ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 01, 1978
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(Studio) Recent divisions in United States with regard to fighting in S.E. Asia noted. Present foreign policy disagreement cited as Canal treaty; President Carter's speech in support of ratification, to be given tonight, mentioned, as well as coverage of speech and special report on it.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) Differences in reaction to Carter's fireside and Oval Office speeches of 1977 and resultant debate among advisers with regard to which method should be used for Canal treaty speech noted. Films of other speeches shown; subject of energy crisis mentioned. Differing views of media adviser Barry Jagoda, chief speech writer James Fallows and ad man Jerry Rafshoon given. "Washington "("DC) Post" mentioned. Description of plans for tonight's fireside chat stated; Jody Powell's remarks on what Carter will say noted. Time problem in coverage by networks cited; live coverage by ABC, NBC and PBS, and delayed broadcast by CBS reported.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(DC) Report on head counts in Senate with regard to votes on treaty ratification, according to Democratic leadership and to conservative, anti-treaty groups. Efforts by both pro& anti-treaty groups to gain support outlined. Degree of negative mail to Senators from constituents noted. Undecided Senators include Heinz, Nunn, Danforth and DeConcini; Ronald Reagan's participation in treaty opposition move noted.
REPORTER: Don Farmer
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