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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Davenport, Iowa: Bruce Morton) Senator Joseph Biden's Iowa and New Hampshire trips today to thank campaign workers noted; scenes shown. Importance of debates in US pres. elecs. reviewed; Ronald Reagan's clash with George Bush at New Hampshire debate recalled. [1980, REAGAN - appropriates microphone as his since he paid for it.] [1984, Walter MONDALE - uses "where's the beef" line in debate with Gary Hart.] Intensity of debate schedule in this campaign described. [Bush campaign manager Lee ATWATER - expects large number forgettable debates this year] [Democrat political consultant Harrison HICKMAN - cites format's importance for cand.'s vanity, public exposure.] Bruce Babbitt's rehearsal shown. [During debate, BABBITT - gives final version of speech.] [Jesse JACKSON, Albert GORE, Paul SIMON, BABBITT, Richard GEPHARDT, Michael DUKAKIS - debate airline deregulation.] [MAN - comments.]
- Morton, Bruce;
- Rather, Dan
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