[The 90’s Election Specials raw: Rostenkowski #2]

Raw footage for The 90's election specials. This tape follows Democratic congressional incumbent, Dan Rostenkowski, in his campaign for reelection against Chicago Alderman Dick Simpson. At St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr School on Chicago's northwest side (note that this is different from St. Stanislaus Kostka, Rostenkowsk's home parish). Rostenkowski visits classes and speaks to the kids before attending press conferences.

00:00Copy video clip URL Rostenkowski is escorted to a number of different classrooms and says a few words to the students.

05:56Copy video clip URL Rostenkowski says a few goodbyes and makes his way out of the school. He and his associates then make their way over to the parish hall for a press conference. Rostenkowski shakes a few hands before the press conference begins. A slew of press are there to document the event. Rostenkowski is presented with an award for his commitment to education and the future of children. Rostenkowski addresses the crowd afterwards and expresses the importance of quality education. “I think that we’re going to have competitiveness in the future that is going to be insurmountable, and unless we rededicate ourselves and the children in the schools dedicate themselves to hard work in studies and in working at an education, I think this country could very well fall into second place.” Rostenkowski is then presented with a bouquet of flowers and a group of stories the children had written for him.

14:56Copy video clip URL Rostenkowski makes his way out of the press conference and leaves the premises.

15:56Copy video clip URL Cut to footage from another press conference. There is no sound through this portion of the tape.

16:49Copy video clip URL As the sound returns, members of the press converse with one another before the conference begins. Television news cameras stand next to one another in a large row in the back of the room.

18:09Copy video clip URL Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley endorses Rostenkowski, commenting on how Rostenkowski has the ability to bring the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois much needed federal funds. After being endorsed, Rostenkowski speaks. He compliments himself, saying seriously, “If I have a fault, it’s that I don’t amplify some of the efforts that are experienced by me.” He and Daley then field questions from reporters.

22:36Copy video clip URL When asked about the current polls and how they’ve been a little lukewarm towards the Democratic candidates, Rostenkowski emphasizes the lack of direction coming out of the Bush administration. He is questioned about his views on abortion, allocating funds for Illinois projects, and fast track legislation. Mayor Daley chimes in on a few of the answers as well. The camera gathers general footage from around the room.

32:55Copy video clip URL After the press conference, Rostenkowski answers a few more questions before making his way out of City Hall.

36:02Copy video clip URL As Rostenkowski is leaving City Hall, he speaks with a reporter about the importance of Illinois votes during election cycles.

39:05Copy video clip URL After the interview, Rostenkowski enters the elevator. Under his breath, he states that he wished to Christ he knew what the reporter was talking about. Videomaker Joel Cohen asks Rostenkowski about his views on being an incumbent. Rostenkowski responds, “It’s tough.” Cohen then asks Rostenkowski for his opinion on the fact that many citizens feel that Washington needs to be infused with some new blood. Rostenkowski responds by saying that those in Washington do not get a mandate from the people any more and that people don’t really know what they want. He goes on to talk about campaigning for Congress in a new district and comments on the amount of media coverage he has received.

41:44Copy video clip URL End of tape.



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