Evening News Roundup

various networks

ABC: Led with politics, looking at both candidates in battleground states. Clip of Obama vowing to “whoop ’em” in Virginia, and McCain appealing to female voters in Florida. Additional report said Clinton’s campaign is discouraging veep talk from supporters, and there will be no joint Clinton-Obama appearance on Saturday. Then, McCain interview.

CBS: Led with Khalid Shaikh Mohammed hearing, followed by brief political block. In Campaign Notebook, word of Clinton camp saying the VP decision is up to Obama, Obama’s own comments about a running mate, the DNC adopting Obama’s standards on donations, and McCain’s fundraising numbers. Jeff Greenfield reflected on RFK 40 years after his killing.

NBC: Led with airline woes, turned to politics about 7 minutes in. Said Obama spent the day trying to consolidate control over the party, adding he headed south to court blue collar voters in Appalachia, while McCain went to Florida to do the same. Noted Clinton statement saying she wasn’t seeking Veep slot, NY delegation’s comments about Clinton’s exit. Next, package covered significance of Obama nomination to African Americans, Rep. John Lewis said “it is unreal.” Ended with commemorative RFK package.

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