George H.W. Bush Press Secretary in 1984: Lying During Debates Is a Republican Strategy: The Republicans are unabashed in their discussion of their ability to use the television medium. "You can say anything you want during a debate and 80 million people hear it," observed Peter Teeley, press secretary to Vice President Bush. If reporters then document that a candidate spoke untruthfully, "so what?"
"Maybe 200 people read it or 2,000 or 20,000," he said.