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1984 Vote / Age Issue #87206

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 10, 1984
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(Studio) Effect of Sunday's debate on campaigns. of Walter Mondale and President Reagan noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Warren, Michigan) Reagan's effort to regain offensive against Mondale said dominated by age issue raised in his debate performance. [REAGAN - denies fatigue; claims Mondale's youthful appearance was due to makeup; denies wearing makeup for debate or during his movie career.] Dr. Dan. Ruge, President's personal physician, said claiming Reagan's health is excellent; laboratory data released by White House on President's physical last May mentioned. [RUGE - agrees President looked tired at end of debate.] [REAGAN - attacks Mondale's national defense policy, tax plan.]
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(NYC) [MONDALE - mocks Reagan's "makeup" remark; recalls Richard Nixon used same argument to explain his debate loss to John Kennedy; recalls President's challenge to arm wrestle.] Mondale's later repeal of debate comment on tax indexing reported [MONDALE - acknowledges error.]

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Chicago, Illinois) Commentary concerns age issue in current presidential campaign; similar furor over John Kennedy and George Bush's effort to exploit Reagan's age during 1980 primaries recalled. Age and health issues as they pertained to Franklin Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill, Charles De Gaulle, Konrad Adenauer, Oliver Wendell Holmes discussed.
REPORTER: George Will

Donaldson, Sam;
Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter;
Will, George

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