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1984 Vote / Campaign Tones, Reagan #87288

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 16, 1984
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(Studio) Presidential campaigns. said taking on tone of bitterness as election approaches.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(California) Vice President George Bush's defense of assertion during last week's debate that Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro suggested Marines killed in Beirut died in shame noted reiterated during California campaign swing today. [BUSH - quotes Webster's "International Dictionary."] His apparent inability to find direct quotes of Mondale-Ferraro making "died in shame" statement cited. [BUSH - conts. insisting Mondale-Ferraro claimed Marines died without purpose.] His accusation that Mondale-Ferraro are guilty of rhetorical excess considered.
REPORTER: Carole Simpson

(San Francisco, California) [MONDALE - renews demand that Bush apologize for unfounded statement; characterizes Vice President as "pol. hit-and-run" driver; responds to President Reagan's charge that he's confused on foreign policy.] Mondale reported calling for permanent assembly of world's democrat ntns.

(Springfield, Illinois) [FERRARO - accuses Reagan administration of distorting her remarks, voting record and of later backing off in effort to save face.] Bush's comment about "kicking ass" in his debate with Ferraro noted eliciting pointed sign from Illinois supporter of Ferraro; films shown. [FERRARO - feels Barbara Bush and husband didn't accidently refer to her in obscene terms; thinks President's age is legitimate issue for voters' scrutiny.] Probability that rhetoric on both sides will intensify as election nears considered.
REPORTER: Lynn Sherr

(Studio) Race thought closing in Illinois since debate; President mentioned campaigning there today focusing on age issue and foreign policy.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Du Page Cnty., Illinois) Reagan's Illinois appearances featured; films shown. [REAGAN - accuses Mondale of failing to repudiate Jesse Jackson's Havana meeting with Fidel Castro; responds to audience question about age factor.] His effort to publicly demonstrate physical state described, shown. [REAGAN - claims Secret Service is letting him walk in public now.]
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Mondale reported not attending NYC's Al Smith dinner in order to prepare for debate; Roman Catholic archdiocese of New York City said refusing to allow Ferraro to attend in lieu of Mondale. Details given.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Donaldson, Sam;
Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter;
Sherr, Lynn;
Simpson, Carole

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