CNN Evening News for Thursday, Sep 30, 2004
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) The first presidential debate between President Bush & Senator John Kerry introduced; scenes shown of both men with supporters after the debate.
(Studio: Aaron Brown; Coral Gables: John King) The president's approach to the debate discussed; details given about his message & the concession that he did not win this debate. [BUSH - asks what Kerry's message about Iraq will be; notes his core convictions keep changing because of politics.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown; Coral Gables: Candy Crowley) Kerry's handling of the debate discussed; details given of his presentation of his message in a more concise form & the camp's assessment of Kerry's performance. [KERRY - says he has no intention of wilting or wavering on Iraq.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown; Washington: Bill Schneider) The facts in the debate assessed; details given about Bush's figures on Al Qaeda, the Iraqi forces & the former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein-September 11 link & Kerry's statements about bin Laden's whereabouts, the retirement of Gen. Eric Shinseki & his estimates on the cost of the war. [BUSH - says we are after Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.] [KERRY - says Bush has ten times the troops in Iraq than Afghanistan.] The findings in a flash CNN/"USA Today"/Gallup poll on debate watchers' views of the performance of Kerry over Bush outlined on screen.
(Studio: Aaron Brown; Coral Gables: Jeff Greenfield) The emphases of Bush & Kerry in the debate, the question of whether any voters changed their minds because of the debate, the demeanor of the president & the "atmospherics" in the room discussed. [BUSH - talks about Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi & the country's freedom.] [KERRY - talks about the "mixed messages" about Iraq & North Korea.]