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Bush / The Economic Front / Gergen Interview #727583

CNN Evening News for Friday, May 02, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(White House: Suzanne Malveaux) President Bush's next battle on the economic front featured; scenes shown of the president at United Defense Industries in California's Silicon Valley to promote his tax cut plan; new unemployment statistics cited. [BUSH - talks about jobs, unemployment & a bold economic recovery package.] Statement from Representative Nancy Pelosi about the tax break quoted.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with Harvard University's David Gergen about Bush's photo opportunity on the USS Abraham Lincoln. [GERGEN - compares this highly orchestrated event to those in the past; states the point of the imagery is to sink into the public mind an imprint of the warrior/leader as he heads for re-election; states the president deserved to bask in the glory last night; notes Bush's underlying message was he put the club back in the closet to return to domestic affairs; expresses surprise that Bush thanked Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld but not Secretary of State Colin Powell.]

Brown, Aaron;
Malveaux, Suzanne

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