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Iraq War / Bush Press Conference / Funding #861481

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 24, 2007
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) President Bush's defense of the war in Iraq introduced.

(White House: Martha Raddatz) Bush's picture of what to expect in Iraq in the coming months featured; details given about the September progress report. [At press conference, BUSH - says "they" are a threat to the American people; states it is Iraq's government's choice as to whether US troops will leave; {over and over} names the importance of the assessments from multinational forces-Iraq commander Gen. David Petraeus.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) The passage by the House and Senate of the funding bills for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan noted.

(Studio: Charles Gibson; Washington: George Stephanopoulos) How the Democrats were denied their goal of a timeline for the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq, that Bush is supporting the benchmarks for the Iraqi government, how Bush will be under pressure during the summer as the supplemental funding runs out and the importance of the war to the next presidential and Congressional elections discussed.

Gibson, Charles;
Raddatz, Martha;
Stephanopoulos, George

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