ABC: Charlie Gibson reported Rice’s “ludicrous” comment about Huckabee. Jake Tapper on “rhetorical Holy War” between Huckabee, Romney in IA. Said Romney’s faith hurts with some voters; in interview Huckabee said more people relate to his modest background than Romney’s affluence.
CBS: Dean Reynolds taped positive piece on the ascendant Ron Paul in NH. Pedestrians, storekeepers recognize him, line up for photos. Campaign Notebook covered Obama mentioning Clinton’s negative approval rating; Romney attempting to paint Huckabee as soft on crime; McCain’s “cross in the sand” holiday ad.
NBC: Show led with generic Kelly O’Donnell piece on candidates craving attention from media, voters in early states as they make their final push. Tom Brokaw package looked at the immigration issue from another angle — what voters in Iowa think and why they care.