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1984 Vote / Debate #87375

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Oct 21, 1984
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(Studio) Tonight's debate between President Reagan and Walter Mondale noted focusing on foreign policy and national defense
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Kansas City, Missouri) Reagan's arrival here and preparation for tonight's encounter examined; films shown. [Lyn NOFZIGER - won't deal in hypothetical scenarios.] [Reagan communications director Jim LAKE - anticipates President's success.] campaign. mentioned scheduling Reagan victory rally before rather than after debate.
REPORTER: Rita Flynn

(Kansas City, Missouri) Mondale's arrival and expectations for debate featured; films shown. [MONDALE - considers debate's focus; expects to discuss leadership issue.] Mondale's preparations for confrontation described; probability of his referring to Reagan's 1982 statement that nuclear missiles, once fired from submarines, can be recalled cited.
REPORTER: Betsy Aaron

(Studio) Latest ABC News poll outlined, discussed.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Kansas City, Missouri) Factors used in assessing tonight's debate in light of President's poor performance during first debate considered; Senator Paul Laxalt's concern with Reagan's appearance, Jimmy Carter's image discussed.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson, Sander Vanocur

(Studio) Debate coverage announced.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Aaron, Betsy;
Donaldson, Sam;
Flynn, Rita;
Vanocur, Sander

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