Just a few weeks ago, I was on vacation swimming in the Pacific ocean. In the water just a few feet from shore, and a few feet from me, was a stingray. I shouted to some of the kids on the beach to come and look. One couple grabbed a camera. But none of us thought for a second that this could be a deadly animal. So I was truly stunned this morning to hear how Steve Irwin had died. Most people know him as television's "Crocodile Hunter." The 44-year-old animal lover and wildlife preservationist was shooting a documentary on the Great Barrier Reef when a stingray struck him in the chest and pierced his heart. Australia's prime minister said today it is a huge loss for his country. We will have all the details tonight.
Then to politics. Labor Day weekend is traditionally when campaigns kick into high gear. This year the war in Iraq is the major factor likely to shape the new Congress. The latest polls and political analysis point to Democrats retaking the House by possibly more than the 15 seats they need. It is looking more like these midterm elections are a referendum on President Bush -- with his low poll numbers taking a toll on Republicans. The White House is pushing back, though, with an aggressive strategy to make national security the primary theme. But it looks like Iraq will remains the focus with more Democrats and some Republicans calling for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to resign. We will have two reports tonight.
Also tonight our series "Whose America?" -- not enough migrant workers to pick fruits and vegetables because of the crackdown on illegal immigration; Baby boomers retrofitting their homes for retirement -- it's big business; and fewer people are making it an annual outing -- is this the end of the State Fair?
See you tonight.