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NBC Evening News for Sunday, Jul 13, 2008
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(Studio: Lester Holt) Findings of a new "Newsweek" poll that shows presidential candidates Senators Barack Obama and John McCain close reported.

(Washington: Kevin Corke) How advisers to the presidential candidates are making controversial comments examined; details given about statements from McCain advisers Carly Fiorina {about birth control} and former Senator Phil Gramm {about the economy} and from Obama advisers Gen. Tony McPeak {about McCain in Hanoi} and retired Gen. Wesley Clark {about McCain}. [On "Meet the Press," FIORINA - says the public is focused on the candidates.] [McCAIN - ponders his voting record.] [In "Washington Times," GRAMM - speaks about a "nation of whiners."] [McCAIN - jokes about Gramm as ambassador of Belarus.] [NBC political director Chuck TODD†- comments on the flip-flops behind the scenes now.] [On "Face the Nation," CLARK - says riding in a fighter plane is not a qualification for president.] [OBAMA - defends McCain's service.] What is on tap for the two presidential candidates this week discussed.

Holt, Lester;
Corke, Kevin

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