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State of Union Address #80849

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 25, 1983
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(Studio) President Reagan's State of Union address tonight discussed.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Recent polls noted reflecting lowered public confidence in Reagan's ability. [REAGAN - dismisses polls.] Issues thought to be discussed in State of Union address outlined on screen, examined. [Senator Howard BAKER, Representative Robert MICHEL - praise Reagan's flexibility.] Anticipated budget deficit in 1983 and probable course of defense and soc. spending considered.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) Demonstration here protesting actual state of the Union as perceived by nation's poor examined; films shown. [Roosevelt JONES - notes plight of homeless.] [POLICE - warn protesters to vacate Capitol rotunda.] Democratic national committee program to counter Reagan's speech discussed. [Committee spokesperson Charles MANATT - notes philosophical differences between Republicans and Democrats] Possibility of Democrat opposition to Social Security financing compromise already agreed to by both Reagan and Representative Thomas O'Neill considered; Senator Robert Byrd and Representative Jim Wright noted objecting to delaying Social Security benefit increases Details given.

(Studio) Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Donaldson, Sam;
Hume, Brit;
Reynolds, Frank

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