Raw footage for The 90's election specials. Behind the scenes with the Clinton campaign after the first presidential debate between George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ross Perot at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Particularly notable is an interview with Clinton Campaign Manager David Wilhelm. After this, videomaker Skip Blumberg travels to Little Rock, Arkansas, to check out Clinton's national headquarters.
0:00Copy video clip URL After the debate in a press room. Interview with Jeff Miller, communications coordinator for the Clinton campaign. He describes the night’s operation – the team essentially took over a TV station so that key staff members could flood all the news outlets with post-debate interviews.
2:20Copy video clip URL David Wilhelm, Clinton’s campaign manager, explains his plans for the next few days. He then prepares to do a series of satellite TV interviews.
09:55Copy video clip URL Wilhelm conducts television interviews in the same way he did his phone interviews (on tape #10435), staying on message about Clinton’s success in the debate, describing his manner as “presidential.” “Bill Clinton established himself, again, as the agent for economic change,” while Bush was “mired in the past.”
18:03Copy video clip URL Blumberg speaks to a man outside who wanted to appeal to the Republicans and ask them to “rise above party lines” and vote for Bill Clinton.
20:08Copy video clip URL Blumberg goes to the airport to travel to Little Rock, AK. This segment opens looking at newspapers, which say “Jabs, no knockout” and “Candidates Trade Punches.” Then footage from the airplane window.
25:26Copy video clip URL Now in Little Rock, a Clinton billboard and shots of the (minimal) skyline. General shots of Little Rock.
33:45Copy video clip URL Blumberg talks to a group standing outside Clinton/Gore headquarters who are hoping to inform Clinton about the positive impact of marijuana legalization.
37:12Copy video clip URL Blumberg goes inside the Clinton/Gore National Headquarters to check out the action and surveys the extensive gift shop and volunteers at work. A man explains the process of recording Clinton’s speeches and cutting them for radio. The office is full of people answering phone calls frantically.
58:33Copy video clip URL End of tape.