CBS Evening News for Thursday, Sep 17, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Studio: Lesley Stahl) 1988 Democratic candidate Senator Joseph Biden's plagiarism problems, both when he was law student and currently in his campaign speeches, and potential effect on his campaign examined; scenes shown. [BIDEN - acknowledges mistakes; defs. his character.] Outcome of Syracuse Univ. plagiarism charge against Biden outlined on screen. Cand. Richard Gephardt's campaign noted making plagiarism allegations just as Biden began chairing Robert Bork confirmation hearings. [Senator Alan SIMPSON - encourages Biden.] [Senator Dennis DeCONCINI, candidate Paul SIMON - defense Biden's integrity.] [August 23, 1987, BIDEN - repeats British Labor party candidate Neil Kinnock speech as his own.] [In television commercial, KINNOCK - gives original speech.] [Today, BIDEN - acknowledges he should have credited Kinnock; claims August 23rd incident was only time he failed to do so.] [August 1987, BIDEN - gives same Kinnock speech in separate incident.] [Consultant Harrison HICKMAN - considers possible effect on Biden's cand.]
(Studio: Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl) Potential implications of such incidents on President cands. considered; Jesse Jackson's problems with anti-Semitic remark cited as example