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All Political Eyes Are On Iowa

Thursday, 12.13.07

Howdy to all! This evening I wanted to start off with a screencap Cyn sent over to me:

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John was joking around with Kyra Phillips yesterday from Iowa. Here’s the transcript of the banter during the afternoon broadcast of CNN Newsroom:

PHILLIPS: We all like to break the rules. Candy Crowley, John King, Wolf Blitzer, especially John King. See there you go. I knew it…

KING: Snowball?

PHILLIPS: Yes, save me that snowball pal.

Speaking of Cyn, you might have noticed that I’ve added a new link to johnthenewsking: her Michael Ware blog, “Ware~Abouts”. For all the Mick Ware fans, her site is definitely the place to check out!! I can tell you this, Cyn really knows her MW stuff!!

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Last night on AC360, John opened the program with the “Raw Politics”. Here’s Anderson right before tossing it to John as he introduced the program’s lead story: the last Republican Iowa Debate before the critical date of January 3rd.

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John reported that the debate was markedly not “feisty”. This had to do with the fact that the debate moderators had set up some ground rules prior to the event. Some hot button issues were off-topic, such as Iraq and Immigration. That didn’t stop some of the candidates from trying to squeeze those topics in, though!

He also noted that Mike Huckabee tried to smooth over some tensions with Mitt Romney over recent remarks he had made about Mormonism:

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Although that surely wasn’t the smartest thing to say about one’s competition, at least Huckabee went straight to Romney after the debate and apologized for that remark. Will that gesture be enough to fan out this most recent spark of fire? I guess time will tell…

After his voice-over piece, John was joined on the program by Donna Brazille and Bill Bennett for a round-table discussion.

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John discussed Huckabee’s efforts to build himself up as a bigger figure, a larger figure, one who is trying to bring everyone together. He said, “Anderson, strategically here in Iowa, he knows the next three weeks he’s going to be catching a lot of harpoons so he’s trying to be big. Trying to say, ‘I want to end the polarization, I want to end the politics.’ So that when the rivals come at him, maybe voters will say, ‘Isn’t that that nice guy to wanted to bring the country together?'”

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He also discussed Rudy Giuliani’s public image surrounding the scandal of his affair while in office, including the fact that he has been married three times.

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These personal issues about Giuliani were touched on during the debate, but as John pointed out “If there was a voter out there who won’t vote for Giuliani because he’s on his third marriage, that voter already knows that information, Anderson.”

A summary of today’s Democratic debate will be included in tomorrow’s blog.

Have a great Thursday everyone and take care!

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Changes In Emphasis

Tuesday, 11.27.07

Ok, so today’s post title – as you will read – actually refers to Rudy Giuliani’s stance(s) on abortion, but it also refers to my evolving taste in blog format and colors!! Black was nice for a while. However, I hope that a return to a lighter theme will be appreciated and that I will be forgiven for changing the layout again, lol!

On to today’s post…

Anderson Cooper was back at the helm of his show last night after a week off.

During the second “Keeping Them Honest” segment of the evening, John covered Rudy Giuliani’s evolving position on abortion over the last 20 years. (The first segment, Candy Crowley’s report, focused on the “cattiness” of election season mudslingling.)

Before tossing it over to John, Anderson said that “some call it human” and “some call it pandering for votes”. Regardless of how you look at it, it is clear that Giuliani has publicly stated varying positions on this hot-button issue throughout the last 20 years.

During his report, John interviewed Kelli Conlin, an abortion rights activist who was part of Giuliani’s mayor-elect team back in 1989.

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She said during the interview that “[Giuliani] never seemed to have a struggle with the issue when he was mayor. He was very, very proudly pro-choice.”

As Mayor of New York, Giuliani signed a proclamation which designated an official “Roe vs. Wade Day” on its 25th anniversary. However, now as a presidential candidate he is on the record as saying “I’m against abortion. I hate it.”

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Last night, John’s “Keeping Them Honest,” segment reviewed Giuliani’s stance on the issue during the last two decades, including contrasting statements he has made while mayoral candidate, then as mayor, and eventually, as presidential candidate.

– As a mayoral candidate in 1989, he vowed to uphold the constitutional right for a woman to have to an abortion, even though he publicly admitted it goes against his catholic upbringing.

