CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 04, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) President Reagan's Contra aid package reported failing to pass Congress vote. Democrat package discussed. White House officials quoted regarding President Reagan's view of defeat. Report introduced.
(DC: Bill Plante) President and Nancy Reagan shown attending prayer breakfast. [REAGAN - says will help Contras.] [White House spokesperson Marlin FITZWATER - asserts Reagan's view of vote.] Reagan's options illustration Senator shown debating Contra aid issue; details given. [Senator Bill BRADLEY - criticizes Reagan.] Fitzwater quoted regarding Iran/Contra scandal and Reagan's refusal to seek Contra aid from third world countries.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Nicaraguan President Dan. Ortega Saavedra quoted regarding Contra aid defeat and Reagan's aggressive policies. Report introduced.
(Managua, Nicaragua: Juan Vasquez) Impact of failed Contra aid package upon Nicaraguans in Managua discussed. [ORTEGA - (thru translator) criticizes Reagan.] Ortega noted claiming wants peace, but not at expense of revolution. [MEN - (thru translator) say vote means chance for peace.] [WOMAN - (thru translator) says was counting upon United States to deliver from communism] [Opposition leader Ramiro GURDIAN - predicts worst.] Sandinista supporters shown demonstrating. Saint urchins shown viewing propaganda film at Museum of Revolution.