This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Preview of tonight's president debate between Vice President George Bush and Governor Michael Dukakis given; scenes shown from Wake Forest Univ. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Report introduced.
(Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Brit Hume) Bush's preparations for debate featured; scenes shown. [BUSH - says he's relaxed; discusses important of debate.] Bush shown debating vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro in 1984. [On "This Wk.", Bush campaign chairperson James BAKER - downplays Bush's abilities as debater.]
(Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Jackie Judd) Preparations by Dukakis for debate featured; scenes shown. [DUKAKIS - says debate is long overdue.] Dukakis campaign strategy for debate outlined. [Dukakis issue director Chris EDLEY - explains Dukakis' goals.] [On "This Wk.", Dukakis campaign advisor Theodore SORENSEN - says Dukakis will ask Bush certain questions.] Ronald Reagan's debate problems recalled.
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Details of debate hardware explained; scenes shown. Report introduced.
(Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Jim Wooten) Impt. of "little things" in previous pres. debates featured; details given, photos and scenes shown, audio played from debates. [Communications consultant Jack HILTON - calls this debate a "parallel press conf."] [President debate project spokesperson Newton MINOW - discusses debate format.] Debate journalists Peter Jennings, John Mashek, Anne Groer and moderator Jim Lehrer named; procedure outlined on screen. [HILTON - says it's not spontaneous.] [Author/historian Joel SWERDLOW - says more debates are needed.]
(Studio: Sam Donaldson, Peter Jennings, David Brinkley) Discussion of what people will be looking for from debate held. 1960 debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon recalled. Format of tonight's debate detailed. President Reagan's performance in 1984 debate recalled.
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Postponement of space shuttle Discovery countdown reported; response from NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) given.
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Status of Hurricane Helene reported
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Death of Billy Carter from cancer reported
(Atlanta, Georgia: Al Dale) Billy Carter's career featured; details given of controversies raised by Billy; scenes shown of Billy and brother President Jimmy Carter. [In August 1980, Billy CARTER - says he doesn't tell brother how to run cntry.] [On "Good Morning American" in Apr., 1988, Billy CARTER - discusses illness.]
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Anecdote about Billy Carter's gas station detailed.
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.
(Studio: Ray Gandolf) Baseball game between Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees reported; scenes shown from SportsChannel. Pro football games between Buffalo Bills-Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers reported; scenes shown from CBS Sports. Injuries to quarterbacks Chris Miller and Wade Wilson noted. Dangerous life of pro football quarterback featured; details given, scenes shown of injuries to various quarterbacks. [Player Bernie KOSAR, coach Marty SCHOTTENHEIMER, "The Sporting News" writer Hal LEBOVITZ, Cleveland Browns owner Art MODELL - discuss injuries to quarterbacks.] Scenes shown from ABC Sports of Browns playing game with third string quarterback. [Quarterback Mike PAGEL - comments.] [SCHOTTENHEIMER - comments on quarterbacks' salaries.]
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.
(Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Rebecca Chase) State of North Carolina featured; details given, scenes shown of state's self-promotion. Org. of campaign to attract debate to Wake Forest Univ. detailed. [Student body president Mike SMITH - comments on impt. of debate.] [Governor Jim MARTIN - discusses state's optimism.] [David FITZGERALD - discusses economy] Problems faced by North Carolina's textile industry detailed. [Workers Belva HAYES, John ENOCH - talk about employment] [University of North Carolina professor Merle BLACK - says many people have not decided between Vice President George Bush and Governor Michael Dukakis.] [Voter Chris BOWMAN - says he doesn't have strong conviction in this election]
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Coverage of debate announced.