– When he was mayor of New York, he “offered no such reservation”.

– And now, as a Republican Presidential Candidate, he “embraces abortion restrictions he had opposed as mayor. ”

Whit Ayres, a Republican pollster, says that “Rudy Giuliani’s current position makes his pro-choice stance more acceptable to a lot of Republicans, not all, certainly, but a lot of Republicans.”

However, his former Mayoral supporter Conlin said to John, “I think he owes the American public an explanation of why he’s flip-flopped so dramatically.”

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John says that Giuliani’s campaign aides reject the notion that he is flip-flopping on the issue of abortion. Instead, they say Giuliani’s critics are exaggerating the scope of any shifts in his stance on abortion. His aides assert that any “changes in emphasis” over the last few decades are due to the fact that, in contrast to a big city mayor, a president faces vastly different choices to make when it comes to abortion issues.

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John filed this report from New York, but it was not clear if he was still there as of yesterday, a few days before the Florida debate, or if he filed the report while still in New York hosting AC360 last week. In any case, it is very likely that he is either already in Florida or currently on his way down there for tomorrow’s debate.

Have a fabulous Tuesday and see you all tomorrow!

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Q&A With All Things Anderson And A Pre-Debate Roundtable

Thursday, 11.15.07

John recently agreed to do a Q & A session for All Things Anderson! I’m really looking forward to reading what the questions are and what his responses will be. Click here to read ATA’s announcement of this upcoming feature at their blog. There, Phebe posted a really swell slideshow of JK pictures! Nice!

Also, don’t forget to tune in tonight to the Presidential Debate in Las Vegas!

John was there last night and he appeared on AC360 along with Wolf Blitzer and Gloria Borger.

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During their roundtable, he discussed the perception that Hillary Clinton “makes choices by polls and not by principles.”

Anderson asked, “John, Hillary Clinton’s camp has said that now she doesn’t support driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. How vulnerable in Iowa and New Hampshire is she to the criticism that she makes choices by polls and not by principles?”

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He responded, “Well, Anderson, among Democrats, the criticism — and we will have it here tomorrow night — and I suspect Wolf will say that he’s going to bring this issue up — among Democrats, the issue is more that she’s changing her position, in the view of her rivals, and now has evolved from saying she generally supported Governor Spitzer giving those licenses to illegal immigrants, now saying that, as president, she would not allow that to happen.

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So, among the Democrats, it will be, why are you changing your position? Are you too cautious? Are you a poll-tested candidate? Among Republicans, they see a huge opening here, because they think this issue hurts Democrats with independent voters, especially older men, and especially in some of the key battleground states in the fall.

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So, it’s a different discussion if we’re talking about how it plays in the Democratic Party than how it would play in a general election if Hillary Clinton, or any Democrat actually — the Republicans plan to use immigration against them in the general election, trust me.”

Anderson then went on ask if Republican voters have already decided which candidate is most electable.

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“It’s interesting. When you talk to Democrats, they say Republicans are now acting like Democrats used to act. Bill Clinton became the Democratic nominee in ’92 even though he ran against his own party, if you will, on the primary on many issues, like welfare reform. Now Republicans are asking the same questions. Who is the most electable?

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That is why you have a candidate who is pro-choice on abortion rights, who is viewed as pro-gay-rights, more pro-gay-rights than his rivals, leading in Ronald Reagan’s Republican Party, because they think Rudy Giuliani is most electable against Hillary Clinton. And they know, Republicans know they’re in trouble.

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After an eight-year presidency, the White House tends to shift parties anyway. Plus, the war is unpopular. So, ideology, it’s usually about taxes and social issues in a Republican primary, and it is about taxes and social issues and immigration to a degree, but electability is much more of an issue in a Republican primary than we have seen in recent history, without a doubt.”

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I hope everyone gets an opportunity to catch the debate tonight!! See you tomorrow with a post-debate wrap up.

Have a great Thursday!

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JK In Las Vegas, RG On Seinfeld And Quiz Answers

Tuesday, 11.13.07

John is already in Las Vegas, in advance preparation for Thursday’s democratic debate.

