Morning Show Wrap


"Today" played an excerpt from Bush's interview with Telemundo. Bush is told by the interviewer that he hears from people "in the community" that Bush is "a very good man" and that he is a "man of values" but he also hears from people that Bush is "very stubborn." Bush laughed and said: "I listen to very smart, capable people. But on big matters: I stand on principle. It's very important for people to recognize that. America must not show weakness or uncertainty. That will lead to tragedy. This is a job where the buck stops here.


McCain called the rhetoric in this campaign "bad on both sides." McCain said mistakes are made in every war but that the key is moving Iraq to elections and a functioning, if not flawed, democracy much as the United States did in Afghanistan. McCain said of Clinton: "We will never see his likes again." But he doubted what impact Clinton would have on the race for President: "He did a good job at the Democratic convention but it didn't affect the numbers much."


RNC Chair Ed Gillespie appeared on "Fox and Friends" and said Kerry is "very adept" at trying to convince people that he is something that he's not. But Gillespie doesn't believe that Kerry saying life begins at conception or going hunting will change the way people look at him because they know his record in those areas.

DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe who appeared on "Fox and Friends" later in the program said: "In 2000, if we had gone to Kinko's in the morning and Xeroxed that Butterfly Ballot and showed it to people in West Palm Beach, Al Gore would be President right now."


ABC's Jake Tapper had a light-hearted piece on Barbie running for President that included interviews with Bush advisor Mark McKinnon and Kerry advisor Tad Devine.


ABC's Bob Woodruff handled a new National Geographic documentary on the Secret Service.


CBS' Steve Kroft previewed his Jon Stewart piece which will air Sunday on "60 Minutes." Kroft interviewed Stewart before his appearance on CNN's "Crossfire."

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