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Reagan's Weapons Decision / Democrats #68743

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Oct 04, 1981
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REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) President Reagan's announcement Friday of weapons program decisions, especially development of MX missiles and B-1 bombers, recalled. [Courtesy ABC's "Issues and Answers", former Defense Secretary Harold BROWN - notes importance of MX and B-1 decisions.] Carter administration's MX proposals recalled, outlined on screen, compared to Reagan's plan. [Courtesy NBC's "Meet the Press", Senator John TOWER - criticizes President's plan.] [Courtesy CBS' "Face the Nation", Defense Secretary Caspar WEINBERGER - defends Reagan's decision.] [TOWER - considers decision going against advice of experts.] Tower and Joint Chiefs of Staff noted beginning hearings on issue tomorrow.
REPORTER: John McWethy

(Canaan State Park, West Virginia) Senate Democrats, meeting at Canaan Valley State Park, West Virginia, noted getting sense of unity from controversy over President's weapons decisions. [Senator Robert BYRD - thinks Stealth development will be put off.] [Senator John GLENN - comments on financial aspect of B-1 idea.] [Senators Russell LONG, Howard METZENBAUM - believe wkend. has been valuable.]
REPORTER: Joe Benton

Benton, Joe;
Donaldson, Sam;
McWethy, John

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