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Person of The Week (The Vice Presidency) #112788

ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 07, 1988
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Ofc. of vice president profiled; scenes shown. [WOMAN - says there is 50-50 chance Senator Lloyd Bentsen or Senator Dan Quayle will become president] [Historian Arthur SCHLESINGER, Junior - says generally the vice president waits around for president to die.] Vice president's duties outlined; scenes shown of attempted assassination of President Reagan, of various vice presidents who became president Case of assumption of president by John Tyler in 1841 upon President William Henry Harrison's death recalled; photos shown; Tyler and John Qunicy Adams quoted. [President historian Michael BESCHLOSS - says founding fathers left vice president ambiguous; says Tyler established a precedent of vice president becoming a real president] Selection of vice president cands. detailed; scenes shown. [Governor Michael Dukakis, Vice President George Bush, Senator Dan Quayle, Senator Lloyd BENTSEN - talk about vice presidency.]

Donaldson, Sam

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