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Iraq War / Rumsfeld Resignation / Virginia Senate Race #843885

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 08, 2006
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) President Bush's announcement that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld will step down to be replaced by former CIA director Robert Gates noted.

(White House: Martha Raddatz) The White House plans to replace Rumsfeld examined; details given of the unrelenting criticism of Rumsfeld's handling of the war in Iraq. [BUSH - says we agreed the timing is right for new leadership at the Pentagon.] [GATES - speaks about the wars & the fight against terrorism.] [RUMSFELD - paraphrases Winston Churchill about criticism.] [Senator John McCAIN - comments.] [BUSH - says the voters registered their displeasure; admits the election was a "thumpin'."]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jonathan Karl) How Gates is the "un-Rumsfeld" & has been on the commission to make recommendations about changes in the war examined.

(Studio: Charles Gibson, George Stephanopoulos) The Rumsfeld replacement, what some candidates said about the timing of the announcement & the outcome of the Senate races in Montana & Virginia discussed.

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Arlington, Virginia: Jake Tapper) The tight Senate race in Virginia between Senator George Allen & Democrat Jim Webb featured; details given about the retabulating of ballots in the next few days. [WEBB - claims victory.] [ALLEN, Allen campaign advisor Ed GILLESPIE†- react.] [University of Pennsylvania law school professor Nathaniel PERSILLY†- doubts the margin {for Webb} will change.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson; Washington: George Stephanopoulos) What Democratic control of the Senate will mean, including a passage of the minimum wage & immigration reform, & the unlikelihood that President Bush will get his Social Security reform & whether they can come to an accommodation on the war in Iraq discussed.

Gibson, Charles;
Raddatz, Martha;
Karl, Jonathan;
Stephanopoulos, George;
Tapper, Jake;
Stephanopoulos, George

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