ABC Evening News for Friday, Feb 05, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Predictions about Iowa caucuses after talking with Iowa county chairperson given; figs. outlined for both Democrat and Republican cands. Report introduced.
(W. Branch, Iowa: Richard Threlkeld) Town not visited by president cands. featured; details given, scenes shown. ["W. Branch Times" editor David JOHNSON - says lot of small Iowa towns have seen no cands.] [W. Branch RESIDENT - comments.] West Branch noted to have been hometown of President Herbert Hoover; scenes shown. ["Time" magazine's Hugh SIDEY - says no cand. would dare come to West Branch.] Historical film shown of Hoover. [JOHNSON - doubts candidate would be harmed by coming here.] [Hoover Museum Richard SMITH - quotes Hoover.] Hoover's birthplace shown.
(Studio: Peter Jennings; Des Moines, Iowa: David Brinkley) Comparisons between '84 and '88 campaigns. in Iowa given; Walter Mondale mentioned. Probable impact of cold weather on caucuses noted.