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Iraq / Bush Address / The Democrats #811898

CNN Evening News for Monday, Dec 12, 2005
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(Baghdad: Anderson Cooper) President Bush's third of four speeches on US policy/strategy in Iraq reported; findings of a new CNN/"USA Today"/Gallup Poll on the public's view of whether Bush has a plan to achieve victory in Iraq & whether Iraq has made progress towards democracy.

(White House: Dana Bash) Bush's speech just before the elections in Iraq reviewed; polls findings on how Bush is handling his job, including Iraq. [In response to questions, BUSH - says he made a tough decision on Iraq; estimates 30,000 Iraqis have died & we have lost 2,140 of our troops; says this election is not the end of the process.] The source of Bush's 30,000 estimate noted & why Bush may have taken questions today discussed.

(Baghdad: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Washington: Joe Johns) The fractured division of the Democrats about the situation in Iraq examined; details given about the Democrats' positioning between that of Representative John Murtha & that of Senator Joseph Lieberman. [Senator Howard LEVIN - assesses Bush's statements; states it is our duty to protect our security.] [MURTHA - says we cannot sustain our deployment in Iraq.] [LIEBERMAN - says we cannot undermine presidential credibility.] [DEMOCRAT - opposes Murtha's fixed deadline.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Bash, Dana;
Johns, Joe

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