University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Presidential Election of 1988 Study Collection, 1984-1992



Descriptive Summary

Creator Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
Title: Presidential Election of 1988 Study Collection,
Dates: 1984-1992
Abstract The Presidential Election Study was conducted from 1989-1992, to analyze campaign organizations, issues, personalities, events, and finances, as well as voting and polling results in primaries, caucuses, conventions, and the general election, and the impact of party rules on the nominating process.
Extent: 65 ft., 3 in.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The Presidential Election Study, a research project of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs of The University of Texas at Austin, was conducted from 1989-1992, to analyze campaign organizations, issues, personalities, events, and finances, as well as voting and polling results in primaries, caucuses, conventions, and the general election, and the impact of party rules on the nominating process. Michael L. Gillette directed the project with a bipartisan Advisory Committee.


Scope and Contents

Interviews, newspaper clippings, printed materials, correspondence, literary productions, videocassettes, memoranda, lists, audiocassettes, and computer discs document the United States presidential campaign and election of 1988. Consists of 413 interviews of 268 campaign staff members, journalists, and candidates about the various campaigns; relevant newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and newsletters; as well as videotapes of televison news reports, political advertisements, interviews, debates, and convention activities.


 

Organization

Organized into six series: I. Interviews. II. Subject files. III. Project internal files. IV. Printed materials. V. Videocassettes. VI. Project publications.
Arranged alphabetically and chronologically by type of material.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Videocassettes may have copyright restrictions. Interview audio tape transcriptions on computer disc, and correspondence with interviewees are closed for fifty years. Some interview transcripts are closed to researchers due to restrictions placed by interviewees.


Index Terms

Bentsen, Lloyd.
Bush, George, 1924-
Dukakis, Michael S. (Michael Stanley), 1933---Interviews.
Jackson, Jesse.
Quayle, Dan, 1947-
Democratic Party (U.S.)--History--20th century--Sources.
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854-)--History--20th century--Sources.
Democratic National Convention (1988: Atlanta, Ga.)
Republican National Convention (1988: New Orleans, La.)
Electioneering--United States--History--20th century--Sources.
Politicians--United States--Interviews.
Presidential candidates--United States--History--20th century--Sources.
Presidential candidates--United States--Interviews.
Presidents--United States--Election--1988.
Presidents--United States--Nomination.
United States--Politics and government--1981-1989.

Related Material

Presidential election study series: Snapshots of the 1988 presidential election.Vol. 1, the Bush campaign; Vol. 2, the Dukakis campaign; Vol. 3, the Jackson campaign . Michael L. Gillette, ed. Austin, Tex.: Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, 1992.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Presidential Election of 1988 Study Collection, 1984-1992, The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.


 Other Authors 

Dukakis, Michael S. (Michael Stanley), 1933-

Gillette, Michael L.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 
Box
2X292-2X294 I.
INTERVIEWS, 1989-1992:
Audiocassettes [RESTRICTED]:
Master tapes
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2X295-2X297 Reference tapes
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3R32-3R34 Interview transcripts:
Computer disks [RESTRICTED]
Master disks
Backup disks
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4S1 Computer-printed copy:
Final transcripts, A-Z:
Abbot - Anuzis, S.
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4S2 Asbell - Berry
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4S3 Blakeman - Champion
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4S4 Cicconi - Devine, T.
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4S5 Doak - Fenney
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4S6 Fehr - Griffith
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4S7 Hadden - Hoffman
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4S8 Holiday - Klunzinger
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4S9 Lacy - McDiarmid
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4S10 McKeague - Nuttle
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4S11 O'Brien - Packer
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4S12 Padberg - Posthumous
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4S13 Radd - Robinson
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4S14 Rogich - Sasso
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4S15 Sawyer - Shearer, 5
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4S16 Shearer, 6 - Steel
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4S17 Steelman - Walters
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4S18 Warren - Yepsen
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4S19 - 4S45 Preliminary and restricted transcripts, A - Z [RESTRICTED]



