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Bush Transition / Cabinet #118436

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 12, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Last two cabinet-level appts. by President-elect George Bush noted. Report introduced.

(DC: Brit Hume) Appt. of Admiral James Watkins as energy secretary and former educ. secretary William Bennett as drug czar reported; details given of Bush's last min. decision not to pick President Gerald Ford's energy secretary James Schlesinger for post. [WATKINS - talks about his goals.] Senator Dennis DeConcini reported turning down drug czar job. [BENNETT - says he will quit smoking.] [BUSH - previews what he will tell his cabinet.] Nature of Bush cabinet noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Report introduced.

(DC: Jim Wooten) Bush's new cabinet profiled; members named and shown. Controversy over President Reagan's early appts. of Alexander Haig (State Department) and James Watt (Interior Department) recalled. Likely questioning of cabinet cands. Defense Secretary John Tower, Vets. Affairs Secretary Ed Derwinski and Health and Human Services Secretary Louis Sullivan previewed.

Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter;
Wooten, Jim

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