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Decision 1984 / Debates #533885

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 11, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) Reagan campaign chairperson Paul Laxalt reported blaming White House staff who prepared President Reagan for President's poor debate performance against Walter Mondale Sunday [LAXALT - accuses staff of imposing unfair process on Reagan which "brutalized" him.] Reaction of White House officials quoted. [REAGAN - doesn't blame briefers for his performance.] His train trip through Ohio tomorrow said effort to recreate 1948 campaign of Harry Truman; Representative Thomas O'Neill's release of 1948 speech Reagan gave for Truman quoted. [Voice of REAGAN - accuses Republicans of passing tax bill benefitting the wealthy.] O'Neill's description of Reagan as sounding like Thomas Dewey now and Mondale then quoted.
REPORTER: Chris Wallace

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Tonight's debate between Vice President George Bush and Geraldine Ferraro noted shaded by Bush's press secretary Peter Teeley, in "Wall Street Journal", making insulting remark about Ferraro; his comments quoted. [Ferraro campaign manager John SASSO - considers Teeley's remark in poor taste; calls for Bush to apologize.] Bush's 1980 debate against Reagan recalled. [1980, BUSH - claims Reagan's economy plan will exacerbate federal deficit.] Bush's use of his experience as campaign point in past efforts reviewed through clips of several of his remarks; criticism of his ineffectualness against Reagan during New Hampshire debate outburst recalled. Representative Lynn Martin mentioned acting as Ferraro stand-in for Bush's debate rehearsal. 1908 Sherman-Taft ticket recalled. Issue of Ferraro's national experience considered; attorney Bob Barnett said functioning as Bush stand-in. [In House, FERRARO - calls for passage of ERA.] Her performance in chairing Democratic platform committee , New York City accent, strengths in political style discussed; film clips shown. [FERRARO - is floored by poll indications of UAW (United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America) support for Reagan.] Her performance during marathon press conference on her personal finances recalled.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Brokaw, Tom;
Mudd, Roger;
Wallace, Chris

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