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Defense Budget #518684

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Aug 23, 1981
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(Studio) Concern over President Reagan's ability to fulfill campaign promises of both larger military estb. and healthy economy.
REPORTER: Jane Pauley

(California) President's efforts to cope with both problems examined; OMB director David Stockman reported calling for reduced defense budget. [REAGAN - acknowledges problems.] Role of MX missile controversy in issue considered; positions of Secretary of State Alexander Haig, Reagan and Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger on MX outlined. [Senator John TOWER - comments on land-based proposal.] Presidential aide Edwin Meese mentioned. [Courtesy ABC's "Issues and Answers", HAIG - notes range of President's options.] Pol. consequences of cutting Social Security and Medicaid to meet defense demands cited; arms limitation talks with USSR mentioned.

Bode, Ken;
Pauley, Jane

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