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U.S. Presidential Debate "House Keeping" (02:51)


Peter Jennings cites poll statistics for each candidate. Dorothy Ridings introduces the correspondents and moderator. Edwin Newman explains the format of the debate and introduces the candidates and questioners.

Conflict in Central America: Mondale (04:38)

Mondale states U.S. objectives should be to strengthen democracy, stop extremist influences, and stabilize the economy; it is important to understand change in warfare.

Conflict in Central America: Reagan (05:48)

Reagan explains his investigation into the CIA guerrilla manual. Mondale questions how Reagan could not know about the manual. Reagan contradicts Mondale's statements about his belief in the ability to recall nuclear missiles.

Soviet Union: Reagan (04:12)

Reagan acknowledges that he does not like the Soviet Union's system but suggests they share a common interest. He cites examples of making changes for disarmament. Reagan names the areas of the world that are important U.S. interests.

Soviet Union: Mondale (02:54)

Mondale states that any type of agreement with the Soviet Union must be specifically defined and stresses the importance of arms control. He remarks on President Reagan's leadership.

Eastern Europe: Mondale (03:26)

Mondale's administration would not accept any Soviet control over Eastern Europe. Reagan cites Mondale's position on military defense. Mondale counters with comments on national strength.

Military Force: Mondale (03:14)

Mondale cites examples where his standards for the use of military force are essential to U.S. power and explains his statement on quarantining Nicaragua.

Military Troops in Lebanon: Reagan (04:26)

Reagan defends his introduction of U.S. forces in Lebanon.

Military Troops in Lebanon: Mondale (02:21)

Mondale states that Reagan did not follow necessary steps to keep troops and officials safe in Lebanon. Reagan defends his position on retaliation.

Age and Strategic Missiles: Reagan (05:29)

Reagan jokes about his and Mondale's age. He describes disarmament talks with the Soviet Union. Mondale states that age is not an issue, the application of authority is; he reiterates activities in Lebanon.

Presidential Leadership: Mondale (03:25)

Mondale comments on Rev. Jackson's activity in Central America and Vice President Bush's statements in a previous debate. Reagan defends arms control talks with the Soviet Union. Mondale cites two authors on arms control.

Illegal Immigration: Mondale (05:16)

Mondale discusses the Simpson-Mazzoli bill and defends his position on immigration reform.

Illegal Immigration: Reagan (03:03)

Reagan strongly supports the Simpson-Mazzoli bill as it was in the Senate. He stresses the importance of employer sanctions.

Population and the Economy: Reagan (03:32)

Reagan does not believe we are going to experience anarchy as a result of a population explosion. Mondale states that economic trade policies and high interest rates are fueling the national debt.

Armageddon: Reagan (03:57)

Reagan states he never seriously made plans for Armageddon; a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. He defends his offer of sharing technology with the Soviet Union.

Strategic Defense: Mondale (06:49)

Mondale disagrees with sharing technology with the Soviet Union, cites issues with Star Wars, and explains why he supports a nuclear freeze. Reagan explains his position on a defensive weapon.

Nuclear Freeze: Mondale (03:54)

Mondale defends his position on a verifiable mutual freeze and states why he disagrees with the MX missile; he supports stealth technology.

U.S. Allies: Reagan (03:38)

Reagan explains his criticism of President Carter's actions against the Shah of Iran and President Marcos; we should try to retain our friendship with the Philippines. He considers the implications of an overthrow of President Marcos.

U.S. Allies: Mondale (02:04)

Mondale disagrees with the Reagan administration's policies on human rights; he cites issues in Argentina and South Africa. Reagan defends his administration's position on human rights.

Nuclear Weapons (03:57)

Reagan believes sharing technology with the Soviet Union could help in eliminating nuclear weapons. Mondale believes in a sensible arms control approach.

Closing Statement: Mondale (04:09)

Mondale believes wisdom is the key to U.S. strength. He cites his intentions and goals as president and reiterates the importance of a president's command.

Closing Statement: Reagan (05:03)

Reagan is thankful for economic recovery and expansion, freedom, and peace. He reflects on writing a letter for a time capsule. Edwin Newman thanks debate participants and reminds viewers to vote.

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Ronald Reagan and Walter Mondale Debate (10/21/1984): U.S. Presidential Election Debates

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In this October 1984 debate between President Reagan and Walter Mondale, the presidential candidates address foreign and domestic matters. Reagan and Mondale highlight their positions on the Soviet Union, strategic missiles, nuclear arms, illegal immigration, and more. An ABC News Production.

Length: 89 minutes

Item#: BVL94918

ISBN: 978-1-68272-168-1

Copyright date: ©1984

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