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Bush / Tower / Appointment / Alcohol Stmt. #567106

NBC Evening News for Monday, Feb 27, 1989
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Bush reported maintaining his support of Defense Secretary- designate John Tower's nomination Report introduced.

(DC: Andrea Mitchell) Senators reported reading latest FBI report with regard to Tower. [Yesterday, TOWER - pledges not to drink alcohol if his nomination is approved.] [Senator Trent LOTT - comments on Tower.] Senator Dan. Inouye quoted with regard to Tower's pledge. [Senators John BREAUX, Charles ROBB - comment.] [Senator Christopher DODD - comments on Bush's efforts to ensure his vote for Tower.] Bush noted also phoning Senator Lloyd Bentsen. [Vice President Dan QUAYLE - comments on situation.] Senator John McCain quoted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Senator Sam Nunn reported suggesting that Tower submit to independent medical evaluation with regard to his drinking habits. Report introduced.

(Studio: Robert Bazell) Tower's doctor's statement quoted on screen. Existing alcohol tests discussed. [Dr. Marc SCHUCKIT - comments on tests.] [TOWER - says he doesn't need more medical evaluation.] Tower's pledge to stop drinking discussed. [Addiction specialist Dr. Max SCHNEIDER - says people who don't have drinking problems can drink socially.] [Addiction specialist Dr. Nicholas PACE - comments on Tower.]

Bazell, Robert;
Brokaw, Tom;
Mitchell, Andrea

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