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Canal Treaty Debate / Torrijos Family and Drug Traffic Charges / Nunn #52702

ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 20, 1978
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(Studio) Upcoming closed Senator session to discuss papers allegedly giving evidence of involvement of brother of Panama's Omar Torrijos in drug trafficking reported Film shown. No. of remaining undecided senators noted; report with regard to dilemma facing Sam Nunn, who's up for reelection this year
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) Anti-treaty campaign in Georgia, aimed at Nunn, described, include efforts by Lofton Phillips and others, among them state legislature [MAN - cites opposition to treaty; says if United States doesn't stand in Panama, it will be at Rio Grande or Mississippi River] [NUNN - thinks President Carter is taking great gamble with treaty; cites reasons. States views on administration description of economy package] Anti-treaty group s meeting with Nunn, in front of television cameras, detailed. [Anti-treaty organizer Doyle PAYNE - states opposition to treaty.] Announcement by Senator Hodges of support for treaty, despite opposition of most people in home state of Arkansas, noted. Request of some Republican senators to Senator Howard Baker to step down till after vote reported.
REPORTER: Don Farmer

Farmer, Don;
Walters, Barbara

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