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The debate, however, will not be held in a hotel conference room along the strip. It will be conducted on the campus of UNLV.

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John appeared on the Situation Room this afternoon and instead of giving a preview of the Democratic debate, he discussed some concerns in the Republican race, namely, some of the issues facing Giuliani as the clock ticks down to Super Tuesday. Wolf asked, “Does the Giuliani camp have a strategy if he suffers three defeats in a row? [Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina]

He replied, “They do, Wolf. They have a strategy that they believe can work, although many Republican strategist who have been through this process several times find it quite implausible.

You might call this the tale of two campaigns. Look at the Mitt Romney strategy. He’s focusing heavily on Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. He leads in Iowa right now, leads in New Hampshire right now and thinks, if he can win those two, he will get the momentum necessary to sweep in and win South Carolina and essentially lock up the momentum necessary to carry on and win the nomination.

Giuliani has a very different approach. He says do as well as you can in those early states, but you don’t have to win. He’s counting much more on the big states in this unprecedented packed calendar we have on February 5. The way Giuliani champ views it, if he can win most, if not all, of Florida, California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Missouri, then the smaller states, Connecticut and Delaware, on February 5, they believe he then would be well on the way to the delegates necessary to win the nomination.

Plausible, Wolf? Yes. But those who have been through this strategy before are highly doubtful of it because they think by the time you get past South Carolina, most of the other candidates will have dropped out. You will have one or two candidates going up against Rudy Giuliani. Yes, he has the money, but most Republican strategists say they find it unlikely that the pro-choice-on-abortion, pro-gay-rights candidate from New York City can beat a Republican who is anti-abortion in a one-on-one race in those states, assuming that candidate has the resources.

But the Giuliani people say it is a different calender time and they think they can prove they can do it differently.”

This is slightly OT, but as I am a HUGE Seinfeld junkie, I thought I’d share a clip from the episode “The Non-Fat Yogurt”, which aired in November of 1993. In it, Giuliani makes a cameo appearance, discussing his yogurt-eating habits. Check out his thick glasses!!!

 

Next up…here are the answers to Sunday’s “johnthenewsking” quiz… how well did you do?

Part One

1. What is the name of the grammar school John attended?

a. St. Luke’s Grammar School
b. St. Joseph’s Grammar School
c. St. Mark’s Grammar School
d. St. Christopher’s Grammar School

2. What off-season sport was an interviewee playing during John’s coverage of the 2006 New England Nor’easter?

a. tennis
b. surfing
c. baseball
d. soccer

3. What topic did he moderate for the 2003 NBA All-Star Technology summit?

a. “Market Transformations: The Next Evolution in E-Commerce”
b. “Digital Transactions Come of Age
c . “The Promise of Wireless Commerce”
d. “Community Without Borders”

4. Which actor does he resemble (at least according to Millie)?

a. George Clooney
b. Brendan Fraser
c. Don Johnson
d. Brad Pitt

5. What is referred to in the blog as the “Holy Grail” of John King finds?

a. YouTube Spin Room interview with Why Tuesday
b. Video clip of John on location with soldiers in Kuwait
c. YouTube Spin Room video interview with Shelbinator
d. 2002 Daily Show appearance

Part Two

6. What kind of pest problem does John say occasionally plagues the White House basement?

a. mice
b. cockroaches
c. spiders
d. ants

7. Which news agency interviewed John right after he returned from the front lines of Kafji, Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War?

a. ABC
b. CBS
d. NBC
5. CNN

8. What piece of electrical equipment failed while he was on air recently?

a. microphone
b. teleprompter
c. screen graphic
d. camera lighting

9. Who did he interview in 2002 to discuss a pacemaker?

a. Collin Powell
b. George W. Bush
c. Condeleeza Rice
d. Dick Cheney

10. Whose program was he a guest panelist on in 1993?

a. Peter Jennings
b. Tim Russert
c. Charlie Rose
d. Ted Koppel


Part Three

11. What was the title of the song Joan (Kitten) used to highlight life on the road during election season?

a. Til We Run Out of Road
b. On The Road Again
c. King Of The Road
d. Road To Nowhere

