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Watt Controversy #81482

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 05, 1983
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(Studio) Continue call for ouster of Interior Secretary James Watt despite President Reagan's recent efforts to dismiss matter noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Amendment by Senator Robert Byrd calling for Watt's ouster thought probably passing due to Republican support; implications for administration considered. Senator Howard Baker's successful efforts in avoiding Senate vote on amendment so far noted. [BYRD - feels issue won't die until Watt leaves.] Republicans such as Senator Slade Gorton said renewing their appeal for Watt's departure. [GORTON - believes Watt, having outlived his usefulness, is harming President Reagan.] Watt mentioned discussing Byrd amendment this morning with President aide Edwin Meese; President `s continued defense of Watt quoted on screen.
REPORTER: Brit Hume Artist: Freda Reiter

Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter

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