Morning Show Wrap

On Reeve, Edwards said: "What I was saying is that Chris Reeve represents hope." Edwards said if you listen to his own doctor, they didn't talk about a cure when Reeve was first injured but now he does.


An emotional Mel Gibson appeared on ABC with Diane Sawyer to make a stinging critique of California Prop. 71, which would earmark state funds for embryonic stem cell research. Gibson said he called California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and when he raised the proposition's support for embryonic stem cell research, Schwarzenegger told him "Uh, I've got to go give a speech now, Mel," Gibson said in his best (or worst) Schwarzenegger impression. "Arnold," Gibson added, "I'm still waiting for your call."

Asked whether he would support embryonic stem cell research if he or his children suffered from a disease that could be cured only by such research, Gisbon said "I would not accept it. I would find a cure," and said there were alternatives.

Of the Presidential candidates, Gibson shook his head and said "I have not seen the candidate who I would support... but when God hands you lemons, you make lemonade… I'll decide which of these guys is the biggest lemon and I'll squeeze him for all he's worth."


ABC's Charlie Gibson said the race for President is a statistical tie: Kerry 49, Bush 48 according to ABC's tracking poll.


ABC's George Stephanopoulos said that "President Bush has to feel like the Boston Red Sox" if he receives the support of a significant number of undecided/moveable voters. Stephanopoulos Noted that historically these voters break away from the President, and most of them this year believe the country is moving in the wrong direction and are concerned more about Iraq and the economy than they are about the war on terror, but that the Bush campaign points out many of them believe the President is going to win and hope that will break them their way.


ABC's Dan Harris mentioned Kerry's statement calling the Red Sox "America's team" and gave extensive time to Kerry's attacks on President Bush over the missing explosives. Harris also Noted that the candidates' staff is pleased the World Series is over – so Kerry can't up late; "A tired candidate makes mistakes."

CBS' Bill Plante played Bush's final campaign commercial, "an emotional appeal," and mentioned the President's appeal to Democrats before saying "Well here's the thing -- There were no Democrats in the audience… That was a ticketed event."

CBS' Jim Acosta played video of Kerry's visit with schoolchildren in Iowa and said "it will be tough to know who the headliner is later today" when Kerry and Springsteen appear together.

NBC's O'Donnell said President Bush "lashed out" at Sen. Kerry and accused him of "denigrating our troops." She said Kerry advisors have admitted publicly that they don't know what happened in Iraq. The explosives story "overshadowed" Bush's effort to make a last minute appeal to Democrats. O'Donnell said Bush will keep up the focus on abortion and gay marriage. She said Bush will hit the same swing states as he did on Wednesday.

NBC's Kelly O'Donnell said Kerry has been wanting Bush to respond to the explosives story and he immediately charged that Bush's comments were insufficient. She said Kerry charged that it is the President who has failed the troops. She also said a Kerry crowd used cell phones to call undecided Iowa voters.


Michael J. Fox told NBC's Katie Couric that "It's a little disingenuous" for Bush to talk about how he is the first President who funded embryonic stem cell research because "he was the first President who had the opportunity to." Fox said that when President Bush was presented with the opportunity, he did not "fully embrace it."

  • 1
  • |
  • 2
Join the Discussion
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...