CNN Evening News for Monday, Dec 08, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.
(New York: Kelly Wallace) The announcement of former Vice President Al Gore's endorsement of Howard Dean for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 featured; findings of the latest CNN/"USA Today"/Gallup poll on the standings of the Democratic choices cited. [In New York, DEAN - campaigns.] [Political consultant Joseph MERCURIO†- says the Democrats need an early nominee.] [On "Hardball," retired Gen. Wesley CLARK; Senator Joseph LIEBERMAN - react.] Statements from Representative Richard Gephardt's press secretary Erick Smith† & Senator John Kerry on the endorsement quoted.
(Studio: Aaron Brown, Jeff Greenfield; Boston: Candy Crowley) Perspectives on the meaning of Gore's endorsement of Dean discussed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown; White House: John King) President Bush's administration's view of Dean as the opposition candidate discussed.
(White House: John King) The Medicare overhaul & the political implications for Bush examined; details given about the plane including the prescription drug benefits. [BUSH - tells seniors we kept the promise.] The criticism of the Medicare legislation by Dean, Senators John Edwards & Kerry & by conservatives quoted. Findings of the latest CNN/"USA Today"/Gallup poll on the Medicare bill & the elderly vote cited.