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1984 Vote / Demo. Race #88963

ABC Evening News for Monday, Mar 12, 1984
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(Studio) Gary Hart noted perceived front runner in Democrat race with Walter Mondale, John Glenn, Jesse Jackson and George McGovern; his campaign itinerary today outlined. Results of ABC "News-Washington Post" poll indicating current standings of Democrat cands. as major round of primaries approaches listed on screen, discussed; today's campaign activities of Hart's competitors reviewed. Films shown. Local Georgia poll findings for Hart and Mondale mentioned.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(NYC) Mondale recalled claiming major differences exist between himself and Hart following New Hampshire primary. [MONDALE - believes differences are deep.] [HART - denies many differences.] Similarity in their positions on specific issues listed on screen, discussed; Americans for Democrat Action recalled assessing both Hart and Mondale equally. [ADA president Leon SHULL - feels Hart is now less liberal than other Senators such as Edward Kennedy.] [Harvard spokesperson Samuel BEER - believes style rather than issues is substance of difference between Hart and Mondale.]
REPORTER: Barry Serafin

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Role of consultant Patrick Caddell in altering Hart's public image, or style, and apparent impact on his current campaign success examined. [In TV commercial, HART - calls for new ideas.] [January 1961, John F. KENNEDY - "...the torch has been passed to a new generation..."] [HART - paraphrases Kennedy's "ask not" speech.] [Governor Richard LAMM - thinks Hart's Calvinistic childhood determined his adult shyness, lack of enthusiasm for campaigning.] Issue of Hart's ambitiousness thought reflected in his managing George McGovern's 1972 campaign and later joining Senator Armed Services Committee [Friend, Prof. Richard WADE - explains Hart's selection of defense rather than energy or environment] Hart's political career, changes made in his personal life, marital problems listed, discussed. [Republican political consultant Walt KLEIN - considers Hart consumed by ambition and style, rather than substance.] [LAMM, WADE - disagree; explain.]
REPORTER: Jack Smith

(Studio) Rhetoric used by John Glenn, Alan Cranston, Jesse Jackson, Reubin Askew, Ernest Hollings, Hart and Mondale when announcing candidate in 1983 recalled; cynicism inherent in public's perception of experienced political and implications for Mondale's boast of "experience" discussed. Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan cited as exs. of "experience's" negative impact on nation
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Studio) Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Reporter(s):
Brinkley, David;
Jennings, Peter;
Serafin, Barry;
Smith, Jack
Duration:
00:10:20

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