 
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4S46 II.
SUBJECT FILES, 1984-1991:
Democratic campaign: Newspaper clippings, LEXIS/NEXIS transcriptions, printed and other materials:
Democratic National Convention:
Ron Brown, Chairman, Democratic National Committee Candidates:
Lloyd Bentsen:
General
Selection as vice presidential candidate
Texas perspective
Michael Dukakis:
General
Convention organization
Jesse Jackson:
General
Negotiations with Dukakis
Reaction to vice presidential selection
Chronology
Former President Jimmy Carter's remarks
Delegates
Editorials and analysis
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4S47 Highlights
Media
Minorities
Miscellaneous
Party and convention rules
Platform
Polls
Protests
Organization and physical aspects
Republican reaction
Speeches
Texas angle
Trivia
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4S48 National organization:
Administration:
Office materials
Personnel
General
Michael Ansara memoranda
Advertising
Budget and fundraising
Computer services
Congressional relations
Dallas Democratic Forum, February-March 1988
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4S49 Dukakis literature
Election force
Election laws
Electoral College questionnaires
Endorsements
Federal Election Commission:
Press releases, memoranda, and other materials
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2.325/D35c Oversize computer printouts
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4S49 Foreign policy
Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV) Program
Willie Horton issue
John Jameson
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4S50 Labor: Federal Election Commission computer printouts and other materials:
American Federation of Government Employees
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees
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2.325/D35c American Federation of Teachers
American Postal Workers Union
Plumbers and Pipefitters Unions
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4S50 2.325/D35c Service Employees International Union
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2.325/D35c Sheet Metal Workers Union
Box
4S50 Teamsters
Box
2.325/D35c United Steel Workers of America
Box
4S50 Conventions
Letters to the editor
Memoranda
Miscellaneous
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4S51 National Committee for an Effective Congress (NCEC)
Paraphernalia
"Party Lines"
Polling
Simulations, Campaign
Summer camp training information
State strategies:
Advertising:
Direct mail
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4S52 Phone banks
Television
County by county targeting
Budget information
Fundraising information
Primaries:
Ilinois
Iowa
Michigan
New Hampshire
New York
Pennsylvania
Southern states
Wisconsin
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4S53 General election:
California campaign
Southern campaign
Texas campaign
Washington state campaign
General campaign activities
State splits
Miscellaneous
Candidates:
Bruce Babbitt: Decision to run
Lloyd Bentsen:
Biographical information
Campaign activities
Miscellaneous
Joseph Biden:
Decision to run
Videotape incident
Mario Cuomo
Michael Dukakis:
Biographical information
Decision to run
Media issues
Box
4S54 Criticism
Post-election comments
Richard Gephardt:
Decision to run
Campaign activities
Albert Gore
Gary Hart:
Decision to run
Fundraising and finances
Jesse Jackson:
Decision to run
Activities
Box
4S55 Bob Kerrey
Pat Schroeder: Decision to run
Miscellaneous
Campaign staff members:
Dukakis staff, A - Z:
Paul Brountas - Bill Woodward
Gephardt staff:
Bill Carrick
David Doak/Bob Shrum
Terry McAuliffe
Jackson staff:
Gerald Austin
Yolanda Carraway
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4S56-4S59 Republican campaign: Newspaper clippings, LEXIS/NEXIS transcriptions, printed and other materials:
Republican National Convention:
General:
Newspaper clippings: Austin American-Statesman - Washington Post
Box
4S60 Printed materials: Magazine articles, newsletters
George Bush
Chronology
Delegates
Media
Minorities
Miscellaneous
Party rules
Platform
Dan Quayle selection as vice presidential candidate
President Ronald Reagan
Speeches
Pre-1992: Selection of Houston as site for 1992 convention, 1991
Republican National Committee list
Box
4S61 National campaign:
Strategies
Fundraising
State activities:
Iowa
Maryland
Michigan
New Hampshire
Texas
Candidates:
George Bush:
General information
Family
Fundraising
Iran-Contra investigation
Minorities
Dan Rather interview, January 25, 1988
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4S62 State campaigns:
California
New York
South Carolina
First two years in office
Robert Dole:
General information
Fundraising
Media
Wisconsin primary
Jack Kemp:
General information
Iowa primary
Pat Robertson:
General information
Freedom Council/FEC investigation
Box
2.325/D35c Oversize political advertisement
Box
4S62 Campaign staff members:
Bush staff, A - Z:
Roger Ailes - Eileen Padberg
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4S63 Jim Pinkerton - George Wittgraf
Dole staff:
Richard Collins
David Keene and Donald Devine
William Lacy
Don Ringe
Kemp staff:
Roger Stone
Robertson staff:
David Walters
General campaign information, 1986-1990:
Chronologies and indexes
Media
Polls and polling
Finances, FEC rules and regulations
Box
4S64 Activities:
Preliminaries
"Super Tuesday" results and analysis
Debates
Activities in individual states:
California
Illinois
Iowa
Michigan
Box
4S65 Ohio
South Dakota and Minnesota
Texas
Miscellaneous topics:
National economy
Reapportionment
Voting and voter apathy
Printed materials:
FEC publications
Miscellaneous publications
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4S66 Campaign documents from interviewees:
Abbott - Devine, D.
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4S67 Dole - Feeney
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4S68 Feeney - Glick
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4S69 Glick - Grady
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4S70 Grady - Long
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4S71 Luber - Rideout
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4S72 Robinson
Democratic National Convention materials, 1988
Voter registration information, 1988
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4S73 Primary election results, 1988
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2.325/D35c Chart, abstract of votes cast, 1984 general election, North Dakota
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4S73 "Democratic party rules changes, 1964-1984" compiled May 14, 1984
"Go West, 1988" survey
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4S74-4S76 Outreach to target groups:
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2.325/D35c Oversize materials:
Federal Election Commission computer printouts: Committee
Committee Indexes of Disclosure Documents
Selected Lists of Receipts and Expenditures
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2.325/OD11 Chart, fundraising by target groups
Chart, League of Women Voters, "Registration and Absentee Voting Procedures by State"
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4S77 Dukakis staff list
Gore staff resumes
Address lists
Travel information
Personal records and notes
Box
4S78 Secchia - Waymire
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2X297 Miscellaneous items from interviewees:
Farrell audiocassettes [RESTRICTED]



