ABC: Broadcast’s third story looked at “strange bedfellows” Romney-McCain endorsement, suggested it seemed “grudging or strained.” Video of McCain criticizing Democrats on earmarks. Next package cited Maggie Williams’ influence in Clinton’s “bareknuckles attack” against Obama Thursday, mentioned Obama’s debate response ad. Reported a Clinton staffer reassured black lawmakers in Washington Thursday, mentioned internal strife between Penn and Grunwald. Brief mention of Clinton’s New Mexico win.
CBS: After two stories, news of the Romney endorsement and Clinton’s New Mexico win. In interview with Couric, Michelle Obama minimized value of Washington experience, said her husband offers other valuable work experience as an organizer, professor, etc. Acknowledged his “healthy ego,” but said he’s been humbled on the trail. More of the interview Friday.
NBC: Led with school shooting in Illinois, then turned to Romney’s McCain endorsement, chronicling how the formerly fierce fight turned into “a partnership.” Covered McCain’s jabs at Obama on earmarks, experience. Then, moved to Clinton’s New Mexico win (noting Obama still holds delegate lead) and her stepped up attacks. Called her campaign “struggling” with “tempers flaring” between top advisers.