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Reagan / News Conference Follow-Up #108115

ABC Evening News for Friday, Mar 20, 1987
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(Studio: Tom Jarriel) ABC News poll following President Reagan's news conf. last night regarding Iran arms scandal outlined on screen, discussed.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) Reaction here to Reagan's performance and implication of poll's findings regarding substance of his remarks featured; scenes shown. [Senators Robert KASTEN, Howell HEFLIN, chief of staff Howard BAKER - praise President] [Last night, REAGAN - claims memory loss on authorization of 1st Israeli arms shipment.] [November 19, 1986, REAGAN - denies Israel was involved.] [Jody POWELL -offers possible explanation for November 19 lie.] [Last night, REAGAN - claims misstatement in November; denies Vice President George Bush opposed Iran arms sales.] Bush and press spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater's clarification of President's denial outlined on screen. [Today, REAGAN - claims satisfaction with Bush's advice.] Jimmy Carter's criticism of Reagan's bent toward military solutions rather than diplomacy ones noted. [Chief of staff Howard BAKER - considers Carter's remarks unseemly, inappropriate and unfortunate.]

(DC: Jim Wooten) [Last night, REAGAN - jokes.] President's style versus substance in last night's news conference reviewed. ["The New Republic" spokesperson Charles KRAUTHAMMER - feels Reagan is now judged on "neurological" standards rather than political ones due to his lowering of public's expectations.] [National Public Radio spokesperson Rod MacLEISH - agrees; thinks nation is obsessed with style rather than substance now.] [KRAUTHAMMER - blames press.] [Last night, REAGAN, NBC News reporter Andrea MITCHELL - exchange pleasantries.] ["New York Times" spokesperson Tom WICKER - denies press was threatening last night.] Howard Baker's recommendation mentioned.

Donaldson, Sam;
Jarriel, Tom;
Wooten, Jim

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