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1984 Vote / Social Security #87602

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 09, 1984
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(Michigan) [Walter MONDALE - attacks proposals to cut Social Security; challenges President Reagan to publicly commit himself to not cutting Social Security benefits.] Apparent impact of Mondale's recent debate performance on Democrat supporters discussed.

(DC) Reagan's aides said trying to counter Mondale's focus on Social Security; deputy press secretary Larry Speakes' announcement of President's opposition to benefits' cuts cited as example Speakes' remarks quoted on screen. [REAGAN pledges not to cut future Social Security benefits; denies he made statement to contrary during debate.] [Sunday, REAGAN - won't support reduction of benefits for current recipients.] [Today, REAGAN - jokes about Mondale's allegations, age issue in campaign] Reagan campaign said apparently now on defensive as result of Sunday debate and its impact on campaign dynamics.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Donaldson, Sam;
Hume, Brit

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