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Campaign 2004 / Terrorism Threat / Ridge Book / A Discussion #943883

CNN Evening News for Friday, Aug 21, 2009
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The reaction to allegations from former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge about how in 2004 former President George Bush's administration wanted to raise the terrorism threat level for political reasons reported; Ridge's book "The Test of Our Times" about the politics behind the decision & a response from former Bush chief of staff Andy Card & from Mark Corallo, former spokesman for then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, quoted.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held former homeland security official Frances Townsend & Democratic strategist Paul Begala about the Ridge allegations. [TOWNSEND - says Ridge is absolutely trying to sell books; notes it is very expensive to raise the terrorism threat level, but it had nothing to do with politics; reiterates she chaired this meeting that Ridge speaks about & there was strong support from within the group not to raise the levels.] [BEGALA - indicates there is confirmation of what Ridge said about the pressure to raise the threat levels; names two people to watch as to whether there will be a Congressional investigation into the matter.] [TOWNSEND, BEGALA - bicker over the timing of Ridge's books & Bush's politicizing of 9/11.] Other material: Ridge's statement from May 10, 2005, quoted.

Cooper, Anderson

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