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Tower / Appointment / Alcohol Stmt. / Bush #120769

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Feb 26, 1989
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Senator Armed Services Committee's vote against nomination of Secretary of Defense-designate John Tower to Defense Department post recalled. Report introduced.

(DC: Bob Zelnick) Announcement by Tower that he would abstain from all alcohol if nomination reported [On "This Wk.", TOWER - swears not to drink and would resign if he broke pledge.] [On "Meet the Press", Senator Sam NUNN - comments on Tower and drinking problem.] Extended proposal by Nunn and Tower's response noted. [On "This Wk.", TOWER - refuses to submit to outside exam.] [Senators Robert DOLE, George MITCHELL - comment on Tower case.] Democrat response to Tower's statement noted. [Senator John BREAUX - says if there are doubts, Tower should not be confirmed.] FBI report on Tower mentioned. Issue of Tower's role as defense contractor consultant detailed. [TOWER - explains his consulting role; says President Bush does not want him to withdraw.] Response of Senator Armed Services Committee Democrats to Tower's pledge detailed.

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.

(Beijing, China, PR) Intrusion of controversy over Tower nomination into Bush's international diplomacy in China reported; scenes shown of Bush in China. [On CNN, White House chief of staff John SUNUNU - says allegations against Tower have not been substantiated.] Comments about Bush and Tower from White House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater and Secretary of State James Baker detailed. [BAKER - comments.] Tasks facing Bush in getting Tower confirmed by Senator reviewed.

Donaldson, Sam;
Zelnick, Bob

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