NBC Evening News for Sunday, Jun 11, 1989
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(Studio: Garrick Utley) Growth of negative pols. noted; cases of attacks on John Tower and Representative Thomas Foley cited. Report introduced.
(DC: Douglas Kiker) Attempt by Republicans to link Foley with homosexuality reported; details given of efforts by Representative Newt Gingrich's staff assistant, Karen Van Brocklin, and Republican national committee communications director Mark Goodin to do so. [In interview prior to his election as speaker, FOLEY - says there is no misconduct in his background.] [Senator Robert DOLE - discusses inference in Republican national committee memo.] [Ex-Democratic national chairperson Robert STRAUSS - calls it dirty pols.] [Representative Robert MICHEL - comments.] Reactions of Goodin, Gingrich, Republican national committee chairperson Lee Atwater to aftermath of memo detailed. [President BUSH - comments on Atwater.] [STRAUSS - criticizes Atwater.] [DOLE, STRAUSS, MICHEL - comment on distastefulness of incident.] Atwater and Bush shown playing guitars.
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