This day 15 years ago it was Campaign 2000 in full swing. With Al Gore consummating the nomination the previous night, he set out to do some one-on-one campaigning on the Mississippi. Republican candidate George Bush was busy in Gore’s home state of Tennessee, drumming up support and claiming Gore was trying to divide America. It was going to be a case of criss-crossing, pledging and promising all the way to November.
Meanwhile, the recurring skin Cancer woes of John McCain were back in the news – sporting a baseball cap, McCain told reporters he got a clean bill of health, one more scare was eliminated and he’d be back on the campaign trail over Labor Day.
Likewise for Reform Party Presidential Candidate Pat Buchanan, who emerged from surgery to remove his Gall Bladder. Buchanan’s sister told reporters he had been plagued with the problem for some time, but had hoped to postpone surgery until after election day.
The Firestone Tire recall story was gaining traction. Reports were coming in that the Feds were planning on expanding the scope of the recall to include, not only tires that had already been recalled by Firestone, but by tires not recalled in the U.S. and in other countries, saying the Firestone recall isn’t broad enough and really covering all the problem tires. As of this day, over 6 1/2 million Firestone tires had been recalled; most installed on SUV‘s and Trucks. More than 60 deaths had been linked to the faulty tires.
Worries over the fate of the crew of the Russian submarine Kursk were intensifying, with offers from the Pentagon to help in efforts to rescue the trapped crew members on the sunken sub. So far, attempts at releasing the escape hatch were unsuccessful, as damage to the sub had been worse than originally estimated.
And Tropical Storm Chris was gathering winds and force off the coast of Antigua, and could become a full-fledged Hurricane in the coming days. Watching and waiting – waiting and watching.
And that’s a small slice of what went on this August 18th in 2000, as presented by The CBS World News Roundup-Late Edition.