CNN Evening News for Thursday, May 22, 2008
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(Studio: Tom Foreman) The background the Hagee's endorsement of McCain, who was trying to attract the fundamentalist Republicans, and McCain's rejection of the endorsement at this time reviewed. [From the 1990s, voice HAGEE- speaks about what Hitler did in the Holocaust.] Hagee's recent statement quoted. [Senator Barack OBAMA - says he does not attribute Hagee's statements to McCain.] McCain's choice in dropping the endorsement from Hagee noted. Some other statements from Hagee discussed.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.
(Washington: Joe Johns) An Up Close look at Hagee, who could help McCain with two voting blocs, and the political problems raised by Hagee's phrasing presented; examples cited of his controversial views on New Orleans, gays, the Catholic Church. [July 2007, McCAIN - thanks Hagee.] [In December 2006, interview, HAGEE - describes what is Christian Zionism; explains why we support Israel.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) An AP report that McCain has also rejected Ohio preacher Rod Parsley's endorsement noted; McCain quoted.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Candy Crowley, Democratic strategist Peter Fenn and Family Research Council Tony Perkins and about McCain and the preachers. [In studio, CROWLEY, FENN - offer views on the relationship of McCain with Hagee.] [PERKINS - comments on McCain-Hagee and Obama's relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright and the message being sent by McCain to evangelicals.] Other material: [From YouTube, HAGEE - criticizes the Catholic church.]
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