ABC Evening News for Sunday, Feb 12, 1989
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(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Controversy over Secretary of Defense-designate John Tower noted. Report introduced.
(DC: Cokie Roberts) How Senator confirmation process works featured; details given, scenes shown from various confirmation hearings. [At confirmation hearings, Secretary of State James BAKER - responds.] [Senator Christopher DODD - says confirmation allows us to get sense of new administration] [Ex-Treasury Secretary Don. REGAN -comments.] Senator noted rejecting only eight cabinet nominees; photos, names and dates of those rejected shown. [Senator Robert BYRD - explains voting against nomination of Lewis Strauss in 1959.] Confirmation of President Jimmy Carter's nominee Bert Lance and President Ronald Reagan's nominee Attorney General Edwin Meese recalled; details given of their subsequent problems in office [Former thrice-confirmed Reagan aide Elliott ABRAMS - opposes confirmation process.]
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