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Campaign 04 / Bush vs. Kerry / Clarke Statements #751304

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 25, 2004
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(Studio: John Roberts) Report introduced.

(White House: Bill Plante) President Bush’s campaign’s defense against former counterterrorism aide Richard Clarke’s claims that the administration bungled the war on terror and the White House refusal to allow National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice to testify publicly before the 9/11 Commission examined; Pew Research Center poll results cited. [BUSH – defends the administration.] [9/11 Commission chairman Thomas KEAN†- says the administration shot itself in the foot by not letting {Rice} testify.] [White House counsel Alberto GONZALES†- defends the decision on Rice.]

(Studio: John Roberts) Report introduced.

(New York: Jim Axelrod) Senator John Kerry’s return to the campaign trail after his vacation featured; details given about his reluctance to comment on Clarke’s accusations; poll results cited; scenes shown of Kerry with former presidential candidate Howard Dean, who endorsed Kerry; Bush campaign ad shown. [KERRY – comments on Clarke’s book, “Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror.”] [DEAN – says the major issue of this campaign is the credibility of the president.]

Roberts, John;
Plante, Bill;
Axelrod, Jim

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