ABC– David Wright in Manchester looks at the weekend “Oprah Effect.” History suggests endorsements often don’t matter, but “sometimes you make new history” says historian Richard Norton Smith. Gibson leads high-minded roundtable on health care.
CBS– Discusses new NYT/CBS poll, looks at Oprah-mania. Report makes unflattering comparison to smaller Clinton weekend events; references report that Bill Clinton is unhappy with wife’s campaign. Campaign Notebook looks at Edwards’ “Main Street Express” bus tour. Schieffer tells Couric that Huckabee “is for real” but needs money.
In meaty CBS interview with Couric, Romney offers Cliffs Notes version of last week’s speech on faith. Says Huckabee’s promotion of his own faith in ad is “unusual.”
Tough Romney line: “And I’m convinced as people take a good hard look at Mike Huckabee’s record, they’ll see this is a guy who is soft on criminals, soft on illegal aliens, but hard on taxpayers. And that’s not what’s going to lead the Republican party to take the White House.”
ABC also released the text of an interview with Romney recorded for future broadcast.
NBC– Lee Cowan package on Obama’s Oprah weekend, saying her “marketing” came “just at the right time.” Williams talks to Tim Russert about weekend MSNBC polls, says Democratic race is “a jump ball,” “volatile,” and “too close to call” while Huckabee dominates Republican numbers.
Shows all report Gore’s Nobel Prize acceptance, where he left door slightly open to future White House run.