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Best Quotes from the Sunday Shows – 7.6.14

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” : “The rule of law is that ‘The Constitution’ requires the United States to secure the border. And we’re not doing that. We haven’t done it for years. And we are paying a huge price.”

Sen. John McCain on the topic of Hillary Clinton on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” : “I respect her views. We have had disagreements on a number of issues. But I think it’s my job to work with every president if she, regrettably, attains the presidency.”

Also on “Face,” Sen. Lindsey Graham spoke on the threat of terrorism : “Al Qaeda’s not decimated. The groups operating in Pakistan and now Afghanistan are lethal. They’re growing. We’re about to shut down our ability to detect what they’re up to and hit them before they hit us. This literally is insane given the way the world has fallen apart.” Read more

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Best Quotes from the Sunday Shows – 6.29.14

Sen. Joe Manchin on CBS’s “Face the Nation” with Bob Schieffer: “Our main goal right now is to protect our embassy and all the Americans that we have over there, and I think the President has every right, plus, he has the responsibility to do that.  I’m fine with that.  Do whatever it takes to protect our people, our embassy; we’re not going to be run out of that country.”

On the terror threat in Iraq, President Barack Obama told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” : “Now, we are spending a lot of time, and we have been for years, making sure we are improving intelligence to respond to that.  We have to improve our surveillance, reconnaissance, intelligence there.  Special Forces are going to have a role.  And there are going to be times where we take strikes against organizations that could do us harm.” Read more

Bill Clinton Tells Bloomberg TV’s Willow Bay ‘I Don’t Know’ if Hillary will Run for President

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 15.14.05Bloomberg Television’s Willow Bay sat down for a live conversation with former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Denver today on the topics of the U.S. economy, income inequality, education initiatives, and immigration, among others.

On whether Hillary plans to run for president in 2016, Bill Clinton’s response: “I don’t know.”

OK.

He went on to say that, “I’m for whatever she wants to do….If she were to run and become president, the last thing she needs is for me to be under foot. I would be — she’s the ablest public servant I’ve ever known. I would help. Whatever I was asked to do, I would do. I believe — just like I do for President Obama, just like I did for President Bush. I think that’s — you’ve been a former president, you need to show up when you’re summoned.”

Yesterday, “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory interviewed 42 – to air in full on his Sunday show – and asked whether wealth among politicians puts them out of touch with society. Clinton expressed that policies, not wealth, is what’s most important.

Click through for Clinton’s full conversation with Bay on the possibility of a 2016 presidential run for Hillary Clinton and tune in to “Meet the Press” this Sunday for Gregory’s interview with the former president.

NBC Leads 6.15.14 Sunday Show Total Viewer and A25-54 Ratings in DC Market

On Sunday, June 15, NBC’s “Meet the Press” was the most watched Sunday Show in the DC market, with more total viewers than CBS’s “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week” combined, according to Nielsen Media Research. Although down 42% in P2+ versus the same Sunday last year (6/16/2013), the NBC program with David Gregory hosted Luke Russert, son of the late Tim Russert, whom hosted the program for 16 years and passed away six years ago the Friday before the Father’s Day Sunday Show airing.

“FOX News Sunday” clocked in a with 43,000 total viewers in the Washington market – second to that of NBC which had 51,000 total viewers in the market – more than doubling its audience from the same week last year (up 59% in P2+). It closed out with Robert De Niro on a collection of paintings by his late father and his HBO documentary “Remembering the Artist.” Read more

Best Quotes from the Sunday Shows – 6.15.14

Topics of conversation on yesterday’s Sunday Shows ranged from the defeat of Eric Cantor in Tuesday’s Virginia primary to U.S. military involvement in Iraq to Father’s Day. Here are your top quotes from Sunday’s public affairs programming.

Asked whether his primary upset was surprising on ABC’s “This Week,” Rep. Eric Cantor said, “Absolutely…I don’t think anybody in the country thought that the outcome would be what it was. And, you know, I just am a believer, as I said that night, and subsequently, that there are some things that happen for a reason and we may not be able to really discern it now and given the perspective of time, I think we’re going to be able to look back at this, and what seemed really bad at the time may turn out to be really good.”

Asked by CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” what it was like in the moment he realized he’d be defeated, Cantor said, “Well, you know, I was with my family. And it’s very comforting, as you know, if you have a strong family. I have a wonderful wife of 25 years, three wonderful kids, two of whom were with me…And I told them, I said, look, dad is going to lose. And I actually called my son who works up in New York and I told him. He said, you’re kidding. And I said, no, I’m really not. He said, you’re kidding. I said, no. I said, look, but things happen for a reason.” Read more

NBC’s Luke Russert Remembers His Late Father Sunday at Politics & Prose

20140615_130815On Sunday – Father’s Day – NBC correspondent Luke Russert, son of the late Tim Russert – spoke to an audience at Politics & Prose on his new preface to his father’s book Big Russ and Me: Father and Son: Lessons of Life that pays tribute to Tim’s father, a World War II veteran.

In honor of the book’s 10th anniversary since its initial publication, Luke’s added introduction explores his father’s legacy and the lessons of his grandfather, Tim’s father.

