NBC Evening News for Saturday, May 05, 1984
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(Studio) Jose Napoleon Duarte noted favored to win tomorrow's runoff election in El Salvador against Roberto D'Aubuisson; White House said denying allegations of intervening in Salvadoran election process on behalf of Duarte.
REPORTER: Connie Chung
(DC) President Reagan reported drafting speech on Central America designed to win Congress approval of incrd. aid to region as outlined by Kissinger commission; administration support for Duarte victory cited. Congress opposition to incrd. United States aid recalled based on D'Aubuisson's implied connection with El Salvador's death squads. Admin.'s concern that Salvadoran guerrillas, with Cuban and Soviet backing, will incr. violence in effort to force Reagan's hand before November elecs. considered; Costa Rican border and marine incidents in recent weeks cited as example [US ambassador to Costa Rica Curtis WINSOR - claims United States would intervene militarily if Costa Rica was invaded.] Possibility of Duarte addressing Congress should he win mentioned.
REPORTER: Emery King
(Studio) Guerrilla denouncement of tomorrow's election outlined; latest rebel attack described. Arrival in San Salvador of United States election observers reported, shown.
REPORTER: Connie Chung
(Santa Rosa de Lima, El Salvador) Army's forced abduction of peasant youth to bolster troops described, shown; guerrillas' similar tactics noted. Army's independence from Salvadoran constitution noted.
REPORTER: Mike Boettcher
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