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October 6,1988____University of Nebraska-Lincoln Vol. 88 No. 28
Doug Carroll/Daiiy Nebrattkan
Democrat Lloyd Bentsen and Republican Dan Quayle square off in Wednesday night’s vice-presidential debate in Omaha.
Sparks fly during Bentsen-Quayle debate
By Victoria Ayotte
Senior Reporter
and Lee Rood
Senior Editor
OMAHA — Vice-presi
dential candidates Dan
Quayle and Lloyd
Bentsen touched off a heated con
frontation from the moment they
p <, shook hands at the vice-presiden
tial debate Wednesday night at the
Omaha Civic Auditorium.
two senators faced ques
tions on defense spending, cam
paign reform, environmental is
sues and taxes from a four-person
panel consisting of NBC anchor
man Tom Brokaw, ABC reporter
Brit Hume, Judy Woodruff of the
MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour and
John Margolis of The Chicago
Tribune. ■
The panelists questioned
Quayle, the Republican candidate,
> as to what he would do as vice
president if he were faced with the
“I have more experience than
others who have sought the office,”
Quayle said.
Bentsen, the Democratic candi
date, said the debate is not about
qualifications for the vice presi
“We have to step in there with
out any margin for error ... the
stakes are too high,” Bentsen said.
Quayle said if something tragic
happened to the president, as vice
president he would first say a
prayer for himself and the country
and then he would assemble Ihe
president’s advisory staff to decide
what to do next.
The transition would be an easy
one, Quayle said, because he
would be familiar with the advisers
after working with them on several
“Age alone is not the only quali
fication,” Quayle said. “You’ve
got to look at experience find ac
When the question was asked
again later in the debate, Quayle
compared his youth and experi
ence in seeking the office to the late
John F. Kennedy.
Bentsen said he had worked
with Kennedy and that the former
president was a personal friend.
“Senator, you’re no Jack Ken
nedy,” he said.
Quayle responded. Senator,
that was really uncalled for.
Bcntsen look some heat from
the panel and from Quayle for what
the Indiana senator called his
“$10,000 breakfast club.”
Quayle was referring to
Bentsen’s organized breakfasts
with lobbyists arid special interest
groups in Washington D.C. Tick
ets for the breakfasts were $10,000.
“I’m sure they weren’t paying
to have Cornflakes,” Quayle said
of the money donated to cam
paigns by politically active groups:
Bcntsen said he doesn’t make
many mistakes, but that the break
fast club was a l,doozy.”
Bcntsen said he ended the
breakfasts soon after he started
them because, “the perception was
Quayle said later, “He shut
down the club but he still got the
money ”
The candidates then traded
barbs on environment, defense and
the budget deficit.
Quayle said he has “a very
strong record on environment,”
ciling support for the environ
mental Superfund and override of
the clean ^ajer-act. .
Quayle said Michael Dukakis
did virtually nothing loclean up the
environment, even Boston Harbor
in his own backyard.
Bentsen disagreed with
Quayle’s perception of his record.
“This late conversion is inter
esting tome,”Bentsen said. “Their
administration cut out money to
clean up water, including Boston
On the budget deficit, Bentsen
said he would like to reduce the
trade deficit by opening up free
trade with countries like Japan.
Quayle said he wanted to stick
to the Gramm/Rudman/Holling
budget cuts* >*high M j*ere
responsible for Cutting out $70
million of the federal deficit
Bentsen said he supports Contra
aid, but thought peace plans and
diplomatic pressure should be
given a chance.
• •
Debate affects students views
By David Holloway
Senior Reporter
and David G. Young
Staff Reporter
Students’ opinions dif
fered across the Univer
sity of Nebraska-Lincoln
campus after watching the tele
vised vice-presidential debate in
Omaha Wednesday nighi
David Wupper, an undeclared
sophomore, watched the debate
with about 100 people at the Ne
braska Union. Wupper said the
debate had strengthened his opin
ion for Democratic vice-presiden
tial nominee Sen. Lloyd Bentsen.
“I think Quayle is side-stepping
the issues,” Wupper said, ‘lie is
trying to knock Bentsen instead of
answering the questions.”
Sara Deterding, a junior ele
mentary education major, said
Republican Dan Quayle defeated
Bentsen despite “unfair questions
from a bias panel.”
“It’s obvious that the liberals on
the panel arc trying to nail
(Quayle) on his character,” said
Deterding. “They’re asking
Bentsen policy questions. They’re
asking Quayle character questions
because they think that’s his weak
ness. ft’s not”
Students differed on how effec
tive the debate would be in deter
Homecoming game an issue on, off campus
By David G. Young
Sufi Reporter _
If Nebraska athletic director
v: Boh Devanerhathttway.
an Omaha-haseti sports net
work will not televise the Nebraska
Oklahoma State homecoming foot
, bail game Oct IS.
Dcvseey said Wednesday that he
based his decision not to allow Sports
Video Productions to televise the
\ game on financial reasons. He said
that if the Oklahoma State game were
televised, UNL would lose money
aad possibly another broadcast by
Sports Video Productions, which
produces the Tom Osborne and
Danny Nee shows, would broadcast
the Ocl IS game live at 1:30 p.m.
under a proposal by producer Dan
: “We have, in my contract, the
rights to that and any other baUgame
not televised by the big four net
works, Livingston said
The “big four” networks are ABC,
Since UNI, administrators de
cided not to let ESPN fcdevie the
game. Sports Video Productions has
television rights according to the
contract, Livingston said.
However, “it is still under the dis
cretion of the university (officials) if
they want it shown,” Livingston said.
Livingston said his network is
under contract to pay UNL $25,000
for every football game broadcast
Although the network has never tele
vised a regular-season Husker game,
it tapes the games and rebroadcasts
them for mows such as ‘Tom
Osborne’s Playbook,” which Living
ston hosts on Tuesday nights on
KMTV (Lincoln channel 3).
Livingston said the broadcast
would generate statewide interest.
The production company has con
tracts with four television stations
across Nebraska, which would pro
vide coverage tor nearly uie enure
Devaney- said if the Oklahoma
Slate game is televised, the university
j&uuid break an agreement-with:
KFAB Radio, v/hich has exclusive
rights to radio broadcasts o?, Nebraska
games. UHL has an agreement with
KFAB not to televise more titan five
games pet season, Devaney said.
Two games have been televised so
far this season, and the Nebraska
Oklahoma game is scheduled to be
broadcast by CBS.
In addition, there is a possibility
that the Missouri or Colorado games
could be broadcast by ESPN, he said.
ESPN pays $115,000 to participating
teams in a broadcast, he said
“We’re not against this game
(being televised)/’ Devaney said
“We* ve just got to make sure we don’t
lose a big chunk of money .’’
Devaney said it’s stiU possible that
the UNL administration will override
his decision not to televise the game.