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V.E. Day Anniversary / Reagan Speech #96532

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 08, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Lisbon, Portugal) President Reagan's address to European Parliament featured; films shown. President's inability to convey intended message of desire for more stable relationship with USSR due to faulty teleprompter and numerous interruptions by audience examined. [REAGAN - mocks hecklers; replies angrily to protesters opposing his Central American policy; claims new USSR missiles are first-strike weapons which undermine basis of mutual deterrence.] His remarks on overturning Soviet system, nuclear superiority outlined. [REAGAN - thinks West and USSR can have peaceful, stable relationship based on deterrence and reduction of tension.] Walkout by leftist mbrs described, shown. [REAGAN - hopes own Congress opponents will walk out if he talks long enough.] His remarks about hecklers during speech, made during later stop in Portugal, mentioned.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Moscow, USSR ) Mikhail Gorbachev's observance of V.E. Day and warnings of US militarism in Kremlin speech examined; films shown. [GORBACHEV - (thru translator) feels United States policy is becoming negative factor in international affairs.] His equation of Reagan's anti-Soviet argument with that of Nazis outlined. [GORBACHEV - (thru translator) denounces Reagan's honoring of SS graves.] His public praise of wartime Joseph Stalin quoted; Nikita Krushchev's denouncement of Stalin recalled. [GORBACHEV - (thru translator) notes USSR 's war effort was directed by Stalin.] Gorbachev mentioned claiming USSR 's war effort saved West civilization implications of tone of his remarks for Cold War's anniversary considered.
REPORTER: Walter Rodgers

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
Rodgers, Walter

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