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Campaign 2008 / Endorsements / A Discussion #882284

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Jan 10, 2008
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Washington: Candy Crowley) The value of endorsements of presidential candidates examined; scenes shown of Senator Barack Obama giving the keynote speech in 2004; details recalled of endorsements by Senator Joseph Lieberman, Senator Evan Bayh, Chuck Norris, Kevin Bacon etc. [Senator John KERRY, Oprah WINFREY - back Obama.] The withdrawal of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson from the Democratic race noted. [RICHARDSON - recounts who has called him recently.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with former presidential adviser David Gergen, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile and analyst Joe Klein about endorsements of presidential candidates. [From Miami, BRAZILE - says the Kerry endorsement is important for Obama; comments on the impact of Oprah Winfrey on Obama's campaign and on the dilemma for black women in the race in choosing between Obama and Clinton.] [From San Rafael, GERGEN - comments on the symbolic importance of the Kerry endorsement and what Kerry said about the Clintons.] [In studio, KLEIN - says there was bad blood between Kerry and John Edwards and the Kerry endorsement means nothing; explains the importance of organizational endorsements because of the mobilization factor.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The raw data on the endorsements for the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates noted.

Cooper, Anderson;
Crowley, Candy

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