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Decision 1984 / Mondale, Reagan, Ferraro #538830

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Aug 25, 1984
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(Studio) Walter Mondale reported responding to President's use of Sam Rayburn quote recalled.
REPORTER: Connie Chung

(Saint Paul, Minnesota) Mondale's meeting with Democrat govs. here featured; films shown. [MONDALE - attacks Reagan's joke about bombing USSR and reference to nuclear freeze leaders as jackasses.] Governor Harry Hughes said suggesting Mondale change his public image. [MONDALE - feels campaign is based on issues, not contest between ad agencies.] Importance of media appearance for pols. considered.
REPORTER: Steve Delaney

(Studio) Mondale, attempting to appease black leaders, said meeting with Jesse Jackson and others next week Geraldine Ferraro's south campaign noted.
REPORTER: Connie Chung

(Montgomery, Alabama) Ferraro's appearance here, include meeting with Governor George Wallace examined; films shown. Implications of her meeting with states leading black org., Alabama Democrat Conf., cited. [FERRARO - promises to halt some budget cuts.] Conf.'s importance to Mondale in primaries over Jackson recalled. [Mayor Richard ARRINGTON - claims black Americans will vote in record numbers] Criticism of Mondale campaign by conference chairperson Joe Reed, Arrington and others mentioned. [OFFICIAL - feels Mondale's "palace guard" is crumbling; is optimistic.] [FERRARO - isn't aware of such problems.] [April 17, Mayor Andrew YOUNG - claims Mondale staff are "smart-assed white boys who know it all" and won't listen to him.] Mondale mentioned inviting several black leaders, include Young and Jesse Jackson, to meet with him next week; Young and Ferraro's meeting today cited. [YOUNG - feels his previous frustration is overshadowed by what he perceives as pending disaster in Reagan camp.] Source of Democrat strategists' concern over black support explained.

(Studio) Reagan's criticism of Democratic party's stance on budget deficits outlined.
REPORTER: Connie Chung

Chung, Connie;
Delaney, Steve;
Kur, Bob

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