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Decision 2004 / Democratic Convention / Clinton Interview #760709

NBC Evening News for Monday, Jul 26, 2004
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(Boston: Tom Brokaw) The opening of the Democratic National Convention in Boston noted.

(Convention floor: Brian Williams) The convention featured; details given of the Democrats’ aim for a positive message, with the focus on introducing Senator John Kerry to the public, and of an incident involving an exchange between Kerry’s wife and a reporter; scenes shown of Kerry touring NASA in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and at a baseball game in Boston; photos shown of Senator John Edwards working on his convention speech. [Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAULIFFE†- campaigns for Kerry & Edwards.] [KERRY –defends his wife.] [Wife Teresa HEINZ KERRY – tells a reporter to “shove it.”] [DELEGATE – comments.] [Senator Edward KENNEDY – sings.] Security at the convention and the “bounce” in the polls noted.

(Boston: Tom Brokaw) Vice President Dick Cheney’s campaign trip to the Pacific Northwest noted; scenes shown from Kennewick, Washington. [CHENEY – says we need the same, steadfast presidential leadership.]

(Boston: Lisa Myers) The lavish parties thrown by corporations & special interest groups to channel money to politicians examined; scenes shown of former presidential candidate Howard Dean dancing at a party paid for by Johnson & Johnson, of the Neville brothers singing at an extravaganza hosted by 30 companies, and other events. [Campaign finance reform advocate Fred WERTHEIMER†- says it’s 24/7 partying paid for by the special interests.] [June 15, KERRY – speaks of “special privilege for none.”] [Democratic donor John CATSIMATIDES†- comments on the discriminatory way of deciding who gets invited to the parties.] [Senator Harry REID††- defends a lunch sponsored by gambling & mining companies.]

(Boston: Tom Brokaw) Interview held with former President Bill Clinton about the presidential campaign and the 9/11 Commission’s report. [CLINTON – explains what Kerry must accomplish during the convention; comments on the impact of his previous behavior on Kerry’s campaign; offers his view on the two great issues of this campaign: domestic policy & the 9/11 report; says he had confidence in the CIA & former director George Tenet when he was president; comments on the situation in Iraq.] Clinton’s comments on the investigation involving his National Security Advisor Sandy Berger noted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Williams, Brian;
Myers, Lisa

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