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Reagan / Weapons Decisions #513531

NBC Evening News for Friday, Oct 02, 1981
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(Studio) Implications of President Reagan's decision on B-1 bomber, MX missiles and Trident submarines cited.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) [REAGAN - outlines his objective of program.] Carter administration's proposed MX system recalled; Reagan's plan explained. [Defense Secretary Caspar WEINBERGER - thinks bulk of plan, especially B-1 bomber, will be supported.] Details of overall plan discussed. Dwight Eisenhower mentioned.
REPORTER: George Lewis

(Studio) Pol. aspects of President's decision noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Reagan's friendship with Senator Paul Laxalt, who opposed deployment of MX in NV, noted; photos shown. [Senator John TOWER - thinks President's decision was made in circle of friends.] Apparent reaction of Laxalt and Senator Jake Garn to President's announcement discussed. [TOWER - thinks President's program isn't as capable as that of Carter administration; declines commitment on Laxalt's possible influence on Reagan.] [LAXALT - responds.] [REAGAN - denies that Laxalt exerted undue influence.]
REPORTER: Tom Pettit

(Studio) Cost of President's plan compared to World War II's Marshall Plan.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Lewis, George;
Pettit, Tom

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