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Campaign `80 / Baker, Kennedy #57034

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 01, 1979
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(Studio) Formal declaration of candidacy by Senator Howard Baker for Republican president nomination announced.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) [BAKER - announces candidacy.] Background on Baker given; photos, films shown. Baker's wife, Joy, noted daughter of late Senator Everett Dirksen. Role of Watergate in catapulting Baker to national prominence recalled. [BAKER - questions John Dean.] His keynoting of `76 convention and Joy's alcoholism recalled; films shown. Gerald Ford mentioned. His position on various issues, include Panama Canal treaty, Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II outlined. [BAKER - comments on Carter, Kennedy, Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II, Chappaquiddick.] Baker's efforts to beat Ronald Reagan and John Connally in New Hampshire cited.
REPORTER: Don Farmer

(Studio) Baker said 1st candidate of either party to be officially certified by Federal Elec. Cmsn.; details given. Kennedy for President Committee reported raising enough funds to qualify, though not yet filing claim for matching fed. funds. Kennedy said willing to debate President Carter; interview with Kennedy reported broadcast tonight on "20/20."
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Farmer, Don;
Reynolds, Frank

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