CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 04, 2006
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(Studio: John Roberts) Another day of accusations & denials in the scandal featuring Representative Mark Foley introduced.
(Washington: Dana Bash) The Foley fallout featured; details given about claims made by Representative Tom Reynolds' former chief of staff Kirk Fordham that he told Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert's staff about Foley's inappropriate behavior. Representative Roy Blunt quoted.
(Studio: John Roberts) Report introduced.
(Washington: Joe Johns) The political implications of the Foley scandal examined; details given of Republicans' call for an investigation into leadership activities; TV campaign ad shown. [Conservative activist Manuel MIRANDA- says Republicans are associated with moral values; calls this an orchestrated tactic by the Democrats.] [Democratic strategist Julian EPSTEIN- questions procedures.] Letters from Representatives Deborah Price & John Boehner calling for the House clerk to open an investigation into allegations about Foley & pages noted.
(Studio: John Roberts) Live discussion held with former presidential adviser David Gergen & "Time" columnist Joe Klein about the Foley story. [GERGEN - says the story has taken an ominous turn for the Republicans that is now a crisis that could cost the Republicans control of the House & Senate; outlines how the Democrats need to handle the Foley-Hastert story & a way out for the Republican leadership to cauterize the wound.] [KLEIN - talks about the Republicans' inability to get control over the scandal with the Iraq war story still there; states Bush is having a tough year as the country has turned against the war.] Poll findings on the "Bush factor" in the elections outlined on screen.
(Studio: John Roberts) The "raw data" on Hastert outlined on screen.