This program is 29 minutes long
(Washington: Katie Couric) The tidal wave of change after the elections in which the Democrats won the House & may win the Senate & the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld introduced.
(White House: Jim Axelrod) President Bush's replacement of Rumsfeld with former CIA director Robert Gates featured; details given about the situation in Iraq. [BUSH - admits the election was a "thumpin'"; states "fresh eyes" are needed on Iraq; promises to work with people of both parties; comments on the goals in Iraq.] [RUMSFELD - paraphrases Winston Churchill about criticism.] [GATES - speaks about returning to duty.] [On October 25, BUSH - praises Rumsfeld.]
(Washington: Katie Couric; Washington: Bob Schieffer) The selection of Gates, who worked under former President George Bush, to head the Defense Department, & how it might lead to a major overall re-evaluation in Iraq discussed.
(Washington: Katie Couric; Baghdad: Lara Logan) The reaction of the US military & the Iraqi government to the replacement of Rumsfeld discussed.
(Washington: Katie Couric) Live in-studio interview held with retired Army Gen. John Batiste about Rumsfeld. [BATISTE - says Rumsfeld & company made wrong decisions early on in Iraq; states Rumsfeld was arrogant & dismissive & the wrong person in war time & should have stepped down during the Abu Ghraib scandal.]
(Washington: Katie Couric) Taped interview held with Representative Nancy Pelosi about the Rumsfeld resignation. [PELOSI - says the resignation is good news because the implementation of policy in Iraq has been a failure; hopes this will lead to the eventual withdrawal of troops.]
(Washington: Katie Couric) The makeup of the new House, the declaration of Jon Tester as victor over Senator Conrad Burns in the Montana race, the makeup of the Senate & the status of the Virginia Senate race between Senator George Allen & Democrat Jim Webb reviewed.
(Richmond: Byron Pitts) The Virginia Senate race updated; details given about the state law on a recount of the vote. [WEBB, ALLEN, Allen campaign advisor Ed GILLESPIE- comment on the vote numbers.] [Virginia Commonwealth University Robert HOLSWORTH- outlines the two options for Allen.]
(Washington: Katie Couric) The success story for Republicans with the re-election of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger noted.
(Washington: Gloria Borger) Some interesting trends in these elections reviewed; details given about Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman, the vote by women for Democratic candidates, the white evangelical vote for Republicans, the support for immigration reform, the election of Deval Patrick as the black governor Massachusetts, the election of the first Muslim Congressman, Keith Ellison of Minnesota & the big win for Senator Hillary Clinton.
(Washington: Katie Couric) Representative Nancy Pelosi's background reviewed. [In CBS interview, PELOSI - comments on what she has called President Bush for his failures in Iraq & Hurricane Katrina; states Democrats hope to work in a bipartisan mode; says immigration & the minimum wage has to be addressed; notes raising taxes would be a last resort & other ways can be found to support better priorities; reacts to being the first woman Speaker of the House & in breaking the "marble ceiling."]
(Washington: Katie Couric) Statement from Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert that he does not want to be House minority leader noted.
(Washington: Katie Couric) The fact the outgoing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is the oldest & the youngest man to hold the job noted.
(Washington: Bob Orr) Rumsfeld's tour of duty reviewed; details given of early criticism by the military, his role in September 11, the wars in Afghanistan & Iraq & the scandal at Abu Ghraib. [Over the years, RUMSFELD - speaks about the war; states you go to war with the Army you have; tells Senator Edward Kennedy he has offered his resignation twice.] [Today, RUMSFELD - tells the troops they will remain in his prayers.]