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Campaign '88 / Bush / Iran/Contra Scandal #711737

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 26, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) President Reagan quoted regarding Vice President George Bush's involvement in Iran/Contra scandal. Mtg. in which Secretary of State George Shultz protested arms for hostages swap mentioned. Report introduced.

(DC: Bill Plante) President Reagan reported contradicting White House records by denying Vice President George Bush's presence at January 1986 meeting in which Secretary of State George Shultz &Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger objected to arms for hostages swap. [REAGAN - says Bush not present at meeting] Shultz, Weinberger, Attorney General Edwin Meese and former White House chief of staff Don. Regan's testimony reviewed. Shultz' testimony to Tower commission quoted on screen. [Last night BUSH - says doesn't remember being present.] [This morning SHULTZ - says Bush was present.] Reagan's selective recollections discussed. [On March 4, 1987, REAGAN - comments on failure to remember certain details.] [On December 16, 1986, former White House spokesperson Larry SPEAKES - says Reagan wants full story to be told.] Confidence between Reagan and Bush discussed. [REAGAN - defends right to private conversations between President and Vice President] Impact of situation upon campaign '88 discussed.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Des Moines, Iowa: Bruce Morton) Dan Rather's interview with Vice President George Bush discussed; details given, scenes shown. Des Moines, Iowa's, KCCI TV-8 reported being flooded with calls regarding interview. Stn. officials quoted regarding perceptions of Bush after interview. Radio station WHO talk show featured. [Disc jockey Lee MARTIN - comments on how Bush interview perceived.] President cands.' reactions to interview noted. [Cand. Jack KEMP - comments on interview.] [Cand. Alexander HAIG - says Bush needs to resolve issue.] [Cand. Robert DOLE - says interview too long.] Bush shown campaign in Cheyenne, Wyoming. [BUSH - comments on interview.] Impact of interview upon Bush campaign discussed. [Pol. consultant David GARTH - says Bush was grace under pressure in interview.] [Pol. consultant Robert SQUIER - says interview helped Bush.] Bush's attack upon "Des Moines Register" editor James Gannon during debate recalled. [BUSH - attacks Gammon.] campaign. sources quoted regarding Bush strategy. Reporter Terence Smith's conversation with Bush dir. Lee Atwater mentioned; Atwater quoted.

(Studio: Dan Rather) CBS News noted claiming it did not mislead Vice President George Bush regarding interview topic; details given. Media's role in United States pols. discussed. Iowa poll results given. Robert Dole's financial questions mentioned. Report introduced.

(Des Moines, Iowa: Bob Schieffer) Robert Dole's campaign strategies noted. [DOLE - campaigns.] Dole's questionable financial dealings discussed. Former admin. assistant Mitchell Pettit reported lobbying Small Bus. Admin. for another Dole staff member John Palmer. [PETTIT - explains actions.] Palmer's co., EDP Enterprises, Incorporated, reported providing food to soldiers in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Dole reported being unaware that aide David Owen was being paid consulting retainer by company Owen noted being financial advisor to Elizabeth Dole's blind trust. [DOLE - comments on Owen's actions.] Owen reported using money from Elizabeth Dole's trust to purchase Kansas City, Missouri, office building; details given, scenes shown. [DOLE - defends position.] Dole's embarrassment noted.

Morton, Bruce;
Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan;
Schieffer, Bob

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