ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 20, 1983
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(Studio) Mtg. between presidential candidate Jesse Jackson and Democratic party national chairperson Charles Manatt in Washington, DC today reported.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(DC) Jackson's campaign said more than Democratic party leaders had thought it would be in fight against Republicans. [JACKSON - says Mondale-Kennedy-labor forces are stacked. Hopes dispute will be settled before Democratic convention.] Primary objection cited with regard to rule on percentage of votes per candidate to get delegates to convention [JACKSON - will ask all candidates to take stand on issue.] Jackson's intent to pressure Walter Mondale and labor to support change in rule, and Manatt's response to Jackson's comments, reported.
REPORTER: Kenneth Walker
(DC) Democratic conventions in Atlantic City (1964), Chicago (1968), Miami Beach (1972), and New York (1980) recalled. Films shown. Past challenges to convention rules noted; preparations for such challenge in 1984 cited. Effort to change rules to eliminate challenges, undertaken by Hunt Commission, detailed. Commission said chaired by North Carolina Governor James Hunt and influenced by Walter Mondale, Edward Kennedy and AFL-CIO. Jackson's challenge to rules changed by commission noted joined by other candidates Gary Hart, Ernest Hollings and George McGovern. [Hunt Commission member Carl WAGNER - comments.] Process for changing rules, if desired by chairperson Manatt, stated. Democratic party said united and leaders said trying to keep it that way. Jackson challenge said potential for fight with Democratic National Committee.
REPORTER: Sander Vanocur
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