ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 19, 1984
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(Studio) Construction of inaugural stand reported beginning on Capitol Hill; Sunday's debate between Walter Mondale and President Reagan mentioned.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Kansas City, Missouri) [October 7, REAGAN - fumbles during first debate.] [Former Reagan aide David GERGEN - agrees President has to do better during second debate.] [Senator Paul LAXALT - blames President's briefers for his poor performance.] First debate's effect on Mondale's campaign attitude, include raising age issue for first time, noted. [REAGAN - challenges opponent to arm wrestle.] [GERGEN - cites TV's ability to both enhance attributes and magnify President's flaws.] [Yesterday, courtesy CNN, MONDALE - explains his approach to debate.] Issues probably raised during debate listed on screen, discussed; Vice President George Bush's accusation that Mondale-Ferraro claim Marines died in vain in Lebanon recalled. [October 12, MONDALE - calls for Bush to apologize.] [October 12, REAGAN - will talk with Mondale about apology issue.]
REPORTER: Jim Wooten
(Studio) Current presidential campaign noted frequently focusing on Supreme Court due to probability of next President making appt(s). [Justice William REHNQUIST - defs. President "packing" Supreme Court] His elaboration quoted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(DC) Commentary concerns campaign issue of Supreme Court appts.; John F. Kennedy recalled appointing Byron White, Dwight Eisenhower appointing William Brennan and Earl Warren.
REPORTER: George Will
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