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Bush / State of the Union / Begala, Murphy Interview / A Discussion #850234

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 23, 2007
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[In address, President BUSH - speaks about reducing gasoline usage & cutting oil imports.]

(Washington: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Washington: Joe Johns) Bush's wish list of things that have not gotten done over the years of his presidency examined; details given about Social Security, energy independence, making tax cuts permanent, medical malpractice reform, immigration reform. [In 2002, BUSH - speaks about Social Security, energy production at home.] [In 2004, BUSH - calls for permanent tax cuts.] [In 2006, BUSH - speaks about a guest worker program.]

(Washington: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with Democratic strategist Paul Begala & Republican strategist Mike Murphy about Bush. [BEGALA - says Bush once had an extraordinary bond with the people; criticizes his use of the word "Democrat"; comments on the war strategy.] [MURPHY - comments on the substance of the speech with a bipartisan outreach on immigration reform & energy security; states he brought realism into the debate about the war in Iraq.]

(Washington: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Washington: Ed Henry) Bush's State of the Union address, including his sober admissions about the war & the silent response, the domestic initiatives that face an uncertain future in the Congress, reviewed.

(Washington: Anderson Cooper; Washington: Bill Schneider) The early CNN polling numbers in response to the president's speech analyzed; statistics cited. The source of the poll numbers discussed.

(Washington: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with "Time" magazine's Joe Klein, "Newsweek" magazine's Marcus Mabry & blogger Andrew Sullivan about the president's speech. [In tonight's speech, BUSH - talks about the war in Iraq & shaping the outcome of this battle; speaks about immigration--assimilating new arrivals & the status of illegal immigrants.] [SULLIVAN - says the war in Iraq overwhelmed the speech; comments on his use of "Democrat" in a partisan mode.] [KLEIN - says we got the "same old rhetoric" but he opened the discussion on health policy; suggests there may be a comprehensive immigration bill, but he raced through complicated domestic proposals.] [MABRY - reacts to the speech & his story about Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's dad.]

(Washington: Anderson Cooper) The raw data on state of the union speeches outlined on screen.

Cooper, Anderson;
Johns, Joe;
Henry, Ed;
Schneider, Bill

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