Raw footage for The 90's election special. Videomaker Skip Blumberg covers the lead-up to the first presidential debate in St. Louis, Missouri. The tape begins in Kansas City with the Clinton team leaving the city where they had held their debate prep. Then there is footage of the Clinton support party at the St. Louis airport, then the debate hall at Washington University the next day.
00:00Copy video clip URL The Clintons walk to their plane to leave Kansas City, surrounded by cameras. The noise from the plane is so loud that it is hard to hear anything.
03:28Copy video clip URL On an airplane with members of the press.
08:10Copy video clip URL People get off the official Clinton/Gore plane, including George Stephanopoulos, James Carville, Bill Clinton, and Hillary Clinton. After this, the tape cuts to the press bus.
14:20Copy video clip URL The Clintons and key staff (plus Henry Winkler!) stand on a platform under a model of the St. Louis arch and a giant hot air balloon stating “Meet me in St. Louis.” Blumberg shoots a Channel 2 reporter attempting to do his report over the cheers of the crowd and his resulting anger. A group of Bush supporters apparently infiltrated the group and attempt to drown out the Clinton-related speeches with chants of “Four more years!” (They also hold up signs picturing a young hippie-ish looking Clinton with allusions to alleged ties to communism.) Blumberg confronts the Bush supporters, rebuking them for their hatred.
25:57Copy video clip URL Back on the press bus.
27:13Copy video clip URL Interview with Henry Winkler, who talks with Blumberg about episodes of The 90’s he has seen and enjoyed.
29:12Copy video clip URL The next day, Blumberg mills around the debate hall at Washington University trying to gain access to restricted areas and talking with reporters.
56:25Copy video clip URL The press interviews White House press secretary Marlin Fitzwater, who lists reasons for opposing Clinton and possible tactics in the debate. Other key people are interviewed about their predictions for the debate, including Orson Swindle (who is representing Ross Perot).
01:13:47Copy video clip URL Blumberg interviews a goofy group of Clinton/Gore supporters who are dressed up with long Pinocchio noses: “Read my nose… no new taxes!” He then shoots signs hanging from campus dorms such as “100% Republican and proud!” Then, a group of Libertarians protest that their party’s candidate was not allowed to participate in the debate. “We’re on the ballot in 50 states, what does it take to qualify? Money!”
01:23:01Copy video clip URL Back inside the hall. Various people are interviewed by the press about the anticipated showings in the debate, including Campaign Manager David Wilhelm, who talks about Clinton’s plan for success.
01:45:52Copy video clip URL End of tape.