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Campaign `80 / Debates / Religion and Politics #67704

ABC Evening News for Friday, Sep 26, 1980
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(Studio) White House Press Secretary Jody Powell's criticism of Ronald Reagan re: debate issue quoted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) Fundamentalist orgs. said playing key role in South Dakota Senate race.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota) Role of right-wing fundamentalists in campaign against George McGovern, challenged by independent Wayne Peterson and Representative James Abdnor, examined; details outlined on screen. [McGOVERN - comments.] Orgs. working to defeat McGovern in recent mos. listed on screen, ads used against him shown. [McGOVERN - notes it's the dirtiest campaign he's experienced.] Abdnor quoted with regard to being encouraged to run against McGovern by National Conservative Pol. Action Committee [ABDNOR - campaigns.] His alleged attitude towards group now mentioned. [ABDNOR - pleads ignorance.] Gerald Ford, campaign for Abdnor, said agreeing with McGovern with regard to debates; details given. [FORD - comments.] Further harm done to Abdnor's campaign by Governor William Janklow's remarks about McGovern's war experience noted. [JANKLOW - campaigns. for Abdnor.] Role of right-wing orgs. in election's outcome discussed.
REPORTER: Catherine Mackin (KXON film/tape)

Jarriel, Tom;
Mackin, Catherine;
Reynolds, Frank

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