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Reagan / News Conference Follow-Up #555256

NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 20, 1987
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Senator Mark Hatfield's reaction to President Reagan's news conference last night quoted as representative that of nation

(DC: Chris Wallace) Reaction here to Reagan's performance featured; scenes shown. [John TOWER, Governor Mario CUOMO - praise event.] [Senator Tom HARKIN - criticizes basis on which Reagan's news conferences are judged.] [Last night, REAGAN - explains lying earlier about Israel's role in Iran arms operation.] [November 19, 1986, REAGAN - claims administration has never condoned arms shipments from other countries; denies role of any foreign cntry.] [Last night, REAGAN - explains meeting with private Contra contributors.] Inconsistency in President's version of Contra fundraising aspect of affair noted illustrated by memorandums of Colonel Oliver North and John Poindexter regarding their briefings of President on issue; portions quoted on screen.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(DC: Tom Pettit) President's denial last night that Vice President George Bush opposed Iran arms operation noted; scenes shown. [Last night, REAGAN - denies Bush objected.] [Feb. 18, 1987, BUSH - claims he expressed reservations.] [Today, REAGAN - claims satisfaction with Bush's advice.] [March 5, 1987, BUSH - doesn't consider loyalty a character flaw.] [Today, REAGAN - claims Bush always supported him.] Later statement issued by White House press spokesperson outlined on screen. [March 16, 1987, BUSH - doesn't consider his campaign tarnished.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Pettit, Tom;
Wallace, Chris

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