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One in this series of programs that reviews the news from Washington, D.C., during the previous week. In this edition, moderator Paul Duke speaks with a panel of journalists about the upcoming presidential election. The panel includes Hendrick Smith from the New York Times, Haynes Johnson from the Washington Post, Jack Nelson from the Los Angeles Times, and Albert Hunt from the Wall Street Journal. During this discussion the following topics are covered: possible electoral results; the effect of the debate between Governor Ronald Reagan and President Jimmy Carter on public opinion about the other candidates; the hostage situation in Iran; the importance of voter turn-out; the mood of the people involved with the Democratic and Republican campaigns; the possible release of the hostages in Iran before election day; how Reagan gained voters during the debate; the age issue; what voters wanted to hear from the President; the influence of John Anderson's candidacy on the vote; the direction the minority vote may take; issues that may effect the campaign; and the Congressional races.

Cataloging of this program was made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 1996.


  • NETWORK: PBS WETA Washington, D.C.
  • DATE: October 31, 1980 Friday 8:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:28:47
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:11452
  • GENRE: Talk/Interviews
  • SUBJECT HEADING: U S - Elections - 1980; U S - Presidency
  • SERIES RUN: PBS - TV series, 1967-


  • Ricki Green … Producer
  • David Deutsch … Director
  • Paul Duke … Host, Interviewer
  • Hendrick Smith … Guest
  • Haynes Johnson … Guest
  • Jack Nelson … Guest
  • Albert Hunt … Guest
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Ronald Reagan
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