CNN’s Brian Stelter joined me today to talk the Thursday debate and covering the Planned Parenthood outrages:
HH: And what will be discussed at the debate–CNN’s chief media correspondent and the host of Reliable Sources, Brian Stelter. Brian, welcome, great to have you on the program.
BS: Thank you. Good to be here.
HH: Let’s start with the difference it makes to be number eleven and number ten. How important is it to the Friday discussion that one does well as opposed where one does well? debate number one or debate number 2?
BS: Boy, well the 5 p.m. debate will get people talking and it have millions of viewers and maybe, just maybe, it will influence the prime-time debate. You know, if someone says something really interesting, maybe it will come up in the prime-time debate, but the reality is that the highlights of Thursday’s debate, the big moments that we will be talking about Friday morning, they’re almost certainly going to come from that prime-time debate. There really is only one prime-time and it’s gonna be a big deal for Rick Perry, for example, to not be on the prime-time debate.
HH: Now that having be said, on the prime-time stage, on the far-right or left corner will be Chris Christie and John Kasich. I think John Kasich will be like linebacker Paul Kruger of the Browns, a great edge-rusher. I think he’ll go try and tackle the QB’s–Donald Trump here. What do you think? Does it matter where you are on the stage?
BS: It may matter slightly because Donald Trump will be, as you know, as the literal figure in the center-stage. Maybe that makes him more open to attacks, to criticisms from the other candidates, literally coming at him from all directions. But, he’ll also look maybe perhaps very presidential–being in the center-stage along with Jeb Bush. Continue Reading