“I wrote the preface in one sitting. I took 6.5 – 7 hours at my kitchen table in one night and just started going. All of these ideas flowed out, and it was a very cathartic experience and one that I’m really glad and fortunate I was able to do. It allowed me to compose my thoughts on how I felt as his son and what he meant to me, and put it into coherent terms.”

Russert went on to add how important it was that his father gave him as much time as he did. Read more

MD Dems Vie For Gov Nod in First Debate of 2014

If the Democratic nominees for Governor in the Great State of Maryland are having a debate, you can bet FishbowlDC will be there to give  you the minute-by-minute recap. Here are all the scintillating details from tonight’s political ménage à trois in College Park featuring Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, and Delegate to the Maryland House Heather Mizeur.

The evening was moderated by THE David GregoryChris Gordon and Chris Lawrence from NBC 4, and Jenna Johnson from WaPo; and it aired on NBC 4 in Washington and other NBC affiliates throughout Maryland. Now, without futher ado…The Very First Maryland Democratic Gubernatorial Debate of 2014:

7:02 - Woo Hoo! The most exciting debate everrrrrrrrrr! David Gregory you look so sexy! We can’t wait to hear about Maryland Democratic Candidates for Governor!!!!

7:03 - My God, this Gansler man is boring.

7:06 - Woah, Mizeur is coming out of the gate strong with an impassioned retelling of her childhood memories of The Factory. And WTF, she was on a picket line as a baby? Also she came out of the womb clutching a union card…

7:08 - Anthony Brown also leading with a compelling Origin Story -this one involving Jamaica. Nice touch.

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Sunday Show Ratings, 3.16.14: CBS on Top, NBC Still Struggling

CBS had their best week of the year in the Sunday show ratings competition last week. “Face the Nation” drew 3.791 million viewers overall, with 1.08 million in the key 25 – 54 demographic. ABC was second in total viewers with 3.565 million viewers, but won the demo with 1.18 million. Meanwhile NBC’s “Meet the Press” came in a distant third, with only 2.657 million viewers overall, and 784,000 in the demo. That’s their worst performance among 25 – 54 year olds all year, and their second worse week over all. Viewership was up 30% for both CBS and Fox compared to last Sunday. ABC saw a 9% increase in viewers, while NBC and Univision lost 8% and 12% respectively. Despite “MTP”‘s continued disappointing performance, NBC News VP Alex Wallace said there were absolutely no plans to replace David Gregory as host. “I cannot be more declarative about David,” she told HuffPo recently. “[He] is our guy.”

Here’s more from our sister site, TVNewser:

“This Week” won in the A25-54 demo for the fourth straight week, its longest demo winning streak in over 19 years.

Compared to the same week last year, CBS and ABC were both up: “This Week” grew +41% in total viewers and +68% in the demo, and “Face the Nation” grew +43% in both total and demo viewers. “Meet the Press” was down -6% in total viewers and flat in the demo. Fox was up +38% in viewers and +5% in the demo. Univision is down in both measurements, -28% and -24%, respectively.

The numbers for March 16:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.791M 1.08M
ABC
“This Week” 3.565M 1.18M
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.657M 784K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.340M 440K
Univision “Al Punto” 666K 312K

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 50% of the country.

‘MTP’ Launches Midweek ‘Express’ Videos, Because Why Not?

We were sitting around our office suite  here at FBDC headquarters the other day, drinking mai-tais and watching archival footage of “Meet the Press,” when we had a thought: “Why aren’t there more places online to watch David Gregory talk about things?” It was a vexing problem that today -thankfully -has been solved.

“MTP” launched a new video series today called “Meet the Press Express (Brought to you by GE).” The videos will feature Gregory and other folks from NBC’s DC bureau drinking “coffee” with “both seasoned and up-and-coming reporters,”  and having “smart, casual conversation about what’s driving the political agenda that week.” You know like Politico’s “Driving the Day,” but sitting down. Or like “The Talk,” but boring.

The web show premier features such DC notables as The Atlantic’s Molly BallRoll Call’s Christina Bellantoni and Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery. And don’t worry -there are plenty of March Madness references. There’s even some “political bracketology,” wherein Bellantoni scrawls the names of Congressmen on a piece of paper and says sports things. Yay news! Smashing sports and politics together in a completely nonsensical jumble that is useless to both sports fans and news consumers is awesome! All in all, it’s an excellent way to spend several minutes of your workday.

Also -conjecture about Jeb Bush, speculation about Rand Paul, and all the conventional wisdom you could possibly want. Behold the miracle of cost-free content production, after the jump!

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Cardinal Dolan on Michael Sam: “Bravo”

In a pre-recorded interview on “Meet the Press” to air this Sunday, Cardinal Dolan of New York told David Gregory that he had no judgement for gay NFL player Michael Sam.

From the interview:

DAVID GREGORY: Michael Sam, from your home state, the football player, revealed that he was gay, first in the NFL.  And you saw the celebration from the President, the First Lady, and they were saying what a courageous step that was.  How did you view it?

CARDINAL DOLAN: Good for him.  I would have no sense of judgment on him.  God bless ya.  I don’t think, look, the same bible that tells us that teaches us well about the virtues of chastity and the virtue of fidelity and marriage also tells us not to judge people.  So I would say, “Bravo.”

Cardinal Dolan also said that Pope Francis would probably meet with victims of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, and that he “would be surprised if he did not.”

For the full interview, watch “Meet the Press” this Sunday.

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