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Campaign '88 / Bush / Iran/Contra Scandal #558911

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 26, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(NYC: Lisa Myers) Vice President George Bush shown campaign in Cheyenne, Wyoming, day after interview with CBS anchor Dan Rather. [BUSH - comments on interview.] [RATHER -comments on interview.] Bush quoted regarding interview. Interview format discussed. [Last night BUSH - condemns interview as misrepresentation.] [RATHER and BUSH - argue.] [BUSH - refers to Rather's refusal to broadcast] [RATHER - closes interview.] Bush headquarters noted being flooded with calls. [Bush campaign spokesperson Rich BOND - describes calls.] CBS affiliates and New York City center reported receiving angry calls. [KIRO television in Seattle, WA, RECEPTIONIST - explains how computer overloaded.] [Executive CBS News producer Tom BETTAG - defends CBS' stance.] Letter requesting Bush interview quoted on screen. Network spokesperson quoted. [RATHER - comments on interview and Iran/Contra scandal.] [Pol. analyst Kevin PHILLIPS - declares Bush winner.] Bush aides quoted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(DC: John Dancy) Iran/Contra scandal reported haunting Vice President George Bush's campaign [BUSH - dismisses questions.] Bush's role in Iran/Contra scandal reviewed. [BUSH - discusses position.] Bush's meeting with Israeli anti- terrorism expert Amiram Nir recalled; scenes shown. [BUSH - comments on Nir.] Bush aide Craig Fuller's memo noted contradicting Bush's stmts. Fuller's comments regarding meeting quoted. Hostage Lawrence Jenco reported being released before meeting Fuller's memo quoted on screen. Time at which Bush knew of arms for hostages swap speculated. [On July 23, 1987, Secretary of State George SHULTZ - mentions Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and himself were only ones against arms for hostages swap.] [Last night BUSH - says may have left room when Shultz objected.] [Former White House chief of staff Don. REGAN - says doesn't remember anyone at meeting being apoplectic.] [President REAGAN - says Bush wasn't present at meeting] Issue's unresolved nature noted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Dancy, John;
Myers, Lisa

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