This program is 29 minutes long
(White House: David Gregory) The challenge for President Bush to sell his new Iraq strategy featured. [At Ft. Benning, Georgia, BUSH – notes the violence won’t stop immediately.] [In address yesterday, BUSH – accepts responsibility for mistakes.] [Senator Chuck HAGEL- calls Bush’s plan the most dangerous foreign policy blunder since Vietnam] [Senator John McCAIN- says the American people want success.] [Former Clinton chief of staff Leon PANETTA- warns against repeating the same mistakes.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Capitol: Chip Reid) The reaction from Congress to Bush’s plan reviewed; scenes shown from Senate and House hearings and an anti-war protest; details given of Democrats’ plan for a non-binding resolution opposing a troop increase. [Senators Christopher DODD, Joseph BIDEN, John KERRY, Jay ROCKEFELLER, Representatives Robert WEXLER, Neil ABERCROMBIE– criticize the plan.] [To Hagel, Secretary of State Condoleezza RICE- denies it is an escalation.] [Senator Russ FEINGOLD- says it’s time to use the power of the purse to bring our troops out of Iraq.]
(Studio: Brian Williams; Washington: Tim Russert) The political battle over Bush’s plan, Senator Barbara Boxer’s comments on the war and the presidential candidates from Congress who are speaking out discussed.
(Studio: Brian Williams; Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The administration’s “anti-Iran” strategy aimed at stopping Iran from arming and training insurgents in Iraq discussed; details given of the roundup of Iranians in northern Iraq and the deployment of an aircraft carrier and 2 anti-missile batteries in the Persian Gulf.
(Oneco, Florida: Bob Faw) The reaction of Florida residents to President Bush’s speech last night and his call for sending more troops to Iraq featured; scenes shown of a gathering in Oneco and a memorial in Bradenton for soldiers killed in Iraq. [Fallen soldier’s mother Sheila COBB, American Legion members Tammy STATLER, Andrew WALKINSHAW, memorial artist Bill JOHNSON, teacher Dan GREEN, high school student Jessica BROWN- express views.]
(New Orleans: Ron Mott) The outcry in New Orleans against the increase in murders examined; scenes shown of a march against crime; photos shown of victims Dinerral Shavers and Helen Hill; details given of the plan for a crackdown. [MARCHER – says it’s about saving our city.] [New Hope Missionary Baptist Church John RAPHAEL- says the city will not be drowned in the blood of its citizens.] [Mayor Ray NAGIN – says he will focus on making sure murders become a thing of the past.]
(London: Dawna Friesen) British soccer player David Beckham’s whopping new contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy team featured. [BECKHAM – denies he’s going for the money.] [Los Angeles Galaxy general manager Alexi LALAS- states Beckham is excited about what he can do for soccer in America.] [Sports business reporter Darren ROVELL- says Beckham’s deal has given major league soccer a boost.] [Los Angeles Galaxy player Chris ALBRIGHT- says we’re excited to have him.]