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Reagan / Central American Policy and Pope #543018

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 17, 1985
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(Studio) President Reagan reported claiming papal support for his Central American policy in effort to get Congress approval of funding for anti-government Nicaraguan guerrillas; details given.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) Indications of President's difficulty with Congress over guerrilla funding examined; his mistaken use of Pope cited as example [REAGAN - (temporary loss of audio.)] Vatican statement contradicting Reagan's claims of papal endorsement quoted on screen. [Archbishop James HICKEY - notes Pope John Paul II opposes war or military solution.] Report leaked to Congress noted claiming Reagan's desire to double size of guerrilla force. [Senator John KERRY - notes similarity with Vietnam war experience.] Representative Thomas O'Neill mentioned moving up to next week. [Representative Roy DYSON - thinks Reagan is willing to compromise.] [National security adviser Robert McFARLANE - (comments unintelligible).]
REPORTER: Chris Wallace

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) Status of Reagan's proposal in Senate discussed; Senator Robert Dole's assessment of situation outlined. Details of possible compromise explained, discussed.
REPORTER: John Dancy

Brokaw, Tom;
Dancy, John;
Wallace, Chris

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