NBC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 04, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Reagan reported continue to support Nicaraguan Contras. Report introduced.
(DC: Chris Wallace) President and Nancy Reagan shown morning after Contra aid defeat in Congress [REAGAN - says will still try to help Contras.] Reagan reported meeting with Secretary of State George Shultz, White House chief of staff Howard Baker and national security advisor Colin Powell. [White House spokesperson Marlin FITZWATER - warns Nicaragua not to renig on peace.] [Contra leader Adolfo CALERO - cites optimism.] White House officials quoted regarding Contra aid defeat in Congress White House statement quoted on screen. White House officials quoted regarding private means of supporting Contras. [Contra supporter L. Francis BOUCHEY - says plans to sell war bonds.] Contra aid protestors shown disrupting press conf. [Senator Edward KENNEDY - says Contra aid is dead.] [Senator Phil GRAMM - disagrees with Kennedy.] White House officials quoted regarding situation.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Impact of Congress vote upon Nicaraguan President Dan. Ortega Saavedra discussed. Report introduced.
(Managua, Nicaragua: Ed Rabel) Ortega quoted regarding Congress vote. [ORTEGA - (thru translator) says vote meaningless until President Reagan stops supporting Contras.] Ortega quoted regarding further Contra aid. [Contra leader Alfonso ROBELO - comments on USSR -supported Sandinistas.] Ortega reported ordering troops to maintain offensive. [Sandinista SOLDIER - (thru translator) comments on optimism.] [MANAGUANS - (thru translator) comment on Contra aid defeat.] Opposition leaders shown marching to assembly to demand constitutional reforms. [Opposition leader Virgilio GODOY - says doesn't trust Sandinista government] Sandinista promises recalled made during last week's Contra talks.
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