Evening News Roundup

Various networks

NBC: Led with ‘08 race overview, highlighting Clinton trying to “stay alive,” Obama running against McCain, McCain’s war speech. Lengthy section on Clinton’s damage control over Bosnia flap, airing portion of radio interview with pilot saying it didn’t happen that way, Andrea Mitchell agreeing. Noted some questioning her role in Ireland peace deal, Obama attacking her on domestic issues — including SCHIP, where Ted Kennedy has come to her defense. Russert delivered poll numbers. Package on McCain speech said event was more about taking on “perceptions about him” and targets beyond GOP base. Pointed out how he got unusually personal when talking about war, argued for the current strategy but “clearly set out to distance himself from Bush in key areas.”

ABC: Led with revelations that lung cancer study was funded by tobacco money. Then, turned to Democrats, saying many concerned about recent tone. Started with Obama speech where he reflected on length of campaign, said wants to make sure tone of the campaign doesn’t get too rough it hurts their White House chances. Noted Gallup percentage of their supporters who would switch to McCain if one or the other isn’t the nominee. Tennessee Gov. Bredesen said the “nastiness is only going to get worse.”

CBS: Led with economic woes, citing government report on slowing economy, rising prices. Covered housing crisis, did package on candidates’ stances on economy, said recent answers have “been drowned out by other topics,” including Obama’s pastor, McCain’s terrorism gaffe, Clinton’s Bosnia claims.

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