NBC Evening News for Monday, Sep 15, 1980
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(Studio) League of Women Voters president debates reported beginning this Sunday with Ronald Reagan and John Anderson; Jimmy Carter's refusal to participate recalled.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(No location given) 1860 debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, 1960 debates with John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, 1976 debates between Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford recalled; details given, photos, films shown. [KENNEDY - debates.] [NIXON - recalls debates.] [PANEL - attacks Ford.] [FORD - responds.] [Prof Lloyd BITZER - discusses past debates.] Classic debate form compared to modern version. [Iowa "Daily Press" Association spokesperson Walter STEVENS - comments.] New Hampshire forum recalled. [Ronald REAGAN and Jon BREEN - exchange comments.] ["Nashua Telegraph" spokesperson BREEN - recalls event.] Ending of New Hampshire forum recalled. [League of Women Voters president Ruth HINERFELD - comments on Carter's absence next Sunday] Significance of television coverage in `60 and `76 debates noted
REPORTER: Fred Briggs