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Campaign 2008 / Passport Files / Obama and Richardson #888313

ABC Evening News for Friday, Mar 21, 2008
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(State Department: Jonathan Karl) The question of whether the passport breach affecting all three presidential candidates was political featured; details given about the firing of low-level clerical workers for looking at Senator Barack Obama's file and about the accessing of the files of Senators John McCain and Hillary Clinton, [Secretary of State Condoleezza RICE - promises to get to the bottom of this.] [OBAMA, McCAIN - react.] [State Department spokesman Sean McCORMACK†, undersecretary for management Patrick KENNEDY†- comment on these departmental errors.] The embarrassment for the State Department over the matter noted.

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Washington: Jake Tapper) The endorsement of Obama by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and the resentment between supporters for Obama and Clinton featured. [RICHARDSON - says it is time for Democrats to stop fighting amongst ourselves and prepare for McCain.] [OBAMA - admits we have had a couple of tough weeks.] [ABC political analyst Mark HALPERIN†- analyzes Richardson's move.] [In a conference call, Obama campaign manager David PLOUFFE†- says Clinton is not seen as trustworthy.] [Clinton campaign deputy communications director Phil SINGER†- responds to the Obama campaign.] ["Time" magazine's Jay CARNEY†- comments.] The nasty nature of the Democratic campaign discussed.

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Obama's speech on the subject of race recalled.

(Bethlehem and Allentown, Pennsylvania: John Berman) How the white voter in Pennsylvania may vote after Obama's speech on race after the revelations from his pastor Jeremiah Wright featured; scenes shown from an Allentown bowling alley. [Four PENNSYLVANIANS - say they did not hear the speech.] [Bowler Neal THOMASON - wonders about Obama not saying something in church.] [Political strategist Doc SWEITZER†- says the speech spoke to a different audience.]

Gibson, Charles;
Karl, Jonathan;
Tapper, Jake;
Berman, John

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