[The 90’s Election Specials raw: Democratic Presidential Debate 3/15/1992]

Footage for The 90's election specials. This tape covers the democratic presidential debate on 03/15/92 between Governor Bill Clinton, Senator Paul Tsongas, and Jerry Brown on Channel 7, WLS-TV Chicago.

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00:19Copy video clip URL Footage begins with commercials.

00:57Copy video clip URL Gary Lapaille, Chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois, introduces the debate. The debate will feature questions from members of the press with informal response periods from Brown, Clinton, and Tsongas. John Drury is the moderator.

03:45Copy video clip URL The candidates are asked about foreign policy. Brown expresses his opinion that President George H.W. Bush’s decisions in the Middle East have done no good and advocates regional control over “macho police activity.” Clinton says that he would have extended the fighting for a day and a half to further break Saddam Hussein’s force. He says that the U.S. has a responsibility to rebels in Iraq. Tsongas says that Bush’s experience is not wisdom and that the administration became more worried about the extremism of a fractured Iraq than it was of Saddam Hussein.

07:13Copy video clip URL The candidates respond to the possibility of a new trade agreement with Mexico. Brown speaks against the fast track treaties and says that he would focus on jobs at home before negotiating a treaty. Clinton advocates a treaty that would require increased wages and labor standards in Mexico in combination with domestic financial reform. Tsongas points to the economic strategies of European and Asian countries, saying that the United States must unite with Central and South American countries. Brown and Clinton briefly dispute the effect of fast track treaties.

13:06Copy video clip URL Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun Times asks Clinton about where he draws the line with special interests. Clinton maintains that he never invested with someone doing business with the government. Tsongas says that he is a candidate for reasons of economic concern rather than ambition and that he regrets the campaigns turning negative. Jerry Brown defends his 13% flat rate tax while Clinton says that it would put the burden on those who cannot handle it.

21:04Copy video clip URL The candidates are asked about interest rates.

23:05Copy video clip URL Tsongas is asked about the unemployed. He recommends lowering the interest rate and investing in the manufacturing base. Brown says he would require a commitment to upgrading energy technology nationwide. Clinton advocates increasing investment incentives, speeding up the use of current tax money, and attacks lowering the capital gains tax.

27:20Copy video clip URL The candidates answer how they would revive cities. Tsongas focuses on reviving manufacturing. Brown advocates taking money from the defense fund and putting it into new technologies. Clinton speaks on tax breaks, drug prevention, and training. The candidates give their thoughts on “welfare to work” programs.

32:33Copy video clip URL Brown is asked about homelessness. He says there are more empty apartments than there are homeless people. He advocates training and enterprise zones to combine the two. Clinton recommends giving aid and property to charities, giving tax breaks to first-time homeowners, and embracing grassroots initiatives. Tsongas says that the issue is not a new one and that the determining factor is the size of economic pot. Clinton attacks the view that focuses on tax breaks instead of people. He pushes training and education over solely financial support.

38:14Copy video clip URL Brown speaks out against the health, insurance, and drug industries. He advocates universal healthcare. Clinton says that a uniform payment system is necessary. Tsongas says that tax credits will never help provide adequate healthcare. He says his plan is make coverage mandatory but have private companies compete to bring the cost down.

42:04Copy video clip URL Tsongas declaims the idea of winning at any cost. He says the winner must have a mandate to govern. He says he could not run as Clinton’s vice president. Brown begins to attack Clinton over conflict of interests. Clinton says that Brown reinvents himself every couple of years. The candidates argue at length over their personal characters.

51:40Copy video clip URL The candidates are asked about the possibility of overturning Roe v. Wade. Tsongas and Clinton advocate passing a law that would codify Roe v. Wade.

53:02Copy video clip URL The candidates are asked about Bush’s illness in Japan and the line of succession. Brown says it was embarrassing that Bush was not there on a point of strength. Clinton says that he felt sorry and concerned for Bush. Tsongas says that Bush was irresponsible in choosing Dan Quayle as his vice president.

54:23Copy video clip URL The debate closes and the candidates make closing statements. Brown says that the election is a matter of the future, concerning the inequality and despair seen in America. He says he wants a government committed to living family wage for all individuals, saying “we’re rich enough.” Clinton advocates a new, unified vision where inequality is lessened and resources are put back into America. Tsongas says that unity is important and that the primary concern is jobs. He says that the country’s resources must be invested into manufacturing and the future rather than used to “buy votes” with middle class tax breaks and the like.

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