NBC Evening News for Friday, Sep 26, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Importance of 1986 Senate races to Republicans explained.
(DC: Ken Bode) President Reagan's role in Republican campaigns. in bid to retain control of Senate examined; details given, scenes shown. [REAGAN - promotes indiv. cands.] [President aide Mitch DANIELS - describes focus of President's campaign message.] [REAGAN - denies being 6-yr. president] [Senate Robert DOLE - notes difficulty for President if Democrats gain control of Senate] Loss of committee chairs held by Senators Jesse Helms, Richard Lugar, Mark Hatfield to Sam Nunn, Ernest Hollings and William Proxmire if Republican fails mentioned. Possible roles of Senators Edward Kennedy, Strom Thurmond, Joseph Biden noted. [DOLE - acknowledges William Rehnquist nomination would not have occurred under Democrats] [Democratic senate campaign committee chairperson Senate George MITCHELL - explains distancing of some GOP cands. from President] Reagan's efforts in Louisiana cited as example; details given. [REAGAN - supports Louisiana candidate Henson Moore.]