NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 16, 1984
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(Studio) Walter Mondale's description of Vice President George Bush as political hit-and-run driver due to latter's allegation that Mondale said Marines died in Beirut in shame quoted.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(California) Indications that Reagan reelec. campaign staff is concerned about Bush's campaign said evident in Lyn Nofziger's presence aboard Bush campaign plane and decrd. accessibility of Vice President to press; campaign director Edward Rollins mentioned monitoring Bush's attempt to joke about his and wife Barbara Bush's rhetoric in regards to Geraldine Ferraro. [BUSH - jokes about their profanity.] Bush, continuing to refuse to apologize to Mondale-Ferraro for remark about Marines, said unable to find supporting evidence for his allegation about Democrats [BUSH - quotes "Webster's International Dictionary" in effort to justify his debate comment; quotes "American Heritage Dictionary"; attacks Ferraro's ignorance.] [MONDALE - considers Bush a political hit-and-run driver; explains.] Vice President's current campaign strategy described.
REPORTER: John Severson
(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Illinois) Orchestration of Reagan's campaign examined; staff's use of stagecraft noted. [Advance director Bill HENKEL - explains looking for imagery in campaign appearances.] Henkel recalled holding same position with Richard Nixon's campaign [Advance staff Jim KUHN - cites need to avoid any surprise problems.] [STUDENT - describes coaching he was given to assure President understood question during appearance at HS.] [Reagan Illinois campaign spokesperson Ed MURNANE - expects good media show.] Cost of Illinois appearance outlined. [REAGAN - jokes about age factor.]
REPORTER: Chris Wallace