NBC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 29, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(NYC) New York City debate last night featured. [Last night, Walter MONDALE - claims contrast with Hart.] [Gary HART - proposes national public rebuilding program.] [Jesse JACKSON - claims 3 cands. with 2 pts. of view.] [HART, MONDALE, JACKSON - argue issues.] [MONDALE - claims Hart has poor record on city problems.] [HART - accuses Mondale of reneging on pledge not to accept money from PACs.]
REPORTER: Don Oliver
(Studio) Jackson's criticism of runoff laws explained.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(DC) Runoff system's impact on Jackson in 5 states, despite his popular vote, examined; states in question indicated on map. [JACKSON - feels blacks could win congress seats if not for runoff system; believes 2nd primary keeps political plantation system alive.] Cases of runoff losses of Mickey Meshaw in North Carolina, 1982, and Georgia's Maynard Jackson in 1981 cited as exs. Historical roots of runoff system explained. [JACKSON - calls for Democratic party to end runoff process; criticizes Mondale's silence on issue.] [HART - supports Jackson's proposal.] Importance of runoffs to white Democrat southern establishment noted. [Georgia Democrat chairperson Bert LANCE - doubts Georgia will change system anytime soon.] [William BROCK - praises Jackson's concept.] Justice Department reported investigating Jackson's complaint.
REPORTER: Ken Bode
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