [PEOPLE - comment.] Other right-wing orgs., include Christian Voice and National Christian Action Coalition, examined. [General cnsl. for Republican national committee , Ben COTTEN - comments on number of votes among groups.] Concern among liberal and moderate Republicans over party being pushed further to right by these orgs. noted. [Senator Mark HATFIELD - comments.]
REPORTER: Mark Nancannon

Chancellor, John;
Nancannon, Mark

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