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Campaign 2008 / South Carolina / Dirty Politics / Marks Interview #882526

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Jan 17, 2008
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The campaign trail featured; scenes shown of Democrats former Senator John Edwards, Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and the Republicans.

(Columbia, South Carolina: Joe Johns) The wild world of dirty politics in South Carolina reviewed; details recalled of the false rumor in 2000 about Senator John McCain and the negative push polling. [McCAIN - says he does not pay attention to these ads.] [Former Governor David BEASLEY†- comments on the dirty politics.] [Common Sense Issues Patrick DAVIS†- defends their information.] [In Columbia restaurant, political consultant Ron SHEALY†- says voters don't like negative campaigning.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) How McCain is fighting back against dirty politics presented. [In interview with Johns, McCAIN - talks about his truth squad and dealing with dirty politics.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live interview held with "Confessions of a Political Hitman" author Stephen Marks about how "oppositional research" works. [MARKS - explains how courthouse and voting records are gone through with examples cited, including the Swift Boat ads against Senator John Kerry and Charlton Heston's mailer against former Vice President Al Gore; defends attacking the backgrounds of a candidate's life; comments on today's hits against McCain and how whoever is behind will have to go negative.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Johns, Joe

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