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(Studio: Carol Lin) Concerns about security in Iraq as the elections approach and campaigning by Shiite candidates in Baghdad noted; scenes shown of Iraqis celebrating a roadside bombing in Mosul and US soldiers handing out flyers. [Iraqi National Assembly Mowaffak al-RUBAIE- says delaying the election may trigger a civil war.]
(White House: Dana Bash) Doubts in the US about the effectiveness of Iraq’s elections examined; CNN/”USA Today”/Gallup poll results on President Bush’s handling of Iraq & his approval rating cited. [State Department spokesman Richard BOUCHER, US ground forces in Iraq commander Lt. Gen. Thomas METZ, White House press secretary Scott McCLELLAN – comment on the election & voter safety.] [Brookings Institution Susan RICE - says the administration is trying to reduce expectations.] [Former presidential advisor David GERGEN- notes the political importance for Bush that the elections bring stability.]
- Lin, Carol;
- Bash, Dana
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