Evening News Roundup

various networks

ABC: Led with economics, including a package critical of McCain and Clinton on the gas tax debate. Experts said suspending the tax would cut government funding and not lower prices. Included footage of Clinton at Indiana gas station. Another negative report said Clinton has “conveniently forgotten” the details of a story she tells about an Indiana company being sold to the Chinese, saying her husband’s administration authorized the deal.

CBS: Led with new poll data, called “a mixed bag” for the candidates. Recapped news of Clinton at gas station and riding to work, Obamas eating with Indiana family, audio clip of Clinton-O’Reilly interview. Footage of Obama responding to question about Wright, showed New York newspaper covers suggesting story has not died. Noted that despite his “awful April,” Obama has won more superdels than Clinton since PA primary. Next, package explored why Obama has trouble catching on with blue-collar voters.

NBC: Led with economic woes, including rising gas prices, talk of recession. Aired excerpt of Michelle and Barack Obama’s interview with “Today” where M. Obama weighed in on Wright. Covered Clinton “courting O’Reilly viewers” despite his being one of her harshest critics, mentioned focus on Indiana working class, including her having a sheet metal worker drive her to work. Russert announced new NBC/WSJ poll numbers, said “clearly” Wright has hurt Obama.

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