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Bush Transition / Defense Department #113410

ABC Evening News for Friday, Dec 16, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Jim Wooten) President-elect George Bush reported appting. John Tower as secretary of defense; scenes shown. [BUSH, TOWER - comment on defense and appointed] [In Democrat response, Representative Patricia SCHROEDER - says Tower worked for military-ind. complex after leaving Senator] [BUSH - responds to Democrats] Issue of lengthy delay in announcement detailed. [TOWER - says he laughed about newspaper accts. of his personal life.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Bob Zelnick) Issues likely to face Tower as defense secretary reviewed; details given of three areas: budget cuts, weapons procurement problems and arms control. [Defense analyst Jacques GANSLER - discusses efficiency and costs in weapons procurement.] Issue of austerity versus Tower's penchant for defense spending noted.

Jennings, Peter;
Wooten, Jim;
Zelnick, Bob

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