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The 1984 Leaders Debate Television (Full Length) – 1984 News/Current Affairs

The 1984 Leaders Debate

Television (Full Length) – 1984 News/Current Affairs

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Six days out from the 1984 snap election, PM Sir Robert Muldoon and Leader of the Opposition David Lange face off across a table in a TVNZ leaders’ debate chaired by Ian Johnstone. A tired Muldoon, on the back foot since calling the election two weeks earlier, attempts to claim the high ground of experience in office and on the international stage; but he is no match for Lange’s deftness and gravitas — his parting shot of "I love you, Mr Lange" is one of the more remarkable moments in NZ political history.

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Peter Williams

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Ian Johnstone

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Jim Curry

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I love you, Mr Lange
– Sir Robert Muldoon’s parting shot