ABC: After several other reports, package looked at Bush’s CPAC address, Rove’s maximum contribution to McCain. Also noted ongoing hostility toward McCain and a “reservoir of resentment” among many conservatives. Mentioned Democrats in Washington, State, including Clinton’s adaptation of Obama’s “yes we can” refrain, and the prospects for a long battle.
CBS: First political report several stories into broadcast. Mentioned Huckabee’s endorsement by Dobson; investigative piece looked at his ties with TV evangelist Kenneth Copeland, who is under financial scrutiny. Campaign Notebook mentioned B. Clinton scaling back his rhetoric, Democrats campaigning in Washington State. “Fast Draw” segment explained superdelegates—using magic markers.
NBC: Led with the South’s tornadoes, got to politics mid-broadcast. GOP package on McCain’s focus on the general election (with aides saying he “really needed the signal President Bush sent to conservatives” at CPAC). Dem package covered upcoming races, with the 185 delegates at stake through Tuesday are more than the amount of delegates in all of January.