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Campaign '88 / Bush vs. Dukakis / Debate #118132

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Sep 25, 1988
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Preview of tonight's president debate between Vice President George Bush and Governor Michael Dukakis given; scenes shown from Wake Forest Univ. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Report introduced.

(Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Brit Hume) Bush's preparations for debate featured; scenes shown. [BUSH - says he's relaxed; discusses important of debate.] Bush shown debating vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro in 1984. [On "This Wk.", Bush campaign chairperson James BAKER - downplays Bush's abilities as debater.]

(Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Jackie Judd) Preparations by Dukakis for debate featured; scenes shown. [DUKAKIS - says debate is long overdue.] Dukakis campaign strategy for debate outlined. [Dukakis issue director Chris EDLEY - explains Dukakis' goals.] [On "This Wk.", Dukakis campaign advisor Theodore SORENSEN - says Dukakis will ask Bush certain questions.] Ronald Reagan's debate problems recalled.

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Details of debate hardware explained; scenes shown. Report introduced.

(Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Jim Wooten) Impt. of "little things" in previous pres. debates featured; details given, photos and scenes shown, audio played from debates. [Communications consultant Jack HILTON - calls this debate a "parallel press conf."] [President debate project spokesperson Newton MINOW - discusses debate format.] Debate journalists Peter Jennings, John Mashek, Anne Groer and moderator Jim Lehrer named; procedure outlined on screen. [HILTON - says it's not spontaneous.] [Author/historian Joel SWERDLOW - says more debates are needed.]

Donaldson, Sam;
Hume, Brit;
Judd, Jackie;
Wooten, Jim

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