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Panama / Noriega Issue / Bush Campaign #562293

NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 19, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Reagan's plan to drop drug indictments against Manuel Antonio Noriega if he will leave Panama mentioned. Impact of administration stance noted harming Vice President George Bush in polls. Report introduced.

(DC: Ken Bode) Bush reported distancing himself from Reagan. [BUSH - says wants to see Noriega brought to justice.] Poll results noted indicating that Michael Dukakis leading Bush substantially. [BUSH - says doesn't worry about polls.] Gallup and state poll results illustration [Bush campaign manager Lee ATWATER - comments on smugness.] White House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater quoted on screen re: Bush's opinion. [Democrat pollster Peter HART - comments on Bush.] Bush noted receiving little recognition for positive contributions of administration and being blamed for problems. [Ex-Reagan campaign manager Ed ROLLINS - comments on Bush.] Bush's campaign problems discussed.

Bode, Ken;
Brokaw, Tom

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