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Panama / Noriega / United States Role #321343

CBS Evening News for Monday, May 23, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Vice President George Bush and Republican right wing reported escalating criticism of President Reagan's negotiations with Panamanian general Manuel Noriega. Reagan aides quoted. Report introduced.

(DC: Bill Plante) Reagan reported sending envoy back to Panama to make deal with Noriega. [REAGAN - comments on making deal.] Undersecretary of State Michael Armacost quoted on screen. [Senator Robert DOLE - compares Noriega to Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini.] [Representative Henry HYDE - comments on Noriega issue.] Sources quoted with regard to Reagan's desire to get Noriega out of Panama.

(DC: Bob Schieffer) Bush and Treasury Secretary James Baker reported opposing plan to drop drug indictments against Noriega. [Pol. analyst William SCHNEIDER - says Michael Dukakis is using issue against Bush.] Bush aides quoted with regard to his need to show independent from President [Representative Jim LEACH - comments on Bush.] Dilemmas facing Vice President who is also political candidate discussed.

(Studio: Dan Rather; DC: Bob Schieffer) Books written by ex-White House aides and Noriega issue noted harming Bush's campaign

Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan;
Schieffer, Bob

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