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Bush Transition / Defense Department / Cabinet #560250

NBC Evening News for Friday, Dec 16, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(DC: Andrea Mitchell) President-elect George Bush reported appting. ex-Senator John Tower as defense secretary-designate. [BUSH, TOWER - comment on checks into latter's background.] [Ex-defense secretary Harold BROWN - comments on budget problems and defense spending.] Problems facing Tower listed; Stealth bomber, midgetman missiles and SDI/Star Wars mentioned. [BUSH - praises Tower.] Tower's role as Senator Armed Services chairperson recalled; scenes shown. [Representative Leon PANETTA - comments on Tower's position as defense consultant.] [Brookings Institution spokesperson Lawrence KORB - comments.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw; DC: Andrea Mitchell) Remaining cabinet positions discussed. Jack Kemp noted expected to be named chairperson of HUD, Samuel Skinner reported being chosen to head Trans. Department and Dr. Louis Sullivan said to be choice for Health and Human Services director Elizabeth Dole mentioned unlikely to receive cabinet post.

Brokaw, Tom;
Mitchell, Andrea

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