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Special Assignment (Textile Ind. and Protectionism) #92829

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 24, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Benton, Alabama) Textile industry's argument for protectionist legislature examined; closing of Dan River plant here cited as example [WORKERS, John FAIL - comment on plant's demise.] [Company vice president Lewis PRICE - claims foreign imports have devastated United States textile industry] [Consumer Sandy PITTMAN - defs. purchasing foreign-made prods.] No. plant closings and lost jobs in past year mentioned. [PEOPLE - fear their future.] Ind.'s public relations campaign reviewed. [Avondale Mills spokesperson T. Gerald BURGESS, former employee Samuel JACKSON - explain support for protectionist legislature]
REPORTER: Rebecca Chase

(NYC) Opposition to protectionism by those outside textile industry examined. [Esprit Retail president Roger KASE -notes such legislature will cause unemployment in related inds.] [The Conf. Bd. economy Roger KUBARYCH - cites incrd. prices under protectionism.] [Institution for International Econs. spokesperson Fred BERGSTEN - fears financial crisis if protectionist legislature is passed.]
REPORTER: Dan Cordtz

Chase, Rebecca;
Cordtz, Dan;
Jennings, Peter

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