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NBC Evening News for Monday, Nov 24, 2003
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(Des Moines: Tom Brokaw) The likelihood that the Medicare bill that includes a prescription drug benefit for seniors will pass noted.

(Ft. Carson, Colorado: David Gregory) President Bush’s hope that the new Medicare bill will swing the senior vote his way in next year’s election featured; details given about Democrats’ opposition to the bill; scenes shown of Bush visiting troops at Ft. Carson, Colorado. [In July, 2001, BUSH – talks about the need for prescription drug benefits.] [Republican pollster Glen BOLSTER‡- comments on the importance of the senior vote.] [Senator Edward KENNEDY – opposes the bill.] [Health policy analyst Paul GINSBURG†- says Medicare beneficiaries may not be enthusiastic about it.]

(Des Moines: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Capitol: Chip Reid) The anger of many seniors over the endorsement of the Medicare bill by AARP featured; ad shown. [Health & Human Services Secretary Tommy THOMPSON†- comments on AARP’s support.] [KENNEDY – rails against the bill.] [AARP head Bill NOVELLI††- says we had to do something.] [Senior WOMAN – says she’s burning her AARP card.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Gregory, David;
Reid, Chip

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