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(Studio) President Reagan's claim that MX missile is vital to overall defense program recalled.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(DC) [Representative Thomas O'NEILL - anticipates close House vote on MX; notes President's intense lobbying.] Probability of President and Congress reaching compromise on issue coming before House discussed. [Representative Robert MICHEL - cites necessity for compromise.] Reagan's original MX proposal and current legislature outlined on screen. Gary Hart and Walter Mondale noted writing joint letter urging rejection of all funding for MX program. Controversy of MX reviewed. [Representatives Henry HYDE, Jack KEMP, Sala BURTON, Paul SIMON - debate issue.] Series of close votes said expected tonight.
REPORTER: Charles Gibson
- Gibson, Charles;
- Jennings, Peter
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