This program is 28 minutes long
(Atlanta: Martin Savidge) Helms profiled; scenes and photos shown; statement from Senator Mitch McConnell quoted; details given of his stance on various issues; Helms political ad against affirmative action shown. [HELMS – speaks against Cuban leader Fidel Castro.] [National Right to Life Committee David O’STEEN- calls Helms a champion of core values.] [Emory University professor Merle BLACK- says the last thing he wanted to do was compromise.] [MSNBC political analyst Pat BUCHANAN- says he was the most principled conservative in the Senate.]
(Santa Barbara: George Lewis) The wildfires in California updated; scenes shown of flames and smoke, planes dropping retardant, people lined up for face masks, the Big Sur fire. [US Forest Service John OWEN- says we have an imminent threat to structures.] [Big Sur Center’s Kurt MAYER- comments.] [Governor Arnold SCHWARZENEGGER – orders more National Guard troops.] [Forest Service district ranger Cindy CHOJNACKY, Mayor Steve CONAWAY- offer differing opinions on fireworks this 4th of July.]
(Miami: Mark Potter) The release of videotape of the rescue of hostages held by rebel forces in Colombia featured; scenes shown of the 3 Americans and Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt being handcuffed, their celebration on the helicopter and Betancourt in France with President Nicolas Sarkozy, who had a role in negotiations; details given from Betancourt’s account of her captivity.
(Butte: Lee Cowan) Senator Barack Obama’s campaign swing to Montana featured; scenes shown of Obama at 4th of July events; details given about his focus on traditional Republican strongholds. [OBAMA – campaigns; says 90 percent of success is showing up.] [Governor Brian SCHWEITZER- comments on Obama’s many trips to his state and Montana voters.]
(Baghdad: Jim Maceda) The 4-64 Armor Army unit on its 3rd deployment in Iraq featured; details given about the 2003 “Thunder Run” in which John Miller, Rob Mullen‡, Bobby Stout and Nick Myer‡ stormed President Saddam Hussein’s palaces and fought at Assassin’s Gate and about the progress of Iraqi troops. [MILLER – notes the change in how Iraqis feel about them.] [MULLEN – says the 4th of July is just another day.] [4-64 veteran Josh MAGER††- predicts there will be a great progression.] [STOUT – says it will be slow changing environment.]
(New York: Ann Curry) The Global Fund’s international effort to finance drugs to fight AIDS featured; details given about Tobha Nzima of Swaziland, whose health improved after taking the free drugs, and about the media exhibit designed to increase AIDS awareness; Magnum agency images shown. [NZIMA – recounts losing her son to AIDS; says she is proud to be an example to other people.] [Global Fund’s Jon LIDÉN- says the generosity of the American people is leading this effort; says the success is if fewer people die.]
(Studio: Lester Holt) More on the NBC Website noted.
(New York: Mike Taibbi) The celebrations this 4th of July reviewed; scenes shown from South Orange, New Jersey, a family planting a flag in the Rocky Mountains, parades. [South Orange village president Douglas NEWMAN- comments on cancelling the fireworks for budget reasons.] [In Charlottesville, Virginia, President BUSH – comments on a protest at a ceremony for new citizens.] [South Orange resident Nekia CUNNINGHAM- says she believes in the democratic process.] [National Museum of American History Riley TEMPLE- reads from the Declaration of Independence.]