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Bork Confirmation Hearings #317581

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 16, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(DC: Phil Jones) Contd. confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork, focusing today on his role in Watergate and personal religious beliefs, featured; details given, scenes shown. [BORK and Senator Dennis DeCONCINI - argue segregation by race versus by gender.] Bork recalled firing Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox at President Richard Nixon's order after then-Attorney General Elliot Richardson refused; details given, scenes shown. [BORK - recalls incident; discusses his opposition to Supreme Court ruling striking down Oklahoma law allowing sterilization of prisoners; claims his views have changed, citing 1964 Civil Rights Act as example] [Senator Howard METZENBAUM - questions Bork's credibility.]

(Studio: Dan Rather, Phil Jones) Importance of undecided Senators to Bork's confirmation discussed; reactions of Senators Howell Heflin and Arlen Specter to today's session quoted.

(DC: Richard Schlesinger) Exploitation of Bork controversy by various orgs. for their own political and fundraising goals examined; details given, scenes shown. [Consultant Richard VIGUERIE - notes Bork's symbolic importance to conservatives and liberals.] Perception of Bork by right and left wings described. [National Abortion Rights Action League spokesperson Arlene SCHWARTZ, Coalitions for America spokesperson Curt ANDERSON - comment.] [NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) spokesperson Althea SIMMONS - encourages workers to campaign against Bork.] [VIGUERIE - notes attention given undecided Senators] [Envelope company owner David ZUKERBERG - describes business]

Jones, Phil;
Rather, Dan;
Schlesinger, Richard

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