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Tower / Appointment / Senate #120804

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 28, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Results of ABC News/"Washington Post" poll on whether or not President Bush should have his nominee John Tower approved for Defense Department post given. Report introduced.

(DC: Brit Hume) Battle for Tower's nomination featured; Bush's mtgs. with Senators noted; scenes shown. [BUSH - says he will fight for Tower.] Positions of Senators Joseph Lieberman and Dennis DeConcini noted. [DeCONCINI - comments.] [Senator Ernest HOLLINGS - discusses FBI report on Tower's drinking.] [Senator Bob GRAHAM - comments.] Planned meeting between Bush, Tower and Republican Senators previewed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Report introduced.

(DC: Jim Wooten) campaign. by Senator Republicans on Tower's behalf featured; scenes shown. [Senators Robert DOLE, Warren RUDMAN - back Tower.] [Senator Larry PRESSLER - says Tower should withdraw.] Count of undecided Senators given. Draft from Senator Armed Services Committee detailed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings ) More poll information cited. Report introduced.

(DC: John Martin) Pol. nature of battle over Tower's nomination explained; details given of "New York Times" editorial about Tower and "Wall Street Journal" item about Senator Sam Nunn's 1964 car accident linked to drinking. [NUNN - comments.] ["Wall Street Journal" Robert BARTLEY - says Democrat Senators want to cripple president] [NUNN - comments on Senator's advise and consent role.] Senator's power to reject nominees reviewed; scenes shown from film "Advise and Consent". [BUSH - says he has not wavered.] [MAN - says situation is approaching a political disaster.]

Hume, Brit;
Martin, John;
Jennings, Peter;
Wooten, Jim

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