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Reagan / Central American Policy and Pope #95542

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 17, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) President Reagan, both yesterday and today (in meeting with Algerian President Chadli Benjedid) noted claiming Pope John Paul II supports his Nicaraguan policy. [REAGAN - claims papal support for all his Central American policies.] Archbishop James Hickey's description of Reagan's support for anti-government guerrillas as immoral mentioned. [HICKEY - claims Pope opposes military solution in region or support for rebels.] Deputy press secretary Larry Speakes reported later admitting pontiff didn't express support for United States backing of rebels. [Senator John GLENN - explains opposition to legislature giving Reagan sweeping powers in Central America; refers to Tonkin Resolution.] [Representative Roy DYSON - doesn't believe President has enough Congress votes.] Reagan's letter to Senator Robert Byrd outlined.
REPORTER: Steve Shepard

Jennings, Peter;
Shepard, Steve

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