NBC Evening News for Friday, Feb 24, 1989
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Senator Armed Services Committee reported rejecting Defense Secretary-designate John Tower's nomination Report introduced.
(Tokyo, Japan: John Cochran) Tower situation noted embarrassing for President Bush; details given, scenes shown. [BUSH - defends Tower.] White House chief of staff John Sununu noted discussing matter with Tower. [White House spokesperson Marlin FITZWATER - comments on situation.] Bush's strategy to persuade Senators to vote for Tower discussed. Bush quoted with regard to FBI's investigation of Tower; Senator Sam Nunn mentioned. [FITZWATER - comments on report] [BUSH - comments on partisanship.] Tower's likely rejection by Senator noted viewed as pol. blunder by Bush.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(DC: Andrea Mitchell) Republican strategists quoted with regard to Tower nomination [Senator Robert DOLE - says Tower nomination is still alive; quotes Senator Sam Nunn.] [NUNN - defends his actions with regard to Tower.] [Senator David BOREN - urges Tower to withdraw from consideration.] Senators John Breaux and Spark Matsunaga noted asserting that they will oppose Tower's nomination, while Senator Lloyd Bentsen remains undecided. [Former Senator Howard BAKER - comments on Senator Christopher Dodd's loyalty to Tower.] [Senator Howell HEFLIN - comments on treatment from White House] [DOLE - urges Republicans to support President] Vice President Dan Quayle noted lobbying Senators for Bush.