By James Lehrer, Jim Lehrer

ISBN-10: 0679603514

ISBN-13: 9780679603511

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I wanted to show presidential stature,” he told me. “I wanted to show mastery of the issues. I wanted to show that progressive dimension again. ” The former vice president was also ready for Reagan’s signature line. In the first debate in Louisville, Mondale suggested that Reagan would propose a tax increase on low- and middle-income Americans after the election, leaving wealthy Americans largely untouched. REAGAN: You know, I wasn’t going to say this at all, but I can’t help it: There you go again.

A second “Kodak moment” occurred for Ann Compton as Shaw was cued to start the debate. “I was sitting right next to him. I didn’t know whether to look up. It would be hard to look at Dukakis. So I looked at my hands—at my notes—not knowing where the camera would be. I really thought right up until that last moment that he will modify the question. ” Bruno was also looking at his hands. “Kitty Dukakis was sitting right smack in the front row—in front of the press platforms, where I was,” he said.

I asked him about that. “No, it wasn’t tired. … I want to tell you, I just had more facts and figures poured at me for weeks before than anyone could possibly sort out and use, and I call it overtraining. ” But two weeks later in Kansas City, things changed. Reagan said later he definitely did not go into that one overtrained. And panelist Henry Trewhitt of The Baltimore Sun asked a question that enabled him to turn a potential liability into a strength: TREWHITT: You already are the oldest president in history, and some of your staff say you were tired after your most recent encounter with Mr.

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