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The Coop Back On AC360 = The King On The Road

Wednesday, 11.07.07

Yesterday, John hopped down the east coast as he headed southward from New York to South Carolina and reported live from the town of Anderson. (lol!!) His backdrop? The town’s Annual Chili Cookoff festival. We’ve got a new food to add to our discussion list!!

Since the topic of culinary delights seems to come up from time to time here at johnthenewsking, I decided to add a whole new category: Foodstuffs!

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BLITZER: How is the chili, John, that you’ve got over there? Take a bite. Let us know.

KING: We are at the…

BLITZER: Our viewers are…

KING: The 9th Annual…

BLITZER: I thought it was ice cream originally, but you’ve got a little chili there. You deserve it. You’re working real hard. All right, John and Gloria, thanks.

KING: It’s the Emerson South Carolina Chili Cook-Off. It’s great.

Even though the CNN transcript reads as Emerson, I googled information about the cookoff and it is actually in Anderson, South Carolina, where John was reporting live from. He was there following the Republican candidates as they were stumping in The Palmetto State.

Usually there is a big leader that state by now, he says, but “all of the polls show pretty much a dead heat here in South Carolina in this wide-open race for the Republican nomination… As the vote gets closer, the tensions are rising, especially in the Thompson campaign, which knows it must win South Carolina. And Romney believes, if he can Iowa and win New Hampshire and win South Carolina, despite those national polls Bill Schneider was just talking about, it would all be over.”

In the next hour of the show, he came back for a roundtable discussion with Jack Cafferty and Gloria Borger.

I don’t know where exactly John is heading to next on the campaign trail, but he did mention on Monday night to Tom Foreman (who was in Iowa) that “I’ll be there soon.” Also, next week Thursday a larger debate will be in held Las Vegas, which is being sponsored by CNN. So, it may be likely we’ll see him there as well. By all means, not a bad place to travel to for work!!

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Enjoy your Wednesday hump-day everyone!

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Subplots In The Republican Race

Tuesday, 10.16.07

Ok, so the caffeine has worn off now…

John was on AC 360 last night to provide analysis of how the GOP candidates are starting to get, well, a little testy with each other in their campaigns, trying to distinguish each other from one another… as there is no real front runner yet.

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(screencap courtesy of All Things Anderson)

Anderson opened the discussion by saying, “Tonight, with caucuses and primaries getting closer, kind of, Thompson lashed out at fellow Republicans, not by name, but the targets were pretty unmistakable, Mitt Romney and Rudy Guiliani. And he did it right here in New York. “

John began with “It’s about 81 days until the first votes in Iowa, Anderson. The Republican race still has no clear front-runner. So, it’s getting more pointed and more personal.”

His report on this story, “Who is a ‘real’ Republican?” can be viewed here.

In the piece, Thompson is shown speaking to an audience saying “Some people think, seemingly, that we need to defeat the Democrats next year by becoming more like them.”

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John points out that Thompson “didn’t name names… Yet, there is no doubt the target was Giuliani, the pro-abortion-rights, pro-gay-rights former New York City mayor.

Giuliani, John says, prefers to emphasize terrorism and leadership over social issues and that staying above the fray won’t be easy.

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What does McCain have to comment on about all this testiness?

“We also should examine people’s records as to whether they’re — quote — ‘real Republicans or not.’ ”

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John continues that “The GOP race is wide open in part because none of the leading candidates gets perfect grades from conservatives.”

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At the end of John’s piece, Anderson asked, “Now, John, last week at the Republican debate, it was all about attacking Hillary Clinton. Why now are they focusing on each other?”

John provided this analysis: “Well, they’re still attacking Hillary Clinton. But one subplot of the Republican race is, who would be the strongest candidate against the presumed Democrat, who is Hillary Clinton right now?

But another subplot is, who will be the leader of the party post- George W. Bush. This is a fascinating race between all these candidates who essentially want to redefine the Republican Party in the post-Bush era, and they have significant philosophical differences among them. They agree on most of the big-picture things, like Iraq, but they disagree on spending and taxes, some of the social issues.

So, it’s a fascinating fight, and it’s going to play out a lot over the next 80 days. “

Wow, at minimum 80 more days of this back and forth bickering?

[sarcasm] Lovely. Just lovely. [/sarcasm]

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Planes, No Trains, and Automobiles

Tuesday, 10.09.07 

John’s ride with John McCain on the Election Express was not the first time he climbed aboard a campaign bus this political season to interview a Presidential Candidate.   

In early September, John was in Sioux City Iowa, following Fred Thompson on the campaign trail:

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I first thought they were aboard CNN’s Election Express, until a side view shot of the bus with Thompson’s name appeared at the bottom left of the multi-screen panel:

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It was Fred Thompson’s own set of smooth wheels traveling across the landscape of America!John’s video, “On The Bus With Fred”  covers his interview with the late-entering candidate, who is in an amazingly good position, considering he has not been in the running very long. 

Now, I’ve done some election pieces about John and planes, John and automobiles, but alas no pieces about John and trains. 

In this day and age, super-dee-duper buses substitute for the times when Presidential Candidates used to reach the common folk by train…

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Do any of ya think this train looks “sexy”?  Those speaker horns on top look pretty snazzy to me!

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