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Bork Confirmation Hearings #317563

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 15, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(DC: Phil Jones) Opening of Robert Bork's confirmation hearings for Supreme Court featured; scenes shown. [Voice of Senator Judiciary Committee chairperson Senator Joseph BIDEN - instructs mbrs.] [BORK - responds to criticism that he will try to undo prior Supreme Court decisions.] [Gerald FORD - intros. Bork.] [Senator Edward KENNEDY - attacks Bork's stance on racial and sexual discrimination.] [BIDEN - promises Bork a fair hearing.] Criticism of Biden's approach to hearings outlined. [BORK - explains his perception of Constitution.] [Senator Howell HEFLIN - questions possibility of Bork's confirmation.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Studio: Lesley Stahl) Impact of Bork controversy on 1988 president campaigns. of both Republicans and Democrats examined. [Robert STRAUSS - outlines problems posed by Bork for each party] [Abortion rights activist Norma McCORVEY - considers Bork's nomination a threat to personal privacy.] [Republican National Committee spokesperson Frank FAHRENKOPF - thinks special ints. are hurting Democrats] Implications for Republican of religious right-wing's defense of Bork noted. [Senator Robert DOLE - claims misperception about Republican party's sensitivity to the needy.] Pol. necessity of Dole courting Bork's supporters noted. [BIDEN - won't vote for Bork.] Biden's political strategy regarding his campaign and Bork described. [Analyst William SCHNEIDER - explains possible benefits for both Jesse Jackson and religious right-wing by Bork controversy.] Potential effect of race and religion issues dominating 1988 pols. due to Bork controversy considered.

Jones, Phil;
Rather, Dan;
Stahl, Lesley

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