This program is about 1 hour long
(Studio: Aaron Brown) "The Whip" introduced.
(Dallas: John King; Cleveland: Candy Crowley; Columbus: Dan Lothian; Palm Beach: John Zarrella) "NewsNight"'s major headlines previewed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) After the whip; more stories previewed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The finals hours of the presidential race between President Bush & Senator John Kerry introduced; map shown of the campaign stops for both candidates.
(Dallas: John King) The final day of Bush's final campaign featured; scenes shown of Bush on the tarmac in Pittsburgh & from a rally in Dallas. [In Pennsylvania, BUSH - says the president should keep his word; states the finish line is in sight; speaks about Kerry, taxes & national security; promises to defend America.] [White House adviser Karl ROVE†- predicts a win.] The importance of Ohio & Florida discussed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.
(Cleveland: Candy Crowley) Kerry's campaign on election eve featured; scenes shown of Bruce Springsteen singing. [KERRY - jokes about being in Florida.] [KERRY - says he will never forget this rally in Milwaukee; calls for change in the direction of America for the better.] Kerry's plans to return to Boston for Election Day outlined.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The standings of Bush & Kerry in the latest poll of polls & in the CNN/"USA Today"/Gallup poll for Florida cited.
(Studio: Aaron Brown, Bill Schneider) What will be looked for in the first exit polls tomorrow about the voter turnout, whether there has been a momentum shift for Kerry in the last week on important foreign policy issues & whether the Iraq explosives/terrorism stories changed the dynamics discussed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown, Jeff Greenfield) The opportunities that challenger Kerry & Bush missed in the campaign discussed with examples cited.
(Studio: Aaron Brown; Harrisburg: Deborah Feyerick; Columbus: Dan Lothian; Palm Beach: John Zarrella) The "ground game" on the eve of the presidential election in Pennsylvania, Ohio & Florida, including efforts to get out the voters, the legal issues about voting at the polls in Ohio & the polling in Florida, where there are 1.2 million new voters in the state with an enormous voter turnout, discussed. The question of Republican plans to challenge voting in Ohio & Pennsylvania outlined.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live discussion held with "Washington Post"'s Dana Milbank, MTV's John Norris, The Hotline's Chuck Todd & USC's Elizabeth Garrett about tomorrow's election. [From Washington, MILBANK - says we have no idea what will happen tomorrow with signs of an elevated turnout; explains why new voters could favor Senator John Kerry.] [In-studio, NORRIS - predicts young people will vote tomorrow.] [TODD - says the "love" for President Bush is an unknown variable in this race; suggests a huge turnout could change the election.] [From Los Angeles, GARRETT - says we don't know what the new voters will do in this post-September 11 world; comments on the chances for a legal brawl.]
The latest American casualties in Iraq listed on screen.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live discussion held with the "Brown Table" group of "Boston's Globe"'s Nina Easton, Washingtonpost.com's Terry Neal & "Wall Street Journal"'s John Harwood about the tomorrow's election between President Bush & Senator John Kerry. [From Washington, HARWOOD - says the Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's videotape has had a small effect on the race; states the first debate was the defining moment.] [From Atlanta, NEAL - predicts the new voters will show up tomorrow because people are strongly for or against Bush; states the defining moment was Kerry's missed chance at the Democratic convention.] [From Washington, EASTON - says the issue at the end of the day will be Iraq, but Kerry's support for going to war in Iraq was at odds with his voting record of opposing wars & the Bush camp used it against him; states the Bush campaign underestimated Kerry before the first debate.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown; Columbus: Dan Lothian) The question of the legal issues in the state of Ohio prior to tomorrow's voting in the presidential election, including the likelihood that Republicans challengers will not be allowed at the polls tomorrow, discussed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown, Bill Schneider, Jeff Greenfield) The biggest untold stories in the campaign discussed: that the Democrats had enough money to compete, the defining moment of the first debate for Senator John Kerry & President Bush, the impact of the Swift boat campaign on Kerry, the missed opportunity for Kerry at the Democratic convention, the lack of a last-minute address to the nation by either candidate because of the focus on the battleground states.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The story of jazz musician Michael Austin, who was wrongly convicted of murder in 1975, freed in 1992 & will vote for the first time in his life tomorrow, featured. [AUSTIN - recalls what happened when he found out he would be released from prison after 27 years; explains how important is freedom, about losing a lifetime & being able to vote tomorrow.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The headlines of today's morning newspapers presented; front pages shown from the papers from the "Stars & Stripes"' the "Christian Science Monitor"; Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Colorado, Chattanooga, Tennessee, San Francisco, Boston & Chicago.