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Canal Treaty Debate #53377

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 11, 1978
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(Studio) Problems facing 2nd part of Canal treaty in upcoming Senate vote, due to DeConcini amendment, reported Details given of Senator Dennis DeConcini's amendment giving United States military rights to keep Canal open and of Panama's objections and President Carter's dilemma. Senator Edward Brooke's reluctant support of 1st part of treaty and request today for clarification of President's stand on DeConcini amendment reported Film shown. [BROOKE - thinks administration trying to appease both sides and notes this is very difficult. Is voting on 2nd section of treaty today, would vote against it. Has made vote for treaty conditional on certain reservations and has told administration and treaty proponents of this. Thinks own and others' votes in jeopardy if these reservations not accepted. States reasons he believes Carter has handled Canal treaty situation poorly.]
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) Is noted that vote on 2nd section hinges on votes of Brooke, DeConcini and Paul Hatfield. Results of ABC News poll of Senators' positions given. [Senator Howard BAKER - says it's up to DeConcini, whether or not Senator is flexible in position on reservation. Personally doesn't favor weakening amendment.] DeConcini's stated certainty that he'll not weaken stand on treaty reservation and his uncertainty as to how he became center of controversy outlined. [DeCONCINI - considers situation blown out of proportion and feels that if it conts. that perhaps there's misunderstanding between United States and Panama. Wants United States military rights in Canal defense made clear.] DeConcini's meeting with President Carter prior to last treaty vote and similar meeting on Wednesday mentioned.
REPORTER: Don Farmer

Farmer, Don;
Walters, Barbara

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