This program is 29 minutes long
(Democracy Plaza: Tom Brokaw) President Bush’s victory over Senator John Kerry in the presidential election reported; electoral map shown; vote count cited.
(White House: David Gregory) Bush’s triumph featured; photo shown of Bush on the phone with Senator John Kerry, whom he praised as an “admirable & worthy opponent”; details given of early fears of defeat due to misleading exit poll figures and frustration over Kerry’s initial refusal to concede; scenes shown of the Bush family watching returns at the White House. [BUSH – says America has spoken; speaks of the divisiveness.]
(Democracy Plaza: Tom Brokaw) Vote count for Ohio cited.
(Boston: Kelly O’Donnell) Kerry’s concession featured; scenes shown from Boston’s Faneuil Hall; details given of the importance of the Ohio vote. [KERRY – relates his phone call with Bush; says he hopes to begin the healing; praises his supporters; speaks of bridging the partisan divide.]
(Democracy Plaza: Tom Brokaw, Tim Russert) Bush’s successful campaign discussed.
(Democracy Plaza: Brian Williams) The exit poll figures examined; figures cited for the youth vote, the moral values issue & the Iraq war; details given of misconceptions about the first wave of numbers, which showed Kerry winning.
(Democracy Plaza: Tom Brokaw) Senate race results, including Senator Tom Daschle’s defeat by John Thune in South Dakota & Barack Obama’s victory in the Illinois Senate race, reviewed; the political makeup of the House & Senate outlined.
(New York: Andrea Mitchell) The identity crisis for the Democratic Party examined; scenes shown of White House staffers in hunting outfits, mimicking Senator John Kerry’s goose-hunting trip, and of President Bush starting a NASCAR race; details given of the importance of the issues of “guns, God & gays.” [Southern politics analyst Merle BLACK- says there is no effective conservative wing left in the Party.] [Democratic strategist Steven JARDING- comments on rural & Southern America’s view of Democrats as smug.]
(Democracy Plaza: Tom Brokaw) The continued absence from the Supreme Court of Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who is undergoing treatment for thyroid cancer, noted.
(Supreme Court: Pete Williams) The impact of likely new appointments to the Supreme Court during President Bush’s 2nd term examined; details given of the belief that Democratic Senators will block nominees they consider too conservative. [September 2, BUSH – declares he will appoint judges who know the difference between personal opinion & the strict interpretation of the law.] [Supreme Court expert Professor Mark TUSHNET- predicts there won’t be any dramatic changes.] [Anti-abortion lawyer Jay SEKULOW- comments on the partial-birth abortion ban.]
(Democracy Plaza: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Wausau, Wisconsin: Bob Faw) The political division that deepened during the presidential campaign featured; details given of issues that sparked debate. [Wisconsin voters Wayne WOZNIAK, Jason MELL, Bonnie BLETSOE, WSAU talk show host Pat SNYDER, Gene KRUEGER- comment.] [Republican chairperson of Marathon County, Wisconsin, Pat RASMUSSEN- comments on fear following 9/11.] [Wisconsin state senator David ZIEN- notes voters equated Senator John Kerry with Jane Fonda.] [Democratic chairperson of Marathon County Marlys MATUSZAK- says you have to keep trying
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