John is already in Las Vegas, in advance preparation for Thursday’s democratic debate.
The debate, however, will not be held in a hotel conference room along the strip. It will be conducted on the campus of UNLV.
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?
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?
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
6. What kind of pest problem does John say occasionally plagues the White House basement?
7. Which news agency interviewed John right after he returned from the front lines of Kafji, Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War?
8. What piece of electrical equipment failed while he was on air recently?
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
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
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?
b. New Hampshire
c. Rhode Island
19. What is one of his favorite genres of music?
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!