In January 1988, facing a tough primary fight in his campaign for president, then-Vice President George H.W. Bush went on the CBS Evening News and started a fight with anchor Dan Rather.
Bush wasn’t just running for president — he was coming off the Iran-Contra scandal, in which the United States had illegally given arms to the Iranian government in exchange for the release of American hostages being held in Lebanon by Hezbollah. There were still questions swirling about Bush’s involvement in the affair, so naturally, Rather brought up the topic.
Bush wasn’t having it.
“I don’t think it’s fair to judge a whole career, it’s not fair to judge my whole career by a rehash on Iran,” he told Rather, angrily — and then brought up an embarrassing incident in the anchor’s recent