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Rick Perry to Chuck Todd: ‘You Will Probably Not Be Invited’ to Moderate a Pres. Debate

ChuckToddRGA “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd found himself between two ferns and several Republican governors at their annual confab in Boca Raton Wednesday.

The New York Times reports Todd spent 28 minutes of the one-hour session talking about immigration, much to the ire of two governors and the gathered crowd.

“We have an hour,” said Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. “We’ve now spent 30 minutes talking about the president breaking the law.”

The crowd here at the annual meeting of the Republican Governors Association erupted in applause.

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas issued his own form of rebuke to Mr. Todd for focusing on the issue.

“Here’s what I’m thinking: You will probably not be invited to do a moderation for a presidential debate,” he declared to laughter.

(h/t Playbook / Photo: @The_Rga)

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In Profile: O’Donnell, Hamby, Tantaros

CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell speaks with More Magazine about handling three small children, her career crossroads and her commitment to reporting the facts.

My contract [at NBC] was up, and I was in discussions with them about what my next role would be. And we were close to an agreement. I enjoyed what I was doing, but I was doing a lot of different things. I was reporting. I was anchor­ing. I wasn’t covering a beat anymore. And I kind of said, ‘Am I really doing what I should be doing?’ I think that I became a correspondent so early because I had clarity of pur­pose. [Something to] strive for. But now I was saying, Well, I’m not hav­ing clarity of purpose here. So I called up my agent and said, ‘You know, before we go any further, I’ve been really thinking about this, and I want to do 60 Minutes.’

CNN’s Peter Hamby earned the nickname “Black Widow” for breaking news that Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry all dropped out of the running for the presidential nomination in 2012. He also broke the story about Sarah Palin’s resignation as governor of Alaska. Hamby spoke with Richmond Magazine to discuss everything from his background to being embedded on a campaign trail.

The Rick Perry one was cool because I got it from someone nobody was talking to… If you’re a source reporter, this is the stage when you find out the little secrets the campaigns don’t want you to find out. I made an effort to get to know the interns and the field staff.

Fox News’ “The Five” co-host Andrea Tantaros was the featured speaker at the Alachua County Republican Party’s Ronald Reagan Black Tie and Blue Jeans event Thursday night. The Gainsville Sun reportsRead more

The Morning Ticker: Dallas, Alibaba, ISIS

  • CNBC has the full court press on Alibaba, as the Chinese e-commerce company prepares for its IPO tomorrow. CNBC has found that, even though it’s on track to be the largest IPO in history, 88% of Americans don’t know what Alibaba is.

  • Al Jazeera America takes an in-depth look at ISIS and its impact on the region as John Seigenthaler hosts “Flashpoint: Fighting ISIL,” tomorrow at 8pmET/PT. The special examines the U.S. attempts to lead a coalition to combat the group.

The Ticker: Scots Vote, Tall Shoes, New Film

  • FBN will pre-empt “Imus in the Morning” tomorrow for “Special Report: Scotland’s Vote for Independence” anchored by Neil Cavuto. Coverage begins at 5amET with Cavuto and  FBN’s Ashley Webster live from Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • On Jimmy Kimmel last night, David Muir talked about the “tall shoes” he’s filling on ABC’s “World News Tonight,” and about why he plans to take the show on the road more often.

Governor Rick Perry Says He Loves ‘Fair and Balanced’…on CNN

Blitzer PerryIn a discussion with Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s “The Situation Room” tonight, Texas Governor Rick Perry seemingly snuck in a subtle endorsement for Fox News while talking about Ted Nugent‘s controversial comments about President Obama.

“Good for you, I love fair and balanced,” Perry said in response to Blitzer conceding that Bill Maher has said some “disgusting” things of his own (Maher recently told Forbes working at CNN was “never, going to happen” for him).

“When Democrats say sick, obnoxious things, we report that as well…we’re not shy about that,” Blitzer added. “As well you should,” a giggly Perry responded.

Blitzer acknowledged Nugent’s comments rubbed him the wrong way: “He’s gone way over the top on this. It just gets me a little agitated.” For Perry’s part, he said he had a problem with Nugent calling the president a mongrel.

Blitzer’s exchange with Perry continues his weeklong coverage of Nugent’s comments. Blitzer and “Crossfire” co-host Newt Gingrich got into it Tuesday night.

