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Decision 2004 / Bush vs. Kerry / Debate #766768

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 30, 2004
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(Coral Gables: Tom Brokaw) Tonight’s debate between President Bush and Senator John Kerry in Florida introduced.

(Coral Gables: David Gregory) Bush’s strategy of attacking Kerry’s inconsistencies and defending his decision to invade Iraq outlined. [Bush advisor Karen HUGHES††- says the president will have to talk about his decision to go into Iraq.]

(Coral Gables: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Coral Gables: Carl Quintanilla) Kerry’s objectives outlined; details given of the diminished influence of “spin” in this year’s election; scenes shown of Kerry at his Bal Harbour hotel. [Kerry campaign advisor Joe LOCKHART†- comments on the differences in this campaign.]

(Coral Gables: Tom Brokaw, Tim Russert) The high stakes for the candidates in this debate discussed.

(Coral Gables: Brian Williams) The strict rules governing the debate outlined; footage shown of President George Bush checking his watch during a 1992 debate and of a confrontation between Bush & Vice President Al Gore in 2000. [Commission on Presidential Debates co-chairman Paul KIRK††- says these debates are very important in terms of voter education.] The Kerry campaign’s complaint about the timing lights noted.

Reporter(s):
Brokaw, Tom;
Gregory, David;
Quintanilla, Carl;
Tim, Tom Brokaw,;
Williams, Brian
Duration:
00:06:10

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