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Bush / Tower / Appointment / Alcohol Stmt. #120786

ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 27, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Return of President Bush from his Asian trip noted. Report introduced.

(DC: Jim Wooten) Confirmation process involving Secretary of Defense- designate John Tower's nomination for Defense Department post featured; details given of Tower's public promise to abstain from drinking if nomination [Senators Charles ROBB, Howell HEFLIN, Bob GRAHAM - comment on Tower and drinking problem issue.] [Senator Larry PRESSLER - says there is nothing in Tower's record to indicate he is the man to clean up the defense contracts mess.] ABC survey of how Senate vote is shaping up given. White House meeting tonight of Tower, Senators Robert Dole, John Warner and White House chief of staff John Sununu to map out strategy noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Report introduced.

(DC: Bob Zelnick) Day-by-day background to Tower's decision to make pledge to abstain from alcohol featured; details given of warning from Nunn and Warner that Tower's alcohol use was having impact on Senator Armed Services Committee Friday decision to go public after Tower's meeting with Dole, White House cnsl. C. Boyden Gray and Vice President Dan Quayle detailed. Tower then noted clearing his pledge statement with Sununu before appearing on "This Wk."

(Studio: Peter Jennings ; Detroit, Michigan: Brit Hume) Discussion of impact of Tower issue on Bush's diplomacy rounds in Asia held; Bush's Asian visit reviewed and analyzed. Impt. of human rights issue during Bush's visit to China discussed; Chinese leader Zhao Ziyang mentioned. Impt. of foreign trade between US and Asian ntns. emphasized.

Reporter(s):
Jennings, Peter;
Wooten, Jim;
Zelnick, Bob
Duration:
00:06:40

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