And Then There Were Four. Crews Dismantle Fifth Podium at Site of CNN Debate

While Rick Perry was in North Charleston, SC dropping out of the race for the GOP nomination — and giving his endorsement to Newt Gingrich — at the nearby North Charleston Coliseum crews took down one of the podiums for tonight’s debate on CNN. A reader sent us this picture. There will now be four candidates taking part in the debate which begins at 8pmET and moderated by John King.

Hours Before CNN Debate, Rick Perry Drops out of GOP Race

The TV networks are reporting Rick Perry will hold an 11amET news conference at which he will announce he’s dropping out of the race for the GOP nomination for president. The week started with six candidates and by tonight’s CNN debate in South Carolina there will be just four on the stage: Gingrich, Paul, Romney and Santorum.

CNN’s Peter Hamby was first with the news, with the network reporting it at 9:11, Chuck Todd on MSNBC reported “the chatter” about Perry at 9:18 (getting confirmation at 9:33), Fox Business also reported the news at 9:18, citing CNN, and Fox News reported the story at 9:24am getting confirmation at 9:40.

The Perry news came just hours after reports that Rick Santorum did, in fact, get more votes — 34 more — in the Iowa Caucus than Mitt Romney. With Perry dropping out, his likely endorsement of Newt Gingrich and the interview with Marianne Gingrich — second wife of Newt — scheduled to air later today on ABC, Santorum’s win in Iowa will likely be overshadowed most of the day.

One Less Candidate for Tonight’s Fox News Debate

The news that Jon Huntsman would be dropping out of the GOP race for president came just as Huntsman was about to take the stage in a GOP forum in South Carolina, which was taped Saturday. Fox News added a lower third graphic with the news at 9:32pm — as Rick Perry was taking part in the Mike Huckabee-hosted forum — and it remained up through Huntsman’s portion a few minutes later.

Huntsman’s withdrawal, to be announced at 11am in Myrtle Beach, means there will be one less participant in FNC’s GOP debate tonight also in Myrtle Beach.

MSNBC reported the withdrawal at 9:32pmET and CNN at 9:34pm Sunday night, with the news having originated on Twitter 20 minutes earlier.

This should mean more time for the remaining five qualifying candidate during the 2-hour Fox News debate. On Friday the network announced it was also increasing candidate speaking time by 30 seconds. Fox News will also be using Twitter to measure viewer reaction to each of the candidates’ answers.

Tom Brokaw on Donald Trump, the 2012 GOP Primary and ‘Rock Center’

Donald Trump “is an utterly shameless self-promoter” and the media should stop enabling him, says Tom Brokaw.

The recent announcement of Trump’s moderating a Republican presidential debate Dec. 27 triggered a media tidal wave, but in terms of news value, it deserved no more than one line, according to Brokaw.

“The fact of the debate is not much news,” says the veteran NBC newsman, making the publicity rounds for his new book, ‘The Times of Our Lives.’ “Just because Trump attaches his name to something doesn’t make it newsworthy.”

To Brokaw, the Iowa debate is “one more chapter in Trump’s extraordinary and tireless efforts to keep Donald Trump in the news. I’m perpetually astonished at how many people play Trump’s game. It’s amusing. He has a lot of enablers, including us [media.]”

How does Brokaw resist Trump’s siren song? “I don’t fall into it. I just say no. I’m spending too much time talking about him right now.”

Regardless, Brokaw, who moderated an Obama-McCain debate a month before the 2008 election, remains bullish on the process. In his view, it provides valuable insights into how candidates think and how they handle tough questions.

With Rick Perry, for example, viewers learned “he was not as much in command of the facts as he appeared to be when he got on stage,” says Brokaw. With Herman Cain: “He had some real issues with personal behavior.”

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Is Wolf Blitzer Ready for ‘Bullies like Gingrich?’

It might look like the three other debates held on CNN this primary season, but the photo above is the stage for tonight’s GOP debate — the 11th of the primary season. CNN is teaming up with The Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute for the debate at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington. Wolf Blitzer moderates and at the podiums above, from left to right, will stand Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, and Jon Huntsman.

In the past few debates — as he’s climbed in the polls — Gingrich has made a point of calling out the style and moderating of the TV debates. Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik has some advice for Blitzer in this regard:

There’s a civil but firm way to deal with bullies like Gingrich in follow-up questions and remarks, and I hope Blitzer will use his stature and intelligence to do that tonight. I’ll put Blitzer’s professional experience and John Hopkins University graduate education in international politics up against Gingrich’s education and intellectual track record any day.

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