12. What current movie is set in John’s hometown?

a. Gone Baby Gone
b. American Gangster
c. Michael Clayton
d. Lions For Lambs

13. What special assignment did he agree to be a guinea pig for? (Hint: Think “Candidate King”)

a. Secret Service protectee
b. National Guard volunteer
c. Police academy trainee
d. Marine boot camp drill instructor

14. What does he refer to as “The Bubble”?

a. Living in the Washington DC area
b. Reporting at the White House
c. Traveling on the Election Express bus
d. Guest hosting a CNN news program

15. What is his older sister’s name?

a. Janet Marie
b. Jeanne Marie
c. Julia Marie
d. Jeanette Marie

Part Four

16. What was John doing when he first heard about a plane attacking the World Trade Center?

a. Getting ready for work
b. Dropping his kids off at school
c. Reporting a story live on air
d. Attending a meeting near the White House

17. What was one of towns he reported live from during the California Wildfires?

a. Rancho Cucamonga
b. Rancho Cordova
c. Rancho Bernardo
d. Rancho Palo Verde

18. What state did he travel to, to report on President Bush’s lack of ever visiting?

a. Vermont
b. New Hampshire
c. Rhode Island
d. Connecticut

19. What is one of his favorite genres of music?

a. Oldies
b. Jazz
c. Blues
d. Classical

20. Which college did he deliver a commencement speech at in 2006?

a. Hobart and Willliam Smith College
b. University of Rhode Island
c. Yale University
d. Boston College

Have a good evening everyone!

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Buzz At The CNN Political Ticker Blog

Thursday, 11.08.07

John blogged yesterday at the CNN political ticker about Pat Robertson’s recent endorsement of Rudy Giuliani. There is plenty of buzz about this issue, as dozens of comments were posted within hours. This morning, there are over 250 responses!

Pat Robertson is about as far right as you can go, and as it is widely-known, Giuliani is much more moderate. So it definately seems to have been an unlikely endorsement.

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Sifting through some of the blog comments, you come across the usual yada yada yada of left-wingers and right-wingers going at each other, but there was one funny observation by someone in NY which I thought was rather amusing: “Look at the face on him – he looks like a crazed chipmunk about to bite someone.” But who was he referring to? Robertson or Giuliani? They both look a little over-excited in that photo! Too funny of an observation – but surprisingly, not entirely off base, lol.

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John blogged that “Robertson has repeatedly praised Giuliani despite their major differences on social policy, such as abortion and gay marriage. Both men say a friendship developed after a long conversation on a plane during a trip to Israel several years ago. Another thing both men have in common is that they are prostate cancer survivors.”

Here he is reporting last night from South Carolina.

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His video report about the Rudy Giuliani/Pat Roberstson story can be viewed here.


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Interview From Across The Pond

Thursday, 9.20.07  

Kitten has capped some nice screenshots of John’s interview with Rudy Giuliani whilst they were in London. Thanks Kitten, you are doing a superb job! You are much appreciated! 🙂

John’s meeting with Giuliani was aired during yesterday’s Situation Room broadcast. Take a peek:

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The interview can be seen here.

I hope John has a safe and pleasant return trip home!

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Cheerio Old Chap, John is in London!

Friday, 9.19.07

The following information was posted at the cnn.com political ticker this morning:

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani “crosses the pond” today for meetings, a fundraiser and to deliver a speech to a prominent conservative group. CNN’s John King is with Giuliani in London and will interview the Republican presidential hopeful.While in London, Giuliani will meet with Prime Minister Gordon Brown and former Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair. Giuliani also “has a conversation with and takes questions” from Winston Churchill’s granddaughter Celia Sandys and gives the first Inaugural “Margaret Thatcher Atlantic Bridge Lecture”.

Tune into CNN later today to hear King’s discussion with the former mayor turned presidential hopeful.

This means we’ll get some great overseas reporting from John later on today!!! I am looking forward to watching what he has to tell us about Giuliani’s trip, and of course you’ll get some great recaps here at johnthenewsking.

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And just yesterday John put together this piece about the changing regulations on travel expenses for Presidential Candidates. John specifically mentions Giuliani in the report and says his (Giuliani’s) records show over $400,000 in reimbursements for private planes.

I wonder how much this London trip is going to cost Giuliani?

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