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Campaign 04 / Bush vs. Kerry / Election Outcome #769928

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 03, 2004
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(Studio: Dan Rather) President Bush’s re-election reported; electoral map shown; vote count cited.

(White House: John Roberts) How Bush won and his agenda for his 2nd term examined; details given of his highlighting of moral values and increased support from women & Hispanics; photo shown of Bush on the phone with Senator John Kerry, whom he praised as an “admirable & worthy opponent.” [BUSH – declares we had a long & great night; states America has spoken; asks for Democrats’ support.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Boston: Jim Axelrod) Kerry’s poignant concession speech featured; scenes shown from Boston’s Faneuil Hall; details given of Ohio’s decisive role in the outcome. [KERRY – thanks his supporters; states the outcome should be decided by voters, not a protracted legal process.] [Last night, Senator John EDWARDS – vows to count every vote.] [Today, EDWARDS – says this fight has just begun.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Voter turnout estimate cited.

(Cleveland: Lee Cowan) Morality as the number one issue in this election featured; CBS News exit poll results cited; details given of Bush’s focus on his white, evangelical base and of the impact of the uproar over same-sex marriage. [WOMAN, MAN – comment.] [University of Virginia Larry SABATO†- notes the turnout of fundamentalist Christians.] [Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Very Rev. Tracey LIND†- says this campaign played on the politics of good & evil.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Map shown of the vote count in Ohio cities.

(Columbus, Ohio: Cynthia Bowers) The vote in Ohio featured; scenes shown of long lines of voters. [Ohio Republican Party Mark WEAVER†- says we moved heaven & earth to turn voters out.] [Ohio secretary of state Kenneth BLACKWELL†- comments on counting provisional ballots.] [CBS News legal analyst Jonathan TURLEY†- explains Kerry’s inability to win the youth vote.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) John Thune’s victory over Senator Tom Daschle in South Dakota, Mel Martinez†’ victory over Betty Castor† in Florida, David Vitter†’s win over Chris John in Louisiana, and Barack Obama†’s victory over Alan Keyes† in Illinois noted; the political breakdown of the Senate & House outlined.

Rather, Dan;
Roberts, John;
Axelrod, Jim;
Cowan, Lee;
Bowers, Cynthia

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