Three items today:
But first, a quick correction:
The quote from the CBS Evening News cited in yesterday's CyberAlert was
incorrectly attributed to Bill Plante. In fact, the quote came from Phil
Wednesday night's debate reporters worried about Dole's more
aggressive plan. NBC's Matt Lauer said it meant the campaign "is now
getting meaner." On CBS, Phil Jones worried that in a "town
meeting" format, Dole may be seen as "being too mean." Dan
Rather warned that Dole planned to unload a "carpet bombing on
2. On Face
the Nation, Bob Schieffer asked if Dole's tax cut proposal is
responsible for "the economic mess that the country is in."
3. A quiz
question: A man identified as a "Democratic strategist" has
been making the rounds of TV shows to provide the pro-Clinton spin. He is
married to which network correspondent who is covering the Clinton
Today show news anchor Matt Lauer opened the 7am newscast on Wednesday
(October 16) by blaming Dole for causing a mean campaign. As transcribed
by MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens: "Good morning everyone. The last
debate of the national political campaign is on tap for tonight in San
Diego. Bob Dole is not waiting for that debate to attack Bill Clinton's
ethics. With more on a campaign that is now getting meaner, NBC's Kelly
O'Donnell is standing by live in San Diego."
CBS Evening News, reporter Phil Jones showed a clip of him shouting
questions about debate strategy at Bob Dole as Dole got into his car:
Jones: "Do you worry about it backfiring if you get into
Dole shook his head, and Jones then explained:
attacking the President could be risky for Mr. Dole because of the
debate format. The candidates will be facing voters who are asking the
questions, not a reporter. Mr. Dole has never been able to shed that
image of a hatchet man that he got back in his 1976 vice presidential
debate and the last thing he needs tonight is a boo, a hiss, or a gasp
from one of the questioners who thinks he's being too mean."
next story from Rita Braver on the Clinton beat, Rather asked: "Rita,
true or untrue that they're preparing for a kind of carpet bombing on
Most analysts suggest that Dole's 15 percent tax cut plan has not been a
more effective campaign issue because people don't believe he'll follow
through. Not Bob Schieffer. He thinks Dole's problem is that people
believe he's committed to the supply-side theory behind the plan.
On the October 6
Face the Nation, Schieffer asked Ross Perot: "You mentioned the
economic mess that the country is in. The keystone of the Dole campaign at
this point seems to be a 15 percent across the board tax cut. That seems
to go against a lot of the things that Senator Dole has said in the past.
I know that you personally would not have gone in that direction. But do
you think that is one of the reasons that the Dole campaign is running
behind as it is now? What do you think of the 15 percent tax cut? Is it at
all realistic? Could that be done?"
Quiz answer: Rita Braver, the White House correspondent for CBS News. Her
husband: Bob Barnett, a Washington lawyer who played George Bush in mock
debates with Bill Clinton in 1992. In addition to Clinton, he served as a
debate coach for Michael Dukakis and Walter Mondale. Wednesday night he
appeared on CNN both before and after the debate, identified on screen as
a "Democratic strategist."
Rita Braver gets the Clinton spin at work and at home.
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