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Decision 1984 / Texas Primary / Debates #537143

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 02, 1984
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(Studio) Upcoming Dallas debate of Democrat cands. in anticipation of that state's primary and caucuses noted.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Dallas, Texas) Role of political debates in United States presidential campaigns. examined; scenes from 1960 John F. Kennedy-Rich, Nixon, 1976 Jimmy Carter-Gerald Ford, 1980 Jimmy Carter-Ronald Reagan and current campaign debates shown. [League of Women Voters president Dorothy RIDINGS - believes debates are now institutionalized in US political system.] [TV consultant Robert SQUIER - explains debates' importance in campaign] [Dartmouth debate, Walter MONDALE and John GLENN - argue point] [Univ. MD communications professor Lawrence LICHTY - fears show business aspect of debate degrading level of rhetoric.] President Reagan's attitude on debates recalled.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Brokaw, Tom;
Mudd, Roger

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