CNN Evening News for Thursday, Feb 12, 2009
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(Springfield, Illinois: Ed Henry) The withdrawal by Senator Judd Gregg of his nomination to be Commerce Secretary and the reaction to it featured. [In Springfield, Illinois, President OBAMA - says Gregg had a change of heart.] [GREGG - says withdrawing in unfair, but....] [OBAMA - says common ground exists.] A statement from White House press secretary Robert Gibbs quoted. [Just now, OBAMA - speaks about Abraham Lincoln and jokes about the Commerce Secretary.] What the administration was looking for from Gregg in round two of the economic stimulus program and the coordination between the White House and Gregg about the latter's press conference and why the Commerce Secretary became a big deal discussed.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The question of whether the Republicans have declared war on Obama raised.
(Washington: Tom Foreman) The Republican assault on Obama's initiatives starting with the stimulus bill examined. [Senator Lindsey GRAHAM - speaks out.] ["Weekly Standard"'s Stephen HAYES- says Republicans are NOT declaring war.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's David Gergen, Joe Johns and John King about Gregg, Obama and the program. [GERGEN - calls this an embarrassment for Gregg, but the Obama team rushed into this--that there are great philosophical divides in Washington.]