November 24th, 2007
08:02 AM ET
13 years ago

A suit of armor for Clinton and a puppy for Giuliani

Watch Mark Halperin discuss the presidential candidates with American Morning's John Roberts.

(CNN) - As we head into the holiday season, Time Magazine political analyst Mark Halperin has a few suggested additions for the wish lists of the top presidential contenders.

With Republicans, fellow Democrats and certain segments of the media all coming after New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, Halperin thinks she should wish for a “suit of armor.”

“She’s the most likely next president of the United States, but she needs a hard shell for the next few weeks,” said Halperin in an interview with CNN’s John Roberts.

Halperin went on to say that Sen. Barack Obama needs “magic fairy dust” for a victory in one of the next Democratic debates in order to show voters that he is a better candidate than Sen. Clinton. As for John Edwards, he needs to hope that Sens. Clinton and Obama “knock each other out” in order for him to sneak up and win the nomination.

Halperin recommended a puppy for Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani. “When the times get tough….he wants people to think of him as a soft and cuddly guy,” said Halperin. Lastly, Halperin suggested that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee should wish for “hard cash” in order to maintain a competitive edge against “guys with tens of millions dollars.”

- CNN’s Emily Sherman

soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Hillary needs a soul, she and Obama need some real experience other than being bloviating Senators, and both of them need a miracle to win a general election in this country, which is not ready for a white woman or black man in the White House even if they _had_ the gravitas of real leaders.

    November 23, 2007 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Ryan

    Thanks for the absolutely asinine political analysis, CNN.

    November 23, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Damon, Ames, IA

    Huckabee is just the flavor of the month and only in Iowa. Cash alone won't get him the presidential election. News is a business and "darkhorse" candidates make for interesting news. Huckabee doesn't stand a chance because, Liberals don't like him because of his views on abortion and gays and conservatives don't like him because he's as liberal as Hillary is when it comes to to reiterate, Huckabee is a deadend hitman for Guiliani trying to take out Romney and the "Huckster" is going nowhere.

    November 23, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. Paula Higgins

    Is this the best Mr. Halperin can do for Time Magazine? "Fairy dust" and "she's the most likely next President?"It's high time they get a new analyst. A 10 year old could have done better. Another reason why I don't buy Time anymore

    November 23, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. mike, dallas, TX

    Here we go again!

    CNN/TIME and its pundits insulting the electorate's intelligence on their stedfast support for Hillary keep talking about Hilary's inevitability and Obama needing a "magic fairy" to be successful quite to the contrary of what is happening on the ground in Iowa, New Hampshire and even the tightening poll numbers nationally. This is a shameless exercise.

    November 23, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. Opa Locka, Florida

    Sorry, Mark, but We Americans will not vote another clinton to the White House. We are tired of corrupt, crooked, lying and untrustworthty politicians.
    Please Americans, vote for anyone but hillary.

    November 23, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Ben Jacob, Hollywood, FL

    For leadership, experience is the best teacher! We had economic prosperity and the world respected us during the Clinton administration. Ever since Bush took the office, we have lost millions of jobs, respect in the world, the economy is in danger of overheating amid rising inflationary pressure, and we are facing a record trade and budget deficit. Most folks hate Americans - I don't know if you guys noticed that, but I visit foreign countries.

    We need to regain what we have lost. Among presidential candidates, I really like Obama, Mike Huckabee, and Mitt Romney, but I wish they had some experience, especially in foreign affairs and economy. I believe that Clinton is the best and most experienced candidate among both Republican & Democrat fields. Experience does count in this troubling economy.

    November 23, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Jim Rand

    Rudy will need more then a puppy. He is a real nasty person who will pander his vote to anyone no matter what position he has to flip flop on. He already has all the qualifications for office. He is a liar and cheats on all his wives and takes credit for everything, just ask the NY firemen.

    November 23, 2007 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. Shawn, New York, NY

    It would be nice to see some actual political commentary and analysis on this site.

    Mark Halperins political analysis is lazy. Perhaps he should do something other than read polls and declare them to be gospel.

    For example, what about the fact that the Iowa caucuses are going to be held on January 3rd, right after the holidays when people won't yet have gotten back into the swing of things. This obviously hurts Hillary, whose support in Iowa is coming from a lot of first time caucus goers, and helps Edwards whose support is steep among those who caucused last time.

