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Campaign '88 / Democrats / Vice President / Bentsen #116726

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 12, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Boston, Massachusetts: Sam Donaldson) Announcement by Governor Michael Dukakis of selection of Senator Lloyd Bentsen as his vice president running mate reported [DUKAKIS - talks about Bentsen's experience.] Parallels between this team and 1960 Democratic presidential team of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson detailed; scenes shown from '60 campaign [DUKAKIS - talks about '60 and '88 campaigns.] [BENTSEN - says team will win.] Mtg. of Dukakis aide Paul Brountas with Jesse Jackson prior to announcement noted. Bentsen's role as conservative and Texan noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Brit Hume) Jackson reported surprised by selection of Bentsen. [JACKSON - comments on Bentsen's selection as a strategic move by Dukakis campaign] [Representative Charles RANGEL - expresses disappointment about how Jackson found out about selection.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(NYC: Jim Wooten) Bentsen's political background profiled; scenes shown. [In past, BENTSEN - says he's not interested in vice president] Bentsen's brief run for president in 1976 recalled. Bentsen's political constituency reviewed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Negative publicity about Bentsen's political fins. examined. Results of ABC News/"Washington Post" poll on Democratic vice president outlined on screen. Report introduced.

(DC: Barry Serafin) Consideration of Senators John Glenn, Albert Gore, Bob Graham, Representatives Lee Hamilton, Richard Gephardt and Jackson as vice president possibilities reviewed. Selection of Bentsen to help take on Vice President George Bush in Texas reported [American Enterprise Institution William SCHNEIDER, Bush campaign manager Lee ATWATER, Brookings Institution Stephen HESS -talk about selection of Bentsen.]

Donaldson, Sam;
Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter;
Serafin, Barry;
Wooten, Jim

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