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Obama / Asia Trip Cost / A Discussion #978857

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Nov 04, 2010
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The made-up myth about the cost of President Obama's trip to Asia being 200 million dollars a day examined; details given about where the numbers came from: an Indian press report without proof that has spread to conservative talk radio. [Last night, Representative Michele BACHMANN - says Obama's trip to India with an entourage will cost 200 million dollars a day and this is over-the-top spending.] [November 2, radio talk show host Rush LIMBAUGH; today, voice of Glenn BECK; radio hosts Don IMUS†, Michael SAVAGE†- cite the cost of the president's trip.] The White House response noted. [White House press secretary Robert GIBBS†- says costs are comparable to other presidents.] [Pentagon press secretary Geoff MORRELL - denies the Navy is supporting the trip.] The hard facts about the trips made by President Bill Clinton and Obama's coming four-country trip outlined on screen.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with former Bush chief of staff Andrew Card and CNN's James Carville about presidential travel cost. [CARD - says Obama should keep his entourage as small as possible; notes none of the pundits have called him; states CNN is hyping this so much: that there are bigger issues to talk about.] [CARVILLE - comments.] [CARD - comments on quotes from Senator Mitch McConnell, what Republicans want to do about government, how the president is obligated to cooperate with Republicans; outlines how the government will work.] [CARVILLE - comments on McConnell.] Other material: [On Fox, Representative John BOEHNER - says this health care bill will never be implemented.] [McCONNELL†- says we need to put someone else in the White House.] [OBAMA - talks about moving forward together.]

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