 
Box
4S79 III.
PROJECT INTERNAL FILES, 1989-1992:
Manuals:
Office procedures
Office information
Box
4S80 Proposals:
Budget
Grant
Project proposal
Institute of Politics
General office files:
Advisory Board acceptances
Library notices and correspondence
Box
4S81 Indexes and bibliographies of various books
Campaign name lists
Miscellaneous items
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4S82 Newspaper files:
Request checklist
Correspondence with editors
List of newspapers that sent election week editions
Interview files:
Questions
Excerpts
Statements to interviewees
List of most significant interviewees
Status reports, August 13, 1991 and October 2, 1991
Box
4S83-4S86 Correspondence with interviewees [RESTRICTED]
Box
2X299 Special projects and background studies:
"Financing Presidential Campaigns," forum, March 19, 1991:
Audiocassettes
Box
4S87 Papers
"Michigan's Importance in the Republican Nomination," paper
"Teaching U. S. History with the Great American History Machine," by David W. Miller and John Modell, article
Understanding Congress Conference, information packet
"Electing the President 1960-1988," symposium, June 21, 1988
Presidential Studies Group: Membership list, conference schedules, correspondence, and other materials
Voter participation studies
Miscellaneous speeches
Elizabeth Drew, Election Journal, pages 15-29
Robert Shogun, None of the Above: Why Presidents Fail and What Can Be Done About It, chapter 10, "Bridging the Gap"
"1988, an Early Prognosis. November 9, 1987," 8 page draft, undetermined authorship
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs:
Description and background information
Faculty list, 1990-1991
Dean Max Sherman's course "Past Presidential Elections":
Syllabus, reading list and other materials
Box
3R34 Office computer disks [RESTRICTED]



 
Box
4S88 IV.
PRINTED MATERIALS, 1987-1991:
Clippings:
Journalists:
Balzar, Busby, Drew, Farrell
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4S89 Feeney
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4S90 Hoffman, Katz, Lamke, McNeely
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4S91 McNeely, Oreskes, Toner, Yepsen
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4S92 Newspapers, A-Z:
Akron Beacon-Journal - Austin American-Statesman
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4S93 Austin American-Statesman
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4S94 Austin American-Statesman - Baltimore Sun
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4S95 Baltimore Sun
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4S96 Baltimore Sun
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4S97 Baytown Sun - Christian Science Monitor
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4S98 Christian Science Monitor - Columbus Dispatch
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4S99 Daily Oklahoman - Dallas Morning News
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4S100 Dallas Morning News - Dallas Times Herald
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4S101 Denver Post - Des Moines Register
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4S102 Detroit News - Houston Chronicle
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4S103 Houston Chronicle - Houston Post
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4S104 Houston Post
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4S105 Houston Post - Los Angeles Times
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4S106 Manchester (NH) Union Leader - New Orleans Times-Picayune
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4S107-4S109 New York Times
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4S110 Newark Star Ledger - San Francisco Chronicle
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4S111 San Francisco Chronicle - Sioux Falls Argus Leader
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4S112 St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Virginian Pilot
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4S113 Wall Street Journal
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4S114 Wall Street Journal - Washington Post
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4S115 Washington Post
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4S116 Washington Post National Weekly - Worcester Telegram/Evening Gazette
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4S117 Miscellaneous newspaper clippings
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4S118-4S119 Magazines:
Newsweek, August 1988-September 1990
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4S120-4S122 Time, March 1988-March 1990
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4S123 Miscellaneous magazines: Scattered issues of The Economist,Life,Texas Monthly,Ultra,U. S. News and World Report, and others, 1988-1991
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4S124 Newsletters:
Presidential Campaign Hotline, March-October 1988
Miscellaneous newsletters, 1988-1991



