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Bush / USS Abraham Lincoln Visit / The Democrats / Todd Interview #727903

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, May 07, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Capitol Hill: Jonathan Karl) The Democrats' attack on President Bush for staging his visit to the USS Abraham Lincoln when the carrier returned from the Persian Gulf examined. [Representative Henry WAXMAN - calls it a political move.] [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER†- says the president was saying thanks.] [In speech, Senator Robert BYRD - accuses the president of exploiting the trappings of war.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(White House: John King) The response from the White House to the Democratic criticism outlined. [BUSH - says it was an honor to go & thank our troops & speak to the country.] The admission by the White House that the president could have used a helicopter to go to the carrier & the question of whether the ship was turned around for the photo opportunity discussed.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with "Hotline" editor-in-chief Chuck Todd about whether the event was presidential showboating. [TODD - says this political bickering makes the Democrats look petty & small; notes the Democrats have a chip on their shoulder about the criticism of President Clinton; comments on the Democratic political strategy while the images trump the rhetoric.]

Brown, Aaron;
Karl, Jonathan;
King, John

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