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South Democrats #94897

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Mar 17, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Austin, Texas) Efforts of south Democrats to regain historical strength in region examined. [Florida attorney general Jim SMITH, Dallas county judge Mike SCHWILLE - announce their party affiliations.] Phil Gramm's switchover to Republican party recalled. [Texas state representative Gary THOMPSON - acknowledges considering changing ptys.] 1984 Republican gains illustrated on map. [Pol. analyst Curtis GANS - anticipates future of United States pols.] Republican gains in Texas listed on screen. [Texas Democrat consultant George CHRISTIAN - fears Democratic party is semi-terminal.] [Democratic national chairperson Paul KIRK - calls for unity.] [CHRISTIAN - believes electing Kirk, former aide to Senator Edward Kennedy, was mistake for party in sunbelt.] Senator Sam Nunn, Virginia Governor Charles Robb and Senator Lawton Chiles mentioned among those forming break-away group after Kirk's election; details given. [CHILES - hopes Democrats will join them; wants to rid party of special interest groups.]
REPORTER: Rita Flynn

Donaldson, Sam;
Flynn, Rita

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