ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 07, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Gary Hart said expected to withdraw from 1988 pres. race soon due to latest allegations of indiscreet behavior.
(Manchester, New Hampshire: Jim Wooten) Lee and Gary Hart's return to Denver, Colorado, home, his cancellation of schedule and expected announcement tomorrow examined; details given, scenes shown. [Press secretary Kevin SWEENEY - notes campaign's on hold.] Lee Hart's description of controversy's impact on family and his on campaign quoted on screen. [SWEENEY - describes Hart's decision to return to Colorado.] [campaign. aide Joseph TRIPPI - expects candidate to return to campaign]
(Studio: Peter Jennings, Hal Bruno) Destruction of Hart's campaign discussed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Coverage of Hart's statement tomorrow announced.
(DC: John Martin) Pol. community's assessment of Hart's status now as cand. examined; scenes shown. [Thomas O'NEILL - feels Hart destroyed himself.] Results of ABC News poll of state Democrat chairwoman outlined on screen. [American Enterprise Institution spokesperson William SCHNEIDER, California state Democrat chairperson Peter KELLY, Mario CUOMO, Michael DUKAKIS, Bruce BABBITT - comment.] Senior White House official quoted on screen; reaction of Hart's staff described.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Circumstances leading to current crisis, beginning with "Miami Herald "report, reviewed.
(Miami, Florida: Mark Potter) "Miami Herald" editorial on Hart today quoted, discussed; scenes shown. [Recently, HART - accuses newspaper of lying.] [Edward Jim HAMPTON - denies making concession.] [HART - claims paper refused to interview necessary people.] [HAMPTON - claims Hart refused to allow interview.] [HART - claims he confronted reporters, not vice versa.] [HAMPTON - disagrees, explains.] "Miami Herald" poll results on issue reported [HAMPTON - considers incident character suicide, not character assassination.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Item recapped at end of broadcast