ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 21, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(DC) Possibility of probe by House Ethics Committee into Geraldine Ferraro's financial disclosure stmts. due to complaint by conservative Washington Legal Fndn. examined; issue of Congress's scheduled adjournment and election year pols. considered. [Representative Barber CONABLE - doubts committee will complete inquiry before elec.] [Ofc. of Govt. Ethics director David MARTIN - will have determination this wk.] [Representative Thomas O'NEILL - attributes situation to mishandling of affairs.]
REPORTER: Dean Reynolds
(Studio) Possible political impact on Ferraro of affair discussed; issue of tax laws' invasion of family privacy considered. Long-range impact of affair on United States political system mentioned. Republican conv.'s course so far described.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings, David Brinkley
(Dallas, Texas) Republican platform debate examined; films shown. [Former national committee chairperson Mary Louise SMITH - is disappointed platform excludes ERA; considers platform rigid, radical right.] [Platform committee member Vin WEBER - defs. platform.] Efforts of White House aide Drew Lewis and Senator Robert Dole to control platform's tilt toward the right recalled; defiance of White House by Jack Kemp and Newt Gingrich noted. Platform planks on tax increases, abortion, federal judges outlined; failure of moderates such as Lowell Weicker to influence platform considered. [Committee member West Clark DURANT - thinks platform reflects maturity in Republican party] Implications of platform for Reagan mentioned.
REPORTER: Sander Vanocur
(Studio) Dole's and Lewis' assessment of Reagan's relationship to platform during campaign discussed. Convention coverage and agenda announced.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings, Steve Shepard