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Campaign `80 / Kennedy Challenge / Reagan #65524

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 15, 1980
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(Studio) (Continued audio interference.) Ed Kennedy's renewed challenge to President Carter for debate noted include pledge to withdraw from campaign if he loses June primaries; details given.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Los Angeles, California) Kennedy's move said a gimmick; details given. [KENNEDY - campaigns.] Idea to link debate to withdrawal said Kennedy's personal proposal. [KENNEDY - challenges Carter to debate and promises to withdraw if loses following primaries.] Boost to Kennedy by proposal considered.
REPORTER: Catherine Mackin

(DC) President's response to Kennedy's challenge noted. [REPORTER - asks Carter if he'll debate Kennedy.] [Pollster Pat CADDELL - refuses comment.] Official White House statement quoted on screen. [Press Secretary Jody POWELL - comments on issue.] White House reticence to respond said effort to avoid offending Kennedy; details given.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Kennedy's response to Carter's rejection of challenge outlined.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) Ronald Reagan, campaigning. in Detroit, quoted with regard to auto industry's problems; films shown
REPORTER: Max Robinson

Donaldson, Sam;
Mackin, Catherine;
Reynolds, Frank;
Robinson, Max

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