On October 29, 2004, Larry King interviewed Walter
Cronkite on CNN. This is how Cronkite reacted to seeing a
clip of Osama bin Laden threatening America.
|KING: OK, Walter. What do you make of this?
CRONKITE: Well, I make it out to be initially the
reaction that it's a threat to us, that unless we make
peace with him, in a sense, we can expect further
attacks. He did not say that precisely, but it sounds
like that when he says...
KING: The warning.
CRONKITE: What we just heard. So now the question is
basically right now, how will this affect the election?
And I have a feeling that it could tilt the election a
bit. In fact, I'm a little inclined to think that Karl
Rove, the political manager at the White House, who is a
very clever man, he probably set up bin Laden to this
thing. The advantage to the Republican side is to get rid
of, as a principal subject of the campaigns right now,
get rid of the whole problem of the al Qaqaa explosive dump. Right now,
that, the last couple of days, has, I think, upset the
KING: Are there enough undecideds to tilt this? Or what
do you think of the whole election picture?
CRONKITE: Well, I think it's one of the biggest messes
we've had in a long time. I believe that we're
undoubtedly not going to know the results of this
election. I don't want to knock you off the air on Monday
night or anything, or Tuesday night. But I suspect that
we're not going to know who the next president is,
whether it is Bush or the new man, until very probably
sometime in the early spring. There's so much controversy
that they're planting, deliberately planting at the
polls, that there's almost certainly to be a suit going
back to the Supreme Court eventually, going through the
other courts slowly first...