ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 03, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: Brit Hume) Background to Congress vote on President Reagan's plan for aid to Nicaraguan Contras reported [On phone, Representative Richard STALLINGS - says talk with President Reagan revealed nothing new.] [Representative Roy DYSON - discusses talks with administration] Bitter passions said revealed by Contra aid issue. [Representative James TRAFICANT - compares Contras to 3 Stooges.] [Representative Don EDWARDS - responds.] Protests by anti-Contra demonstrators in Congress gallery noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Warning from Reagan that cutting off of Contra aid would cause them to wither away reported [REAGAN - says if Congress votes down aid, freedom fighters will be gone.] Report introduced.
(Nicaragua: Peter Collins) Future of Contras without military aid featured; details given, battle scenes shown. [Contra leader Commander "TONIO" - explains locations of forces.] Open support for Contras within Nicaragua reported [WOMAN - (thru translator) says she would tell Congress to vote for aid.] [Contra leader Pedro Joaquin CHAMORRO, Junior - says Contras have made gains.] Method of dropping military supplies to Contras from CIA bases in Honduras shown. [Contra leader Alfredo CESAR - says there may be no more air drops; explains how Contra forces will have to be cut back.] Future Contra plans outlined. [CHAMORRO - fears loss of support from other nearby ntns.] Extent of Sandinista forces noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Time for Congress vote tonight announced.