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Reagan / Weapons Decisions #68521

ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 02, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) President Reagan's decisions on MX missile system, B-1 bombers, stealth bomber, Trident submarines and Trident II missiles reported [REAGAN - explains rationale for decisions.] President said still committed to arms negotiations with USSR . [Defense Secretary Caspar WEINBERGER - denies effort to be militarily superior to USSR .] Reagan noted also denying role of domestic pols. in decision; Jimmy Carter and Senator Paul Laxalt mentioned.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) United States nuclear triad, basis of Reagan's decision, examined; details outlined on screen. Criticism of President's plan cited.
REPORTER: John McWethy

(DC) Opposition to race track system for MX by Senators Paul Laxalt and Jake Garn recalled; their apparent reaction to President's decision noted. [LAXALT - response to inquiry regarding possible role his friendship with Reagan played in the latter's decision on MX system.] [Senator John TOWER - criticizes Reagan's decision.] [Senator Howard BAKER - supports President] [Former Air Force undersecretary Townsend HOOPES - calls decision stupid.] Pol. value of weapons program noted.

(Studio) International reaction to decisions examined.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(Palmdale, California) Rockwell International, expected to be prime contractor on B-1 contract, examined; number losing jobs when Jimmy Carter dropped program and co.'s activities since outlined. [Rockwell vice president Hal RAIKLEN - notes co.'s state of readiness.] Details of company's preparations for program given.
REPORTER: Tom Schell

(Studio) Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

Donaldson, Sam;
Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Reynolds, Frank;
Robinson, Max;
Schell, Tom

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