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Special Assignment (Reagan At Midterm, Part IV) #80907

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 27, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) President Reagan's administration at midterm, present state of United States military and controversy over expanding it examined; films shown. [REAGAN - calls for incrd. defense spending.] Rise in defense spending since Reagan took office during his projected term outlined on screen. [Defense Secretary Caspar WEINBERGER - opposes defense cuts.] [Former undersecretary defense Robert KOMER - thinks Reagan and Weinberger misused defense funds and have no sense of overall policy or strategy.] Changes in Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps in past 2 years described; 1980 ABC "News-Washington Post" poll on public's perception of appropriate amount of mil. spending compared on screen with current poll. [Senator Sam NUNN - notes erosion of support for incrd. military spending in Congress led by conservative Republicans] [John CONNALLY - believes national defense is threatened by unbalanced budget.] [REAGAN - acknowledges cost of build-up.] Weinberger's anticipated defense of low defense cuts outlined.
REPORTER: John McWethy

(Studio) [WEINBERGER - discusses problems in reaching agreement on defense budget; notes USSR arms build-up.] Part V announced.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

McWethy, John;
Reynolds, Frank

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