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Canal Treaty Debate #52730

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 22, 1978
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(Studio) End of secret Senator session in debating Canal treaty noted. Senate leaders's comments that nothing changed reported.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(Studio) Secret debate on charges of drug trafficking by Panamanian officials, include General Omar Torrijos, detailed.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Question to Senate Intelligence Committee leaders Goldwater and Bayh of whether any Senators have changed minds about treaty stated. [GOLDWATER and BAYH - say no in unison.] Lack of evidence to connect General Torrijos with drug dealing noted. [BAYH - makes analogy of drug dealing charges with vacuuming house ] [GOLDWATER - knows Latin American countries and that in many places in world it's perfectly all right to do things one would never get away with in US.] ABC News survey of undecided Senators reported. Anti-treaty forces' efforts mentioned, include asking New Hampshire drivers to turn on car headlights.
REPORTER: Don Farmer Artist: Freda Reiter

(Panama Canal Zone) Meeting of Americans in Canal Zone in fund-raising effort to fight treaty outlined; speaker is New Hampshire Governor Meldrim Thomson, Junior 1964 Canal Zone incident when Panamanian students lowered American flag noted; film shown. [THOMSON - recalls Civil War story stressing honor to flag.] Bumper stickers mentioning President Carter noted. Encouragement that Canal Zone residents have gotten by Senate discussion of possible drug dealing by Torrijos regime noted.
REPORTER: Bernard Shaw

Reporter(s):
Farmer, Don;
Reynolds, Frank;
Shaw, Bernard;
Walters, Barbara
Duration:
00:04:30

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