CNN Evening News for Monday, Aug 23, 2004
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.
(Crawford: Jill Dougherty) The controversy in the presidential election campaign over the Swift boat ads attacking Senator John Kerry's Vietnam war record featured. [In response to questions at the Crawford ranch, BUSH - says stop all the ads; opposes 527s; comments on Senator Pat Roberts & his CIA plan.] Statement from Russian President Vladimir Putin about oil production mentioned.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Statement from Senator John Edwards reported. [EDWARDS - says Bush failed his moment of truth in failing to condemn the attacks on Kerry.]
(Studio; Aaron Brown) The facts about Kerry's war record reviewed; details given from the military records, the witnesses to the events, from the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ad criticizing Kerry & the "New York Times" story on the Swift boat men. [Served with Kerry in Vietnam, Jim RASSMANN- says Kerry saved his life.]
(Washington: Bill Schneider) The question of whether Kerry was a war hero or an anti-war hero examined; new Swift boat ad & Kerry's anti-war testimony appearances shown. [Swift Boat Veterans for Truth David WALLACE- says Kerry accused us of atrocities.] [KERRY - offers regrets; states he blamed the leaders for leaving the soldiers.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live in-studio interview held with "New York Times" reporter Kate Zernike about Kerry's service record. [ZERNIKE - says Kerry was likely not in Cambodia; outlines what the Swift boat guys said pro-Kerry in 1996 & anti-Kerry in 2004; states the accusations against Kerry don't hold up; notes the tangential nature of the ties of President Bush's administration to the group.]