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Campaign '88 / Haig Withdrawal / Dole #560675

NBC Evening News for Friday, Feb 12, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Vice President George Bush reported experiencing political difficulties. Cands. Robert Dole and Pat Robertson mentioned. Alexander Haig reported announcing end of presidential campaign Haig noted endorsing Dole and criticizing Bush. Reports introd.

(Manchester, New Hampshire: Bob Kur) Haig aides quoted regarding Dole endorsement. [HAIG -praises Dole and attacks Bush.] [DOLE - indicates pleasure over Haig's support.] Haig and Bush's difficult history discussed. Haig noted wanting to head Reagan administration's crisis management team in 1981 and lost opportunity to Bush. Haig mentioned blaming James Baker for keeping him from Reagan. Haig's book quoted on screen. Haig aides quoted regarding Dole endorsement and Bush attack. [On December 1, 1987, HAIG - asks Bush about Iran/Contra scandal.] Haig's image problems noted.

(Manchester, New Hampshire: Lisa Myers) Bush shown walking in snow. [BUSH - says wasn't surprised by Haig's endorsement of Dole.] Bush aides' fears and strategies discussed; scenes shown. [BUSH - says won't raise taxes.] Bush quoted regarding Dole's economy proposals. [BUSH - attacks Dole's economy views and comments on own personality.] Bush aide quoted regarding cand.'s refusal to broadcast negative advertising about Dole.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Cands. Pat Robertson and Jack Kemp featured. President Reagan's disapproval of Republicans discommending each other noted. Report introduced.

(DC: Chris Wallace) Kemp reported fulminating against Robertson in DC. [KEMP - accuses Robertson of violating ninth commandment.] Robertson's campaign material regarding Kemp quoted on screen and discussed. [ROBERTSON - blames distribution on vol.] [Biblical News Service spokesperson David BALSIGER - comments on distortion of material.] [ROBERTSON - says Kemp's desperate.] Robert Dole and Vice President George Bush mentioned. Robertson TV ad shown. "Wall Street Journal" article quoted on screen. [ROBERTSON - defends actions.] Kemp reported not being able to afford New Hampshire loss.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Cands. Richard Gephardt and Paul Simon featured. Michael Dukakis mentioned. Simon quoted regarding Gephardt's voting on President Reagan's tax cuts. Gephardt quoted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Kur, Bob;
Myers, Lisa;
Wallace, Chris

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