CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 02, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(DC: Phil Jones) Opposing sides of Contra aid issue featured; details given, scenes shown. [Senator Christopher DODD - comments on situation.] Undecided Congress leaders reported being summoned to White House by President Reagan. [Representative Carroll HUBBARD - says will side with Reagan instead of Nicaraguan President Dan. Ortega Saavedra.] Various demonstrations shown. [Representative Richard RAY - urges increase aid to Contras.] [Representative Edward MARKEY - condemns Contra aid.] [Representative Tony COELHO - says will defeat proposed aid.] Democratic leaders quoted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) President Reagan's television address announced. CBS, NBC, and ABC noted declining to broadcast speech. Reagan aides and network officials quoted. Nicaraguan death toll resulting from civil war given. Report introduced.
(Managua, Nicaragua: Juan Vasquez) Nicaraguan family shown after home destroyed by Sandinista mortar meant for Contras; details given of child being injured. Nicaragua noted having one orthopedic hospital; details given, scenes shown. [Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jorge SEQUEIRA - (thru translator) describes maiming and public opinion polls. Opposition efforts featured. Opposition newspaper "La Prensa" and Catholic radio noted openly defying government [Opposition leader Mario RAPPACCIOLI - comments on situation.] Nicaraguan President Dan. Ortega Saavedra shown arriving from trip to Europe. Sandinista protest shown. [For. minister spokesperson Alejandro BENDANA - comments on situation.] Impact of Congress Contra aid vote on Nicaraguans discussed.