CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 08, 2010
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(Studio: Tom Foreman) The background of Imam Feisal Rauf, the man behind the New York mosque controversy, presented and discussed; Rauf's earlier statements, his partner Sharif el-Gemal, the issue of whether Rauf is a New Jersey slumlord, Rauf's late father's possible link to a radical group and his work on behalf of the State Department reviewed.
(Studio: Soledad O'Brien) Excerpt from the Rauf interview shown. [RAUF - explains what could happen if we do not handle this crisis correctly.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper; studio: Soledad O'Brien) What the imam is trying to say about the issue and how we can extract ourselves from a tricky problem discussed.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion continued with CNN's O'Brien, David Gergen and Fareed Zakaria, construction worker Andy Sullivan, author Bruce Feiler, firefighter brother killed on 9/11, Rosaleen Tallon about the imam and the mosque controversy. [GERGEN - says Rauf came across as a man of peace, but he has not heard the voices of people with genuine feelings about the issue.] [TALLON - says the solution is for Rauf to build in another location.]