ABC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 23, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Dallas, Texas) Republican convention activities today designed to emphasize Reagan-Bush reelection campaign examined; focus on President Reagan noted. Films shown. [REAGAN - promotes prayer in schools; considers pols. and religion inseparable.] His appearance before Republican Hispanic Caucus noted. [REAGAN - praises his economic policies.] Cost of later fundraising lunch mentioned. [REAGAN - attacks Democratic party, praises Republicans] President's acceptance speech tonight described.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(Studio) President's involvement in Church-State debate cited.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Dallas, Texas) John Kennedy recalled having to proclaim his independence from his church when he ran in 1960. [1960, KENNEDY - notes he doesn't speak for the church, nor does the church speak for him.] Role of religion in Republican politics now examined; films shown. Fundamentalist television evangelists mentioned appearing before Republican platform committee. [Jerry FALWELL, MAN - praise Reagan's use of White House to promote their values.] Platform's inclusion of fundamentalist philosophy outlined on screen, discussed. [FALWELL - praises political party that champions "liberation of the unborn."] [Senator Lowell WEICKER - feels fundamentalists are trying to write code of behavior for entire nation.] Fundamentalist organizations' rejection of Democrat overtures said illustrated by Christian Voice's television commercials linking Walter Mondale with gays. [WEICKER - believe Reagan and right-wing religious leaders are using each other for their own gains.] Number of Republican voters that fundamentalist religious leaders claim to have registered mentioned.
REPORTER: Charles Gibson
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