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Campaign 2000 (Gore vs. Bush: DUI Arrest / Character) #189879

ABC Evening News for Friday, Nov 03, 2000
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The standings of presidential candidates Vice President Al Gore and Governor George W. Bush in the latest ABCNews poll cited.

(Saginaw, Michigan: Dean Reynolds) The reaction of Bush's campaign to the news coverage of his 1976 DUI arrest featured; details given of the issue of Bush's veracity. [BUSH - admits making mistakes.] [Bush campaign communications director Karen HUGHES - calls it "gotcha politics" and dirty tricks.] [Dallas Morning News Wayne SLATER - says Bush denied being arrested in the last 30 years.] [August 19, 1999, BUSH - admits making mistakes when he was younger.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Kennebunkport, ME: Dan Harris) The leaking of information about Bush's DUI arrest by Maine attorney Thomas Connolly examined; details given about the possibility that Judge Bill Childs tipped off Connolly. [CONNOLLY - comments; says the Gore campaign was not involved.] [Attorney John DeGRINNEY - talks about Childs' knowledge.] [FOX-TV reporter Erin FALEAU - says the leak was not orchestrated.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Knoxville, Tennessee: Terry Moran) The wary reaction of the Gore camp to the Bush DUI story examined. [GORE - refuses to comment on the arrest.] [Senator Tom HARKIN - raises the issue of Bush's coverup.] Statement from Gore campaign director William Daley quoted. [Yesterday, BUSH - campaigns on Social Security.] [Today, GORE - responds to Bush about Social Security.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The absence of any documents asking the governor about any arrests noted.

(Washington: Jackie Judd) The character issue examined; ABCNews poll findings on "character" cited; television ad shown; details given of the message of both candidates on character. [Five VOTERS - define character.] [Annenberg School for Communications professor Kathleen Hall JAMIESON - notes the scandals of President Clinton's White House.] [October 4, GORE - says the election is about "you."] [Boston College professor Alan WOLFE - says Gore's message is "I am not Bill Clinton."] [Presidential historian Michael BESCHLOSS - comments on character, scrutiny and vulnerability.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The work at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in London on renditions of both presidential candidates shown.

Harris, Dan;
Jennings, Peter;
Judd, Jackie;
Moran, Terry;
Reynolds, Dean

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