The outcome of the Presidential election in the United States (Tuesday 4 November) will be watched with great interest by people around the world.
CU Republican candidate Ronald Reagan officially opening his Presidential campaign in Jersey City, new Jersey PAN TO Crowd and ZOOM INTO Reagan and his family on podium
LV Reagan speaking and crowds cheer (2 shots)
CU & SV President Jimmy Carter waving to crowd at Tuscumbia Alabama (2 shots)
CU Carter speaking
GV INTERIOR Texas High School, cheerleaders leading students in singing (3 shots)
SV Carter waving to angry crowds of blacks in Miami (4 shots)
CU Black leader Reverend Ralph Abernathy declaring support for Reagan and Bush ticket as they stand by
SV Police carrying body to ambulance in Miami and body on ground (3 shots)
SV INTERIOR Arms shop and customers inspecting rifles and pistols (3 shots)
TV INTERIOR Reagan arriving to address businessmen in Chicago (3 shots)
CU Reagan speaking
SV Carter campaigning in Perth Amboy, New Jersey (2 shots)
SV Carter speaking
SV Black and white teenagers leaving school bus and walking towards school
SEQ. 2: REAGAN: "They brought with them courage, ambition and the values of family, neighbourhood, work, peace and freedom."
SEQ. 4: CARTER: "This will be a campaign for secure peace. This will be a campaign for stable prices. A campaign of confidence and unity."
SEQ. 7: ABERNATHY: "I endorse the candidacy of Ronald Reagan as the next president of the United States."
SEQ. 11: REAGAN: "We must move boldly, decisively and quickly to control the runaway growth of federal spending."
SEQ. 13: CARTER: "It means tremendous cuts for the rich and it means a devastating blow to the American economy and high inflation for the average working family in this country."
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Background: The outcome of the Presidential election in the United States (Tuesday 4 November) will be watched with great interest by people around the world. The decision will be made by an electorate that has been courted with sophisticated cross-country television campaigns featuring the opinions and personalities of the candidates. Issues have ranged from the prestige of the United States abroad, tot he national effects of the world recession. But on the domestic front there has been particular emphasis on the past -- a time, according to the Republicans, when government kept out of many aspects of American society and wholesome family life ensured a bright future for the United States.
SYNOPSIS: Republican candidate Ronald Reagan's election theme comes largely from what he calls "a new set of shared values", based on those brought by the immigrants who first built the United States.
Incumbent, President Jimmy Carter would not disagree with the Republican vision of America. But he opened his campaign stressing different words.
The traditions of the American way of life often referred to by the Republicans are rooted in what is called "middle-America." The belief in the American system has always meant rewards for those who work the hardest. But international recession has hit the U.S.A. too resulting in record inflation and rising unemployment.
Blacks have always been the hardest hit in times of economic gloom. President Carter was shocked by this hostile reception when he visited riot-torn Miami in June. Like some of their leaders, Miami blacks accused Carter of neglecting their problems.
Campaign analysts on both sides are worried that disillusioned blacks will simply stay at home on polling day.
A rapid increase in urban crime is just one result of economic problems. However, the very strong Christian evangelical lobby blame it on what they call "a nation betrayed from within by decadence, depravity and drugs, and from without by godless communism."
The gun lobby maintains that it is the democratic right of every man to carry a gun and more and more Americans are purchasing arms as violent crime increases
Mr Reagan advocates less government. And his economic plan included tax cuts over three years, while increasing defence spending
Mr Carter has warned that the Republican programme is unworkable and would soon have to be abandoned.
Mr Carter and Mr Reagan have promised to tackle the country's tough domestic problems, both expressing concern that every young American has the right to a secure future.