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Campaign 2008 / Obama vs. McCain / Iraq Visit / Obama Interview #899244

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jul 21, 2008
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) Senator Barack Obama's trip to Iraq introduced.

(Baghdad: Terry Moran) An interview held with Obama about his plan to withdraw all combat troops from Iraq; scenes shown of Obama at the Baghdad embassy. [OBAMA - says there are concerns from the military about a timetable for pulling out troops; states his job is to think about national security interests as a whole; indicates he does not want to get boxed into a rigid timetable or defer to the commanders on the ground; explains his view on the troop surge: that he would still oppose it.] The decline in casualty statistics in Iraq and the "Iraqi surge" cited.

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Further coverage of the interview on "Nightline" noted.

(Cape Elizabeth, Maine: Ron Claiborne) How Senator John McCain's campaign was diverted to questions about Iraq while he wants to focus on the economy featured; scenes shown of McCain with former President George Bush in Kennebunkport, Maine. [McCAIN - says the surge succeeded and is winning this war.] [BUSH - jokes.] [In South Portland, McCAIN - criticizes Obama about the surge.] New McCain TV ad shown. McCain's itinerary for the week outlined on screen.

(Studio: Charles Gibson, George Stephanopoulos) How well Obama's overseas trip is going so far, Obama's position on Iraq and Iran, the frustration for McCain with Obama getting the coverage and the danger for Obama in spending time on foreign rather than economic policy discussed.

Gibson, Charles;
Moran, Terry;
Claiborne, Ron;
George, Charles Gibson,

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