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Reagan / News Conference #80763

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 20, 1983
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(Studio) President Reagan's praise of administration's progress at midterm reported coming during unscheduled news conference
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(DC) [REAGAN - is pleased with accomplishments.] For. policy issues confronted by administration outlined on screen. [Chief of Staff James BAKER - notes inability to balance budget.] [Interior Secretary James WATT - comments on "Reagan being Reagan."] [REAGAN - calls for continuing battle.] Importance of Reagan's self-congratulations noted.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) [Representative Thomas O'NEILL, James WRIGHT, Senator Alan CRANSTON, Senator Howard METZENBAUM - react to president's self-rating.] Implications of growing disaffection of Republican rights towards Reagan noted.

(Studio) ["Conservative Digest" publisher Richard VIGUERIE - criticizes president's move towards the left; praises James Watt, criticizes appointed of Margaret Heckler to cabinet; outlines recommendations for Reagan; mentions John F. Kennedy.]
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(Studio) Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

Donaldson, Sam;
Hume, Brit;
Robinson, Max;
Koppel, Ted

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