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Iran/Contra Affair / Reagan Response #110769

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 12, 1987
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(Studio: Ted Koppel) Report introduced.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) President Reagan's televised address tonight formally responding to Iran/Contra scandal previewed; White House photograph shown. [In the past, REAGAN - denies reports of operation are true; denies arms-for-hostages deals; denies any mistake was made; claims "implementation of policy was seriously flawed"; acknowledges operation was mistake.] Tonight's speech quoted on screen. [Jody POWELL - describes strategy necessary for Reagan to appear credible.] ["Conservative Digest" spokesperson Richard VIGUERIE - wants President to sound like Oliver North and blame Congress] Other issues addressed by Reagan tonight listed on screen. ["US News and World Report" editor David GERGEN - thinks President's standing with country will improve with actions and not rhetoric.] Speech's expected length noted.

(Studio: Ted Koppel, Sam Donaldson) Reagan's public and private reactions to Iran/Contra affair considered; "Wall Street Journal"'s quote of Reagan letter to supporter cited as example

(Studio: Ted Koppel) Coverage of speech and "Nightline" announced.

Donaldson, Sam;
Koppel, Ted

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