ABC Evening News for Friday, May 15, 1987
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(Studio: Ted Koppel) Report introduced.
(DC: Sam Donaldson) President Reagan's news conference for local reporters, focusing on Iran arms scandal, featured; scenes shown. [REAGAN - can't remember personal role in affair.] [Yesterday, Robert McFARLANE - testifies that he told President] McFarlane said referring to Reagan's approval of H. Ross Perot's plan to ransom hostages. [REAGAN - denies remembering discussing ransoming hostages, while admitting its possibility.] President recalled claiming earlier in year that he had authorized initial arms shipment from Israel to Iran in advance, then denying that he had and finally claiming loss of memory about authorization's timing. President noted claiming same approval rating as Dwight Eisenhower had in his 6th year [REAGAN - denies being politically mortally wounded.]