Edward M. Kennedy Senate Files
Sound recording of the radio program "Face Off." Senator Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy of Massachusetts and Senator Alan K. "Al" Simpson of Wyoming debate Congress's federal budget compromise with President George H. W. Bush that requires significant cuts in defense spending in order to reduce the budget deficit. They comment on Secretary of Defense Richard B. "Dick" Cheney's plan to meet the goal by holding the number of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers at 14 instead of expanding to 15. The episode aired on Monday, May 22, 1989, on the Mutual Broadcasting System.