Economic turmoil led all the broadcasts.
ABC: After the economy and a health story, package looked at Democratic debate aftershocks and continuing feud between Obama and the Clintons. Brief mention of Thompson dropping out.
CBS: Several economic reports segued into politics. Recap of Democratic tensions, including Obama comment: “The other side must be rattled if they’re continuing saying false things about us.” Mentioned his endorsement by The State newspaper. Report on Republicans mentioned Thompson’s terse withdrawal announcement, speculated he’s most likely to endorse McCain.
NBC: Spent much of beginning of broadcast on the economy. Political coverage started briefly with Thompson’s dropout then Andrea Mitchell package on CNN debate, personal attacks between Clinton, Obama (with extended clips). Russert weighed in, saying the Democratic race is breaking down along class, race lines, which “worries” party leaders.