Hal Bruno, the longtime political director at ABC News and a frequent analyst on TV and radio, died Tuesday in Bethesda, Md., due to complications from a fall. He was 83. Bruno covered his first election for Newsweek magazine in 1960, the New York Times wrote, and in 1978 joined ABC, where he oversaw election and campaign coverage at the network until he retired in 1999. It was Bruno who moderated the 1992 vice presidential debate between Al Gore and Dan Quayle that was famous for Ross Perot’s running mate James Stockdale asking, “Who am I; why am I here?” “Everybody remembers the Stockdale moment,” Ken Rudin, Bruno’s deputy at the time, told the Times. “But they don’t remember it was Hal who said, ‘Admiral Stockdale, your opening statement, please, sir?’ ”
R.I.P. Hal Bruno
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