NBC Evening News for Sunday, Feb 07, 1988
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(Studio: Garrick Utley) Report introduced.
(Studio: Ken Bode) Issue of campaign spending limits in Iowa presidential campaign featured; tactics used to get around spending cap detailed. [Michael Dukakis STAFFER - explains working for candidate on vacation.] Representative Richard Gephardt's strategy of charging campaign expenses to Missouri, not Iowa, detailed. [Pol. analyst Robert BECKEL - explains loopholes and necessity of overspending.] Expenditures in '84 by Walter Mondale detailed; Federal Election Commission mentioned. [Federal Election Commission chairperson Thomas JOSEFIAK - explains how rules are enforced.] [BECKEL - says if you don't win in Iowa and New Hampshire, you don't stay alive.] Use of border state loopholes defined. [Dukakis campaign manager Susan ESTRICK - says staff obeys laws.] Methods used by Bush campaign manager Rich Bond and Vice President George Bush to use border state loopholes detailed; scenes shown. Accusation that Gephardt is blowing spending cap in order to win reported [Simon campaign manager Brian LUNDE - says evidence indicates Gephardt camp has run red light.] Gephardt's television ads shown. Charges against Gephardt by Senator Paul Simon noted. [Gephardt campaign manager Bill CARRICK - calls allegations crazy.]