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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: Barry Serafin) Paul Laxalt's expected candidate for 1988 Republican president nomination considered; details given, scenes shown. [LAXALT - claims readiness for office] His Senator career and relationship with President Reagan reviewed, incl. impact on Panama Canal treaty and Ferdinand Marcos' departure from Philippines. [March 3, 1986, REAGAN - praises Laxalt.] Anticipated effect of a Laxalt candidate on Vice President George Bush's and Representative Jack Kemp's 1988 aspirations noted. [Analyst Norman ORNSTEIN - questions energy of Laxalt's commitment to race.] Laxalt's libel suit against "Sacramento Bee" stemming from 1970s controversy over his family's questionable relationship with casino noted. [Publisher C.K. McCLATCHY - remains committed to story.] [LAXALT - expects court victory.] Reagan mentioned attending private dinner for Laxalt last night while taking noncommittal stance officially.
- Jennings, Peter;
- Serafin, Barry
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