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CNN Evening News for Friday, Apr 21, 2006
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Staggering gasoline prices cited.

(Washington: Dana Bash) The politics of the pump for defensive Republicans seeking re-election examined; details given from the Democrats' talking points, from a letter being sent from top Republicans to President Bush & possible hearings on huge profits for oil executives. [In his car & speaking, Representative Jim GERLACH†- cites the retirement package from ExxonMobil; talks about the gas prices.] [Senators Charles SCHUMER, Robert MENENDEZ†- speak out.] [Political analyst Stu ROTHENBERG†- says it {gas prices} reenforce the pessimistic mood.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Washington: Candy Crowley) The energy reality for former Texas oil man Bush examined; details given about the course of energy legislation. [In the past, BUSH - says we will still depend on fossil fuels.] [In 2001, Energy Secretary Spencer ABRAHAM - expresses concerns about gas prices.] [In January 2003, April 2005, January 2006, BUSH - speaks about energy.] [American Petroleum Inst. John FELMY†, Sierra Club David HAMILTON - assess the energy bill & energy policy.] [In April, MOTORIST - complains.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live interview held with former presidential adviser David Gergen about energy issues. [In Boston, GERGEN - says the rising gas prices are serious for the president; recalls the impact of gas prices on Presidents Nixon, Carter & Ford; suggests Bush should be looking at a serious energy plan; says Bush can rescue his presidency only through changes; states there is no excuse for the Democrats not to have a plan for energy, including nuclear.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Bash, Dana;
Crowley, Candy

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