NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 18, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Pollsters reported identifying drugs as major campaign issue. Michael Dukakis reported leading Vice President George Bush in polls. Bush reported distancing himself from Reagan policy. Reports introd.
(New London, Connecticut: Andrea Mitchell) President Reagan shown addressing Coast Guard Academy grads. [REAGAN - comments on pols. and drug war.] Reagan reported praising Bush and criticizing Congress for cutting Coast Guard's budget. Democrat poll results with regard to drug issue given. [White House pollster Richard WIRTHLIN - comments on drug issue.] [Senator Christopher DODD - comments on drug war.] [Senator Lowell WEICKER - criticizes Senators] [Senator Alfonse D'AMATO - says another drug task force not enough.] Drug issue noted not likely to be removed from election year pols.
(Los Angeles, California: Lisa Myers) Bush shown touring crack house Bush aide quoted with regard to Vice President's rejection of deal to oust general Manuel Antonio Noriega by dropping drug indictments. [BUSH - says won't bargain with terrorists.] Bush noted intimating would be tougher in drug war than Reagan. [BUSH - says his Vice President would lead anti-drug cncl.] Bush's drug policy outlined. [BUSH - comments on drugs in foreign countries.] Bush campaign aides noted worried with regard to Michael Dukakis' apparent lead in polls.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Legalization of drugs discussion at broadcast's conclusion announced.