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Campaign '88 / Biden Withdrawal #317699

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 23, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(DC: Lesley Stahl) Senator Joseph Biden's withdrawal from 1988 Democrat race due to growing question of his character as result of plagiarism revelation and his uncredited use of others' speeches reported [BIDEN - announces decision.] ["Des Moines Register" reporter David YEPSEN - recalls another cand.'s aide giving him videotape of Biden's appropriation of British political Neil Kinnock's speech.] [BIDEN - conts. announcement.] [American Enterprise Institution spokesperson William SCHNEIDER - cites number campaigns. with access to videotape in question.] White House said doing opposition research on Biden in anticipation of his chairperson of Senator Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork; details given. White House official Joseph Rotoda's response outlined. [Senator Strom THURMOND - praises Biden.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Potential impact on other President cands. of Biden's withdrawal examined; details given, scenes shown. [Cands. Jesse JACKSON, Richard GEPHARDT, Michael DUKAKIS - praise Biden.] Gary Hart's withdrawal recalled. [Pol. historian Henry GRAFF - cites impact on pols. now of instant communication technology.] [George ROMNEY - notes pols. is a glass house] Romney's withdrawal from 1968 race recalled. ["Time" magazine spokesperson William HENRY - thinks such incidents indicate system works; explains.] [Paul SIMON - questions trend of campaigns. to focus on trivia rather than main issues.]

(Studio: Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer) Implications for other Democrat cands. of Biden's withdrawal considered; Mario Cuomo mentioned.

Rather, Dan;
Schieffer, Bob;
Stahl, Lesley

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