Here is the ABC News “This Week” panel already beginning to speculate about who might run for President in 2016!
Well isn’t that interesting. In the interests of full disclosure, it might be good if ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, who will moderate tomorrow night’s Vice-Presidential Debate, made it clear that President Barack Obama did attend her wedding back in 1991:
DAILY CALLER: President Barack Obama was a guest at the 1991 wedding of ABC senior foreign correspondent and vice presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz, The Daily Caller has learned. Obama and groom Julius Genachowski, whom Obama would later tap to head the Federal Communications Commission, were Harvard Law School classmates at the time and members of the Harvard Law Review.
After TheDC made preliminary inquiries Monday to confirm Obama’s attendance at the wedding, ABC leaked a pre-emptive statement to liberal-leaning news outlets including Politico and The Daily Beast Tuesday, revealing what may have been internal network pressure felt just days before Raddatz was scheduled to moderate the one and only vice-presidential debate Thursday night.
Both Politico and The Daily Beast jumped to ABC and Raddatz’s defense. The Huffington Post, another liberal news outlet, joined them shortly thereafter, while calling “unusual” ABC’s attempt to kill the story before it gained wide circulation. . . . Read More
From ABC News tonight where anchor Diane Sawyer brought reporter Jonathan Karl on to report that the Obama State Department is now admitting that there never was any kind of protest outside the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya the day Ambassador Chris Stevens, and three other Americans were killed in a terrorist attack. You remember that for days the Obama Administration claimed the killings were the result of a spontaneous riot over an anti-Islam film. As late as five days after the attack, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice went on five Sunday Shows and made that claim. Now the admission comes that there never was a riot of any kind.
I’m sure it is not just a coincidence that the Obama Administration must face the music in a Congressional Hearing tomorrow over what happened in the Benghazi attack.
Here is complete video of the interview Mitt and Ann Romney did tonight on ABC News with Diane Sawyer.
Newt Gingrich refused to attack his ex-wife Marianne this morning in an interview on the Today Show. He was asked about her interview with ABC News set to air tonight on “Nightline.” Gingrich said he was not going to say anything “negative about Marianne” – Gingrich’s second wife. He said he will stay focused on current problems facing the American people.
BREITBART.COM (AP): An ABC News executive tells The Associated Press that the network has interviewed Newt Gingrich’s second wife and is likely to air the segment Thursday on “Nightline.”
That’s two days before the South Carolina primary, where the Republican presidential candidate is trying to topple GOP front-runner Mitt Romney.
The ABC News executive did not indicate what the ex-wife, Marianne, said in the interview and spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plans for airing the interview were tentative.
The ex-wife has said Gingrich proposed to her before the divorce from his first wife was final in 1981. Her marriage to Gingrich ended in divorce in 2000. Gingrich admitted he’d already taken up with Callista Bisek, his third wife. . . . Read More
Drudge is headlining this story, and quotes Gingrich’s ex-wife as saying she could “end her ex-husband’s career with a single interview.”
UPDATE 10:38 PM ET: The New York Times says they have confirmed that ABC News will air the interview Thursday night on “Nightline,” and will release excerpts from the interview during the day, ahead of tomorrow night’s GOP Presidential Debate on CNN.
UPDATE 11:04 PM ET: Howard Kurtz is reporting that sources say nothing new is revealed in the interview. Instead, Gingrich’s ex-wife describes how their marriage failed as he had an affair with his now current wife, Callista.
A number of ABC News journalists have offered their predictions on the order of finish in tonight’s Iowa Caucuses:
RICK KLEIN , Senior Washington Editor, World News with Diane Sawyer – Romney, Santorum, Paul, Perry, Gingrich, Bachmann, Huntsman
AMY WALTER, ABC News Political Director – Romney, Santorum, Paul, Gingrich, Perry, Bachmann, Huntsman
JONATHAN KARL, ABC News Senior Political Correspondent – Santorum, Romney, Paul, Gingrich, Perry, Bachmann, Huntsman
Z. BYRON WOLF, ABCNews.com Politics Editor – Romney, Perry, Paul, Santorum, Gingrich, Bachmann, Huntsman(These predictions were altered before caucus time)
CHRIS GOOD, ABC News political unit – Romney, Santorum, Paul, Gingrich, Perry, Bachmann, Huntsman
MATT NEGRIN, ABC News political reporter – Paul, Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Perry, Bachmann, Huntsman
My guess is that the top three will be Romney, Paul, and Santorum. What order they will be in, I have no idea. If I had to pick, I’d say Romney to win, but Santorum has the momentum and could pull it out as well. We’ll see. What do you think?
In case you missed it, here is complete video of last night’s ABC News GOP Presidential Debate held in Iowa on the campus of Drake University. Six of the GOP Candidates participated, with Jon Huntsman not there because he did not meet the minimum polling support threshold.
