CNN Evening News for Thursday, Jul 31, 2008
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(Washington: Dana Bash) The injection of the issue of race and politics into the presidential election campaign between Senators John McCain and Barack Obama examined; statements from McCain campaign's Rick Davis and Steve Schmidt that Obama is playing the race card quoted. [In Missouri yesterday, OBAMA - says the Republicans are trying to scare you about my funny name.] [With John King, McCAIN - says Obama is playing the race card.] [June 20, voice of OBAMA - says they'll say he is young, inexperienced and has a funny name and is black.]
(Washington: Wolf Blitzer) Live "Strategy Session" held with CNN's David Gergen, Roland Martin and "Washington Times" columnist Tara Wall about McCain, Obama, race and politics. [WALL - says McCain is not crossing a line.] [MARTIN - outlines what was Obama's mistake.] [GERGEN - says this is turning into a knife fight that was started by McCain's side and that race is the elephant in the room; comments on Obama's slippage in the Gallup poll and how he might like to take a fresh look at Senator Hillary Clinton as the vice presidential choice.] [WALL - says Clinton's negatives outweigh the positives and the independent vote is up for grabs.]
(Washington: Wolf Blitzer) Quinnipiac University poll findings on the standing of McCain and Obama in battleground states cited.