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Lloyd Bentsen Topspins

In the U.S. presidential election of 1988 election in which George W. Bush's father, George H. Bush, ran against Michael Dukakis, their vice-presidential candidates, Dan Quayle, the senator from Indiana, and Lloyd Bentsen, the senator from Texas, also debated. The format for their single encounter was to respond to questions posed by a panel of journalists. When they assembled in the Omaha Civic Auditorium on October 5, 1988, Senator Quayle was struggling with the stigma of his youth and inexperience, and the journalists, true to their nature, went after his weak spot.

First, Judy Woodruff of the Public Broadcasting Service challenged Quayle's maturity. Then, Brit Hume of ABC NEWS took up the cudgel, challenging him twice more on the same subject and, when his turn came, so did Tom Brokaw of NBC NEWS.


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