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Wednesday, October 10, 1984
Professors give nod to Mondale,
but say debate won't sway voters
By Jim Basra tissen
Daily Nebr&gkut Senior Reporter
Walter Mondale got the best of
President Reagan in Sunday night's
debate, two UNL political science
professors said Tuesday.
Professor Robert Sittig and As
sistant Professor Keith Mueller
both named Mondale as the winner,
but said the debate will have little
effect on the election.
"I think the effect will be neglig
ible," Sittig said. "Presidential de
bates come at a time when nine of
10 voters have made up their
Both men gave Mondale higher
marks for style and argument.
"His use of evidence and argu
ment was better," Mueller said.
The turning point in the
debate, Mueller said, came when
Mondale switched Reagan's, there
you go again" remark against the
president. Mondale said Reagan
proposed a cut in "Medicare in
1981, after saying, "There you go
again," when then-President Car
ter suggested such a possibility.
After Mond ale turned the remark
against Reagan Sunday, the pres
ident appeared nervous for the
rest of the debate, Mueller said.
Mondale probably surprised
Reagan by debating effectively,
Sittig said he thought Reagan
agreed to the debate because he
expected to win, given his usual
charm in front of the cameras.
The debate provided the
"worst scenario" the Republicans
could have expected, he said.
Sittig said he was surprised
Reagan agreed to the debate. Pre
sidents have declined to debate
in previous elections, so Reagan
would have had precedent for
Lyndon Johnson never debated
Barry Goldwater in 1964, and
Richard Nixon declined to debate
George McGovern in the 72 election.
Sittig said he thinks presidents
may be at a disadvantage in cam
"In 1980, Reagan came off bet
ter (than Carter)," Sittig said.
"The president is on the defensive
in that kind of format."
The challenger can attack a
president's policies and point to
campaign promises that didn't
work out, while giving his own
untested advise, Sittig said.
Although most analysts saw
Mondale as the winner, neither
candidate made a major mistake
in the debate.
"They both said the correct
things to retain their electoral
base," Mueller said. "Reagan em
phasized economic recovery and
patriotism. Mondale emphasized
the deficit and social spending
Sittig said he thought both can
didates missed opportunities to
rebut the other. Mondale kept
referring to "$268 billion dollar
deficits," whie the 1984 deficit h
$175 billion, Sittig said.
"He must have been using some
prediction for 1989," he said. "Pre
sident Reagan should have made
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CAPE CATAVERAL, Fla. The 14-hour loss of the space
shuttle Challenger's main communication link with the earth
may have resulted from human error and not the "cosmic hit"
originally blamed for the outage, an official said Tuesday.
Robert Sperry, the space agency's associate networks chief,
said experts were looking into every possible cause, "including
whether operators did the right thing at the right time." He said
the problem began with a routine incident involving the $100
million Tracking and Data Relay Satellite the space shuttle
uses for most of its communication. " '
The full moon moved into the field of view of a sensor aboard
TDRS and ground controllers should have switched to another
sensor, he said. It appears the command to switch sensors was
not sent, Sperry said. However, Sperry said it would take most
of the week to fully understand what happened and why.
Sperry said the satellite wes not the victim of a high-energy
particle or "cosmic hit" on an electrical component.
Testimony shows missile schedule
WASHINGTON U.S. plans call for deploying an average of
one Pershing-2 missile a week in Europe, a senior Pentagon
official tcld Congress. In secret testimony to a House of Repre
sentatives subcommittee last March, Army Brig. Gen. James
Cercy said this schedule was tight but added, "We see nothing
standing in the way of successful execution of that plan."
The testimony was released as part of the subcommittee's
Cercy said the first battery of nine missiles became opera
tional at Schwatbisch-Gmund, West Germany, Dec. 14, 1983.
The second was fielded on Feb. 29, 1984. If the schedule of one
battery every nine weeks has been met, about 45 of 108
planned Pershing-2s are now in place. U.S. officials have
refused to make public the deployment schedule for the Persh
ings and a planned 464 cruise missiles.
Cercy also told the House panel the United States could buy
only 70 missiles in 1984 with the $429 million appropriated by
congress, not 95 missiles as expected. Congress this year is
expected to vote about $380 million for another 70 missiles.
Cercy said Pershing-2 flight tests ended in September 1983
with the missile successfully completing 14 of 18 tests.
Congress stalled on spending bill
WASHINGTON Congressional negotiators Tuesday re
mained deadlocked on a $500 billion spending bill to fund
major government programs for 19S5 over the future of U.S.
support for Nicaraguan rebels.
Democratic congressmen on a committee to resolve House
and Senate differences on the money bill reaffirmed their
"demand to end UJ5. aid for the anti-San dinist rebels while
Republican senators who have backed President Reagan's so
called "covert war" stuck to their position. The failure to reach
a compromise has delayed Congress adjournment, which was
to have been Oct. 5, and has forced Congress three times to vote
temporary funding measures to keep the government running.
Senate Assistant Majority Leader Ted Stevens said Congress
would be asked to approve a fourth stop-gap spending bill to
extend from midnight Tuesday to Thursday.
AIDS fears prompt 14 closings
SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco authorities, worried
about the fast spread of the killer disease AIDS, Tuesday closed
14 bathhouses, sex clubs and book shops patronized by the
city's large homosexual community.
AIDS, or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, is trans
mitted through sexual contact and most of the 6,000-odd
victims of the disease in the United States are male homo
sexuals. Amid reports that people in San Francisco are dying of
AIDS-rel&ted diseases at the rate of about one per day, pres
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Many homosexual activists disagree with the ban, saying it
infringes on civil rights. But San Francisco Public Health Direc
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disease and death."
The death rate from AIDS is about 45 percent The disease
breaks down the body's ability to ward off infection.
Guerillas agree to pence talks offer
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador Left-wing guerrillas Tuesday
accepted president Jose Napoleon Duarte's call for peace talks
in a village in northern El Salvador next week provided a 6-mile
area around the vilkge was cleared of ail weapons. The
encounter would be the first such face-to-face meeting in five
years of civil war.
sinberger to meet NATO cMefc
WASHINGTON Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger
departed Tuesday for a NATO luiciesr plasrJng meeting in
Ityand visits to Tunisia, Egypt md Isiil
wASfIe5S8 otn saM a ua task force would report to the
NATO defense ministers on increased anti-tcrrori measures
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