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
REPORTER: John Hart
(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