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Nicaragua / Contra Aid #560977

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 03, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Congress vote on Contra aid announced. President Reagan's Contra request illustration Reagan quoted. Report introduced.

(DC: John Dancy) Reagan's late compromise offer noted gaining Congress votes. Representative William Goodling shown watching Reagan's address. [GOODLING - comments on helping write compromise speech.] [Last night, REAGAN - comments on compromise.] [GOODLING - discusses own stance on issue.] Democratic leaders reported dismissing compromise. [Representative Thomas FOLEY - says administration in trouble.] Compromise noted being issue during Congress debate. [Representative David BONIOR - criticizes offer.] Anti-Contra demonstrators shown disrupting debate. Contra aid noted being long-debated topic in Congress [Representative Mel LEVINE - comments on Central American's future.] [Representative Charles STENHOLM - comments on Central American communism] Contra leader Adolfo Calero shown seeking votes in Congress Democratic leaders quoted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw; DC: Chris Wallace) White House officials quoted regarding Contra aid vote. Pvt. funding possibilities discussed. President Reagan noted planning to meet with White House chief of staff Howard Baker and national security advr. Colin Powell if vote lost. White House official noted asserting there will be no more Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North ventures for Contras. Reagan's determination emphasized.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Managua, Nicaragua: Ed Rabel) Impt. of United States aid to Contras discussed; details given, scenes shown. Contra strategies outlined. Contra soldier's career featured. Contra families shown attempting to attain food in Honduras. Contras quoted. Sandinista position noted. Nicaraguan economy discussed; details given, scenes shown. Injured Sandinista soldiers shown. Orphaned twin brothers Omar and Carlos shown. Ravages of war noted won't be rectified by Contra aid.

Reporter(s):
Brokaw, Tom;
Dancy, John;
Rabel, Ed
Duration:
00:07:10

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