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Campaign 2008 / South Carolina and Nevada / Bible Belt / Discussion #883037

CNN Evening News for Friday, Jan 18, 2008
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Spartanburg, South Carolina: John King) The Republican primary campaign in South Carolina reviewed; scenes shown of Senator John McCain and the two cultural conservatives, Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson, on the campaign trail. Why Mitt Romney is basically skipping the state and focusing on Nevada discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Some excerpts from the campaign presented. [THOMPSON, HUCKABEE, McCAIN - campaign on the economy.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Findings of a new CNN poll on the gains of Senator Barack Obama among black voters since last October outlined on screen.

(Las Vegas: Candy Crowley) The Democratic campaign in the experimental Nevada caucuses reviewed; inset scenes shown of the three candidates; details given about the issues being discussed in Las Vegas by Obama, Senator Hillary Clinton and former Senator John Edwards with the emphasis on change. The question of a tough campaign and the use of sharp elbows on both sides discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Some excerpts from the campaign presented; Earvin "Magic" Johnson††'s radio ad for Clinton played [OBAMA - campaigns about getting it right.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The Bible belt battle introduced.

(Greenville, South Carolina: Gary Tuchman) The fight for the vote of evangelicals in South Carolina featured; scenes shown from a cathedral in Greenville. [Three church MEMBERS - wonder about the presidential candidates.] [State senator Mike FAIR - supports McCain.] [Radio host Tony DEAN - recalls McCain's criticism in 2000.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with former presidential adviser David Gergen and Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody about the race in South Carolina. [BRODY - says McCain is tapping into patriotism in the state; comments on the evangelicals and the "complicated formula" for voters; speculates about Romney.] [GERGEN - explains why McCain is more competitive this time around in the state; comments on the role of evangelicals in upcoming races in Florida and Super Tuesday Southern states and on the wariness towards Romney here.]

Cooper, Anderson;
King, John;
Crowley, Candy;
Tuchman, Gary

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