This program is 29 minutes long
(Des Moines: Andrea Mitchell) The Democratic campaign in Iowa featured; scenes shown of Obama, Senator Hillary Clinton and John Edwards at rallies; details given of criticism of the poll. [OBAMA, CLINTON, EDWARDS – campaign.] [EDWARDS – says his message will work anywhere in America.] [“Des Moines Register” David YEPSEN- notes the difficulty in predicting this race.] [Voter Jessica HANSEN- comments.]
(Los Angeles: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Des Moines: David Gregory) The race among the Republicans featured; scenes shown of Huckabee playing his guitar and Senator John McCain and Mitt Romney campaigning; ads shown. [HUCKABEE – campaigns.] [NBC News political director Chuck TODD- comments on Huckabee’s decision to pull an ad attacking Romney.] McCain’s lead in New Hampshire noted.
(Los Angeles: Brian Williams; Des Moines: Tim Russert) The excitement in Iowa and what voters are looking for discussed.
(No location given: Martin Fletcher) The chaos in Kenya following a disputed election featured scenes shown of a burned-out church, bodies, homes on fire, rioting. [Opposition leader Raila ODINGA- says this killing must stop.] [Muslim Human Rights Forum Al Amin KIMATHI- says we see the escalation towards a civil war.]
(Washington: Pete Williams) The new laws taking affect on January 1 featured; examples cited. [Airline passenger Robert McKEE††, Minnesota state senator John MARTY†, Arizona state representative John KAVANAGH†, Illinois MAN, Florida state representative Ralph POPPEL†- comment.]
(New York: Robert Bazell) The search for airline passengers who sat near a woman who traveled around the world with tuberculosis featured; maps shown of the woman’s trip aboard an American Airlines plane; details recalled of the Andrew Speaker case last May. [Santa Clara, California, health director Dr. Marty FENSTERSHEIB†- comments on the search; says it’s difficult to transmit TB.]
(Beloit, Wisconsin: Anne Thompson) Efforts by snack food makers to use more environmentally sound techniques featured; scenes shown of the Kettle Foods plant in Wisconsin, which was recognized as America’s Greenest Food Manufacturer for its use of recycled water and oil, natural light and wind turbines, and from a Frito Lay plant. [Kettle Foods Jim GREEN- comments on the company’s commitment to sustainability; cites energy savings.] [Frito Lay energy and utility manager Al HALVORSEN- cites decreases in water, natural gas and electricity use.]
(Los Angeles: Josh Mankiewicz) Iowa’s role in the presidential election featured; scenes shown of campaigning; details given of questions about the caucus process. [Republican political consultant Roger STONE- says Iowa is not representative of America.] [LATimes.com politics blogger Andrew MALCOLM- says if it wasn’t Iowa it would be somewhere else.] [Republican strategist Dan SCHNUR- notes bigger states get a little resentful.] [Presidential historian Michael BESCHLOSS- notes Iowa’s impact on the candidates.]