Politics led all three broadcasts.
ABC: Charlie Gibson anchored program from Dallas, leading with package on Clinton and lengthy look at NAFTA dispute. Played clip from Obama press conference, said “mayhem” ensued after it ended with reporters wanting more. Separate package detailed Rezko’s relationship with Obama, said trial could last for months. Stephanopoulos called it a tough weekend for Obama, but believes Democrats will pressure Clinton out of the race if she loses either Texas or Ohio.
CBS: Katie Couric anchored from Columbus, devoted half the program to politics. First report said Clinton staffers feel confident, believe “3 a.m.” ad has slowed Obama among men especially. Next package looked at Obama and his San Antonio press conference. Texan Bob Schieffer profiled the Lone Star State and Jeff Greenfield did the same for Ohio, where many still blame Bill Clinton for NAFTA. Final package looked at black/Hispanic divide among voters, suggested the gap has closed among the young.
NBC: Led with the Democratic race, set the stage for Tuesday’s contests. Andrea Mitchell noted Clinton will be pressured to exit without winning Texas, Ohio, pointed to her last-minute national security, NAFTA push. Recapped day’s details in Obama-NAFTA controversy. Made something of Clinton’s answer about Obama’s religion in “60 Minutes” interview. Then, moved onto McCain looking to lock up nomination. Package included Clinton’s attacks being future GOP fodder, Gloria Steinem belittling McCain as a POW.