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Campaign '88 / Bush vs. Dukakis / Poll / South #112324

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 12, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Results of ABC News/"Washington Post" poll on electoral vote projections for campaign '88 outlined; map shown of votes for Vice President George Bush and Governor Michael Dukakis. Report introduced.

(NYC: Lynn Sherr) Breakdown of poll results outlined on screen; details given of "ntl. mood," "impt. issues" and "approval rating" questions. Reasons why Bush is leading Dukakis discussed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Atlanta, Georgia: Rebecca Chase) Bush's control of South featured; details given, scenes shown. [Bush campaign manager Lee ATWATER - says Bush should do well in South] Historical trend of Democrats losing South explained; scenes shown from south campaigns. of Barry Goldwater in 1964 and of George Wallace and Richard Nixon, in 1968. [BUSH - campaigns. on crime issue.] Scenes shown from south campaigns. of Jimmy Carter in 1976 and Ronald Reagan in 1984. [BUSH - says "no new taxes."]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(NYC: Jim Wooten) Review of campaign between Dukakis and Bush reported; scenes shown. [Pol. analyst William SCHNEIDER - says Dukakis campaign has waited for Bush to self-destruct.] [Pol. analyst David GARTH - comments on Dukakis campaign] Failure of Dukakis to provide overall theme for voters declared. [DUKAKIS - says election is about competence.] [SCHNEIDER, GARTH - discuss competence issue.] Bush's ability to put Dukakis on defensive noted. [GARTH - says you can't win playing defense] [SCHNEIDER - says Dukakis can't win South or Rocky Mtn. states.] Impt. of status quo noted.

Chase, Rebecca;
Jennings, Peter;
Sherr, Lynn;
Wooten, Jim

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