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Panama / Noriega / Campaign '88 / Bush and Drug Issue #321604

CBS Evening News for Monday, May 09, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Vice President George Bush reported defending actions concerning Panamanian general Manuel Antonio Noriega's drug deals. Reports introd.

(DC: Bob Schieffer) Bush reported denying that he was briefed re: Noriega's drug activity. [Ex-amb. to Panama Everett BRIGGS - says didn't brief Bush because had no evidence then.] Bush. spokesperson quoted. [Ex-Reagan advisor Edward ROLLINS - comments on Bush.] Rollins noted urging Bush to clarify foreign policy stance. [Jesse JACKSON - campaigns.] [Bush campaign manager Lee ATWATER - says issue will fade.] Reagan administration strategists reported considering dropping drug indictments against Noriega so he would resign.

(Panama City, Panama: Wyatt Andrews) Noriega's tenacity featured. [Pol. scientist William LeoGRANDE - says situation disastrous for US.] Changing United States policy with regard to Panama discussed. [Carnegie Endowment spokesperson James CHACE - comments on situation.] Ferdinand Marcos and Jean-Claude Duvalier reported being forced out of power when United States pressured them to leave countries. Panamanian military noted more powerful than in Philippines or Haiti. [LeoGRANDE - says opposition to Noriega overset.] State Department and Pentagon arguments with regard to situation noted aiding Noriega; arguments listed, ousted President Eric Delvalle mentioned. [Panamanian ambassador to United States Juan SOSA - comments on situation.] Opposition noted losing hope that Noriega will be removed. [Opposition leader Aurelio BARRIA - criticizes US.] United States noted losing credibility.

Andrews, Wyatt;
Rather, Dan;
Schieffer, Bob

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