 
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2X298-2X299 V.
VIDEOCASSETTES, 1988, 1990 and undated:
News broadcasts, political advertisements, national political party conventions, debates [see attached list]



 
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4S124 VI.
PROJECT PUBLICATIONS, 1992:
Presidential Election Study Series, Snapshots of the 1988 Presidential Campaign: Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, 1992:
Volume 1 - The Bush Campaign
Volume 2 - The Dukakis Campaign
Volume 3 - The Jackson Campaign



 

Videocassette Index

  • 1. Convention Coverage, NBC News 5:30 p.m; C-Span, July 19, 1988
  • 2. Ken Swope and Associates Demo Reel, February 16, 1990
  • 3. Convention Coverage, NBC News 5:30 p.m.; C-Span, July 20, 1988
  • 4. Brokaw/Bush/C-Span/California
  • 5. MacNeil/Lehrer
  • 6. Election, CNN; MacNeil/Lehrer
  • 7 & 8. Doak & Shrum, Gephardt for President (7 spots each), January 19-20, 1988
  • 9. Dukakis Interview, NBC News; Today Show; PBS
  • 10. Republican Convention, CNN; C-Span
  • 11. Dole for President, "No Taxes," 30 second spot
  • 12. Pat Robertson, "Iowa Straw Poll Victory"
  • 13. Dukakis for President, Approved spots
  • 14. Dukakis for President, Unapproved spots
  • 15. MacNeil/Lehrer
  • 16. Democratic National Convention, July 18, 1988
  • 17. Election News, MacNeil/Lehrer
  • 18. Debate, Quayle/Bush, MacNeil/Lehrer
  • 19. NBC News
  • 20. Final 1988 Presidential Debate
  • 21. Dukakis, MacNeil/Lehrer, ABC News; Today Show
  • 22. Election Returns, CNN
  • 23. Election Returns, CNN; MacNeil/Lehrer
  • 24. Republican Convention, CBS, August 17, 1988
  • 25. Republican Convention, CBS, August 15, 1988
  • 26. Republican Convention, CBS, August 16, 1988
  • 27. Democratic Convention, Ann Richards, Jesse Jackson, July 18, 19
  • 28. Democratic Convention, NBC, July 19, (continued), July 20-21
  • 29. Frankenberry, Laughlin & Constable, Inc., Bush Ads
  • 30. Bush/Quayle News Conference, NBC p.m. News; CNN p.m. News, C-Span
  • 31. The Choice, ABC News; MacNeil/Lehrer
  • 32. Today; Some CNN (No. 4), August 18
  • 33. Today Show (Gramm & Richards); Some CNN (No. 5)
  • 34. Presidential Debate, CBS; CBS Evening News, September 25, 1988
  • 35. Republican Convention, C-Span (No. 1), August 16
  • 36. Today; NBC News (No. 7), August 19 and 23
  • 37. Sunday Today; Meet the Press, August 28
  • 38. Today Show, Bush, ABC News; MacNeil/Lehrer, October 3
  • 39. Dukakis, ABC News; MacNeil/Lehrer; Nightline, October 25
  • 40. Republican Convention, C-Span; NBC p.m. News (No. 2), August 16
  • 41. Presidential Debates (No. 1), September 25
  • 42. ABC Evening News; MacNeil/Lehrer; Meet the Press, October 18 and 23
  • 43. Part I, 1988
  • 44. Election Coverage, ABC, November 8, 1988
  • 45. Dukakis, Nightline, October 25; Pre-election coverage, November 7, 1988; 30 second Dukakis spot
  • 46. Republican Convention, ABC
  • 47. This Week, ABC News, October 23-25
  • 48. Republican Convention, NBC, August 16-18
  • 49. "Excellence in Public Service," Barbara Jordan
  • 50. 1988 Democratic Convention, MacNeil/Lehrer, July 19 and January 20
  • 51. Democratic Convention, ABC, MacNeil/Lehrer, August 15
  • 52. Convention, NBC 5:30 p.m. News; S-Span, July 21
  • 53. Democratic Convention, PBS, July 18, 1988; MacNeil/Lehrer; NBC, 8-10 p.m., July 19
  • 54. Bentsen/Quayle Debate
  • 55. Bush/Quayle "88 "The Risk," January 24, 1989
  • 56. "Caring for Tomorrow's Children" (3/4 inch cassette), April 5, 1989
  • 57. "Agency Political Reel #41," Frankenberry, Laughlin & Constable (3/4 inch casette), December 23, 1988
  • 58. Republican Convention - George Bush, CBS, August 18, 1988



 

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