Evening News Roundup

Various Networks

ABC: Led with good economic news, especially the steepest 3-day oil drop in 25 years. Eight minutes in, mentioned Obama’s strong June fundraising, as well as the slight GOP advantage in cash on hand. Next, package on Obama’s international trip next week. Said the trip and TV ads are designed to bolster his national security image, while the McCain camp calls it “a photo op.” Said any misstep could “backfire” amid all the publicity. Next, mentioned Gore’s environmental challenge, interview clip saying the country must move to renewable energy.

CBS: Led with lift of government warning on salmonella in tomatoes. Five minutes in, covered Gore’s “audacious dare to America’s next president” in his speech on energy and climate change. Mentioned Bill Clinton’s readiness to campaign for Obama and Obama’s June fundraising figures. Briefly recapped Bush’s comments at Tony Snow funeral. Gore summarized and defended his energy plan in taped interview with Couric. Said McCain “deserves credit”  for his stance on climate change and said he “would not take a formal position in any administration.”

NBC: Led with “stunning” drop in oil prices in last few days, other economic news. Turned to Gore climate speech. In interview, Gore said while his proposal is costly to implement, it will save Americans money in the long run. Mentioned Tony Snow’s funeral, Bush’s commemoration speech.

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