The GOP Presidential Candidates will square-off tonight in a debate in Des Moines, Iowa, just 24 days ahead of the January 3, 2012, Iowa Caucuses. The debate will air on ABC at 9:00 PM ET, and will be moderated by Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos. We can expect the questions to be geared toward making all the Republicans look bad, and building Obama up. Questions like – “Why aren’t you Republicans as cool and amazing as President Obama!”
The wider script for the debate is already a sure thing: Frontrunner Newt Gingrich is going to get hammered from all sides by GOP rivals who are desperate to stop his advance and provide fuel to their sagging campaigns. The details of exactly how that plays out during the debate is yet unknown. But there are some clues.
Michele Bachmann is likely to go after Gingrich with her newly minted “frugal socialist” attack, trying to cast Gingrich as a big-government guy. Romney is likely to attack Gingrich on immigration and for being a Washington insider. Ron Paul may hit Gingrich for changing his positions on things over the years, and Santorum could go after him for not being a consistent Conservative in his principles in a variety of ways. All of these candidates can go on the attack because they, with the exception of Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, are unlikely to be attacked much because their numbers are just not that great.
Whether Gingrich responds to the attacks or simply brushes them off is a key question mark about how the debate unfolds. Gingrich could very plausibly say once the attacks begin: “I did not attack my colleagues when I was 2% in the polls, and I won’t attack them now. If they choose to do so out of desperation, that’s their prerogative. But I’m staying focused on Barack Obama and I think that’s where the voters are focused.” Gingrich did not attack his rivals when he was floundering in the polls, and if he wants to do so, he could use that as a very powerful response to the kitchen-sink attacks that will be headed his way.
Gingrich is certainly riding high in the polls right now, and if he can weather the attacks over the next two weeks, the Christmas Holiday could freeze the race in place until the actual voting day. So, even though there have been so many debates already, this one feels like it has more significance – and it probably actually does.
What do you expect to happen tonight?
Bill O’Reilly has tweeted that he will talk with ABC News’ reporter Brian Ross tonight about the alleged incident in which he was “manhandled” by some of Michele Bachmann’s people at a campaign event in South Carolina yesterday. Ross was reportedly pursuing Bachmann into a parking area to ask her about the issue of her suffering from migraine headaches. A Time reporter says he saw Ross being block and pushed around roughly by some of Bachmann’s security people.
ABC News claims to have video of the incident, but has not yet released the video on its website.
Here is video of Texas Monthly Correspondent Paul Burka talking to ABC News’ “Topline” program where he was asked if Texas Gov. Rick Perry is going to run for President. Burka responded, “Absolutely!” Burka said Perry will bring “excitement” to the 2012 GOP Presidential race, and that he is “very conservative,” and “consistent” in his decision-making based on those conservative principles.
Burka believes Perry is likely to announce his decision to run in “late July” or “early August.”
(CNN) — Betty Ford, the widow of late President Gerald Ford and a co-founder of an eponymous addiction center in California, has died at the age of 93, according to the director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.
Ford died Friday evening with family at her bedside, according to a family member.
Elaine Didier, the director of the Grand Rapids, Michigan, museum, confirmed Ford’s death to CNN.
Here is video of ABC News’ Jonathan Karl reporting today on signs that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is going to jump into the 2012 GOP Presidential race.
Karl says Perry would “instantly be a formidable candidate” if he decides to run. Perry advisers reportedly have told Karl they are now looking at whether Perry can raise enough money to make a run, and will likely make a decision on entering the Presidential Campaign several weeks from now – sometime in July.
A new ABC News/Washington Post Poll now has Gov. Mitt Romney leading President Barack Obama 49%-46% in a possible 2012 Election matchup. The poll shows a strong move up by Romney, who trailed Obama 49%-45% in the last ABC News/Washington Post Poll done in April.
Obama leads against all the other possible GOP Nominees used in the survey. Obama leads Newt Gingrich 50%-44%, Tim Pawlenty by 50%-41%, Jon Huntsman by 50%-40%, Michele Bachmann by 51%-40%, and Sarah Palin by 55%-40%. It’s worth noting that every GOP candidate improved against Obama. Gingrich improved by 9-points, Romney by 7-points, Pawlenty by 4-points, Bachmann by 3-points, and Palin by 4-points.
The national media continues to dismiss Herman Cain, as he was not even included in this poll. You begin to wonder what’s going on here. Cain is clearly a strong candidate in the GOP. But ABC/WAPO does not even poll him against Obama, while they do poll for Jon Huntsman – who is getting about 1% of the GOP vote right now. It makes no sense at all.
We’ll get this added to our Election Center later today, and see how it impacts the averages.
Here is video of GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch telling ABC News’ Jonathan Karl that “it is a matter principle” to start getting spending under control. Hatch said taxpayers are being socked for $400 million a year to fund Planned Parenthood – and it’s time to start cutting spending. He said, “There’s no great principle than getting this country under spending control.”
Hatch said Democrats had the votes to pass a budget in 2010 but they “spent all their time on a lousy healthcare bill that’s going add $2.6 Trillion and add a huge amount to the deficit.”