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Nuclear Freeze Debate #523059

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Apr 17, 1982
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(Studio) Item with regard to nuclear freeze and impact on Washington, DC introduced

(DC) New England town meeting and California referendum shown. Move said ignored in DC until recently. Now debates noted proliferating. [Senator Edward KENNEDY - endorses freeze idea.] [Senator Mark HATFIELD - says this is time for freeze.] [President REAGAN - argues against freeze, as USSR has definite margin of superiority. Says United States in no position to argue for USSR cutback if United States is behind.] [Representative Edward MARKEY - says President should not demean US defenses.] [KENNEDY - calls Reagan plan "voodoo arms control."] Arguments with regard to first-use of bomb noted. File scenes shown of NATO maneuvers. [Robert McNAMARA - argues against first use by NATO.] [Alexander HAIG - says those who advocate adoption of no-first-use, seldom propose huge conventional weapons build-up.] [McGeorge BUNDY - discounts cost of conventional build-up. Says it's political choice.]
REPORTER: Bob Abernethy

Abernethy, Bob;
Hart, John

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