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School Prayer / Reagan Campaign, Senate Debate #536323

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 06, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Columbus, Ohio) President Reagan's appearance before National Association of Evangelicals featured; films shown. [REAGAN - quotes pledge of allegiance.] His reference to USSR as "evil empire" to same convention last year recalled. [REAGAN - will pray for USSR leaders] President's courting of religious groups in bid for blue collar ethnic votes described; his support for tuition tax credits, naming of ambassador to Vatican and anti-abortion stance mentioned. [Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs spokesperson Dr. Charles ADAMS - feels Reagan's religious rhetoric is ploy; resents President identifying his position with God.] [Jerry FALWELL - claims Americans expect their President to be spiritual.] Reagan's immediate schedule for appearances before other religious groups and possible emotionalism of issue in 1984 campaign due to both Gary Hart and Walter Mondale opposing prayer in schools noted.
REPORTER: Chris Wallace

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) Opening of Senator debate on school prayer noted; Senator John Danforth, also an Episcopal priest, said urging colleagues to ease up on rhetoric. [DANFORTH - thinks debate is on Constitution, not God.] Lobbying efforts of pro-prayer forces and television preachers noted; scenes from "The 700 Club" with Pat Robertson shown courtesy Christian Bdcsting. Network (CBN). No. pro-prayer calls recd. daily by Senator Lloyd Bentsen mentioned. [Senator Jeff BINGAMAN - criticizes Republican role in issue.]
REPORTER: John Dancy

(Studio) Senator Howard Baker's reaction to prayer supporters' threat to filibuster until June noted.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

Reporter(s):
Brokaw, Tom;
Dancy, John;
Wallace, Chris
Duration:
00:03:50

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