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CBS Evening News, NBC Sunday Today and CNN Sunday Morning Cover Cindy's Protest


CBS Evening News 6:30 AM EST
Saturday, August 6, 2005

THALIA ASSURAS, anchor:

While President Bush has heralded the sacrifices of the fallen, his words were met with anger today and questions about the politics of syntax. Here's Mark Knoller.

Group of Protesters: (Chanting in unison) W. killed her son. W. killed her son.

MARK KNOLLER reporting:

Led by the mother of a US soldier killed in Iraq, some 50 protesters today tried to take their pain and anger to the president at his ranch.

Ms. CINDY SHEEHAN (Gold Star Families For Peace): He took something away from me that's irreplaceable. He's going on a five-week vacation when we're in the middle of war, and I'm never going to be able to enjoy another vacation because he killed my oldest son.

NBC Sunday Today 9:00 AM EST
Sunday, August 7, 2005

ALISON STEWART, anchor:

And now to the war in Iraq. The latest Newsweek poll shows 61 percent of Americans do not approve of the way President Bush is handling the war. That is up from 54 percent last month. One mother voiced her opinion about the war, close to President Bush's Texas ranch. NBC's Don Teague has more.

DON TEAGUE reporting:

Under a blistering Texas sun...

Group: (In unison) Had enough! Stop the war!

TEAGUE: Cindy Sheehan and a group of several dozen protesters set out to make a point.

Ms. CINDY SHEEHAN: I want to let him know that it hurts to have a child killed.

TEAGUE: Sheehan's son, Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed while fighting in Iraq last year. She and the other protesters have come to Crawford following a week that saw at least 29 US servicemen killed in Iraq. They've come, they say, to save other sons and daughters and demand answers from President Bush, who, on Thursday insisted Americans are not dying in vain.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: And the family members of those who lost their lives, I hope they can take comfort in the fact that millions of their fellow citizens pray for them. I hope they also take comfort in the understanding that the sacrifice was made in a noble cause.

TEAGUE: Words of comfort from the president, but for Cindy Sheehan...

Ms. SHEEHAN: We want to talk to George Bush, and we mean it.

TEAGUE: ...neither the face-to-face meeting she hoped for nor the arrest she was expecting. Instead, Sheehan was met here by two of the president's top advisers, a surprise, but she says still not enough.

Ms. SHEEHAN: George Bush is the one that I want to talk to.

TEAGUE: So, she says, she'll wait by the road for the president himself for as long as it takes. Don Teague, NBC News, Crawford.

CNN SUNDAY MORNING 7:00 AM EST
Sunday, August 7, 2005

Well, the surge of violence in Iraq is shattering President Bush on his month long vacation at his Texas ranch. After his arrival three days ago Mr. Bush said that the U.S. troops killed in Iraq died for a noble cause. A "Newsweek" poll suggest a doubting public would ask how President Bush is handling the situation in Iraq. Sixty one percent of Americans say they disapprove. About a third, 34 percent are supporting the president.

About 50 protesters carried that same complaint to within a few miles of President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. The mother of one soldier killed in Iraq is demanding answers.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

CINDY SHEEHAN, GOLD STAR FAMILIES FOR PEACE: I want to ask the president why did he kill my son. What did my son die for? Last week he said my son died in a noble cause, and I want to ask him what that noble cause is.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HARRIS: Her 24 year old son, Casey, was killed in Sadr City in April of last year. Cindy Sheehan says she'll remain camped near the Bush ranch for the entire month.

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