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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(DC: Bill Plante) Robert Bork's decision to stay in the confirmation battle announced. [BORK - says he is staying in because he wants to fight for the Constitution's instructions that nomination process be kept from the public arena.] Reagan support of Bork's decision noted. [BORK - says he wants to be treated fairly.] [REAGAN - says the White House will fight on.] [REAGAN - says no one in his camp expected the opposition's media campaign] Battle's increase chances for next conservative nomination noted.
(DC: Phil Jones) [Senator Robert DOLE - says Bork's decision to stay with fight is courageous.] [Senator Dale BUMPERS - says he is not intimidated by Reagan's defensive rhetoric.] Supporting Senators' favorable opinion of Bork's move discussed. [Senator Phil GRAMM - says anti-Bork propaganda McCarthyistic.] [National Abortion Rights Action League Kate MICHELMAN - says Reagan is unrealistic to think his choice would be unopposed.] [Pol. analyst Norman ORNSTEIN - says conservatives' delay in supporting the next nom. may hurt future chances.] Battle's intensity being harmful to Reagan and conservatives discussed.
- Jones, Phil;
- Plante, Bill;
- Rather, Dan
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