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Canal Treaty Debate #52912

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 09, 1978
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(Studio) Continuing debate on Canal treaty in Senate noted. Question that Senators must answer for selves in next weeks, with regard to voting own convictions or those of constituents, cited. One Senator's telephone call to President Carter and own answer to this question reported Film shown. [Senator Edward ZORINSKY - would like to support Carter, but if 65-80% of constituents oppose treaty, will have to reflect their will.]
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Report on 2nd day of Senator debate on treaty. Senators Robert Byrd and Howard Baker noted as leaders of pro-treaty forces. Potential political fates of Senators voting for treaty detailed. Audio tape of debate played. [Senator William Lloyd SCOTT - believes Americans overwhelmingly against treaty and that this will show in makeup of Senator after next election.] [BAKER - calls issue killer; says it can devour Senator or he can survive it, but not profit.] [BYRD - talks of amount of mail and effect on decision.] Senator Dennis DeConcini's indecision on treaty noted. Has been learned that opponents Plan to make available to Senator former Panamanian intelligence agent to give information with regard to illegal activity by officials of Panama, include charge that Cuban agents in United States on Panamanian PassPorts.
REPORTER: Don Farmer Artist: Freda Reiter

Farmer, Don;
Reynolds, Frank

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