    Thank you Mark Halperin for your weak analysis and thank you CNN for always putting the "Hillary Clinton Inevitable Winner" line before actual news or anything other than surface level poll numbers.

    November 23, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Fred Soto - the White House Intel Report - Silicon Valley, USA

    What a vile thing to say about Rudy. God knows what Giuliani would do to a poor puppy when he's not torturing 'potential' terrorist suspects.

    November 23, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Another "analysis" to make Clinton look good...

    November 23, 2007 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  12. Olivia - San Antonio

    Obama is going to need alot more help other than fairy dust for the next debate. I have watched every debate. I have observed how he looks at Clinton. You know who he reminds me of??? Steve Urkel! my nephew said "I watched the last debate – Clinton has more balls then all those guys put together – I wouldn't want to get into words with that woman." He then went on the add that his father said she was the smartest candidate the democrats have.

    November 23, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. Jillian Smith

    Hillary is the smartest and most qualified candidate in either party.

    There are many people in this country, by the way, who have no idea what Obama stands for.

    November 23, 2007 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. Walt, Belton, TX

    Giuliani is pro gun control and will kiss anyone's ass to get elected. He was a lucky mayor of New York, but we can't afford to wish for a lucky President. He's not a keeper!

    November 23, 2007 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. Cheryl Harrisburg, PA

    Halperin does not know anything. What about needs and will get is a victory in Iowa. I am very happy to see Obama proving people like Halperin wrong every chance he gets.

    Go Obama 08

    November 23, 2007 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  16. Cody Harding, Kinsley, KS

    I really, truly doubt that the entire staff at TIME agreed with this article.

    Also, can't you people take a flippin' joke once in a while? First the turkey debacle, and now this? Seriously, do you think Guliani needs a puppy, or Clinton needs armor? Lauch once in a while, it keeps you from looking like Duncan Hunter or Ron Paul.

    November 23, 2007 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. Aaron Chiatovich White lake,mi

    Once again cnn proves it's lack of any real substance, all speculation and opinion.

    Congradulations on the steller reporting.

    November 23, 2007 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  18. Jennifer, Savannah, GA

    OLIVIA, I can understand why your nephew would prefer not to "get into words with that woman". If the two of you are indicating that HRC is the smartest candidate-then this is why you definitely need not be challenged. You wouldn't understand the depth of Senator Obama looking at HRC-ESPECIALLY if that's what you've observed during the debate in its entirity. Listen to the platforms of all candidates-it may surprise you as well as give you a chance to teach others.

    November 23, 2007 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  19. bymyside, Long Beach, CA

    CNN...The Clinton News Network is at it again...CNN has been banned in my house. We're sticking to MSNBC.

    Want some facts?

    By the way, power-hungry Hillary is losing and getting desperate.

    The people will deliver Barack Obama to the White House!

    OBAMA '08

    November 23, 2007 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  20. San Diegan for Obama

    Hey Jillian's ironic how you say people have no idea what Obama stands for. Like Hillary Clinton doesn't change her opinion every five seconds (rolls eyes), I'm sure a lot of people have no idea where the heck she's coming from either!

    November 23, 2007 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  21. modernwoman, USA

    Please, you can shove Hillary Clinton into a suit of armor but that will only make her less human than she already is. Why does CNN/Time continue to support her as the "most likely next president"? I think that some of your writers have been hitting the "magic fairy dust" a little too much lately.

    November 23, 2007 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  22. Jim, Chicago

    Jillian Smith,

    Those "who have no idea what Obama stands for" are just too lazy to go to his websites and read them.

    If these people don't have a computer at home, they can use a computer at the public library.

    November 23, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. Lee, Miami Gardens, Florida

    I am so tired of CNN promoting Hillary. I despise her. I am still waiting on her to answer simple questions. As voters, it's our right to know what a candidate will do for this country.
    Please, Just say no to hillary.

    November 23, 2007 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  24. w

    Sorry Cheryl, but Obama's a loser too, and too many people hate the Clinton legacy of deceit, cheating and lies.

    November 23, 2007 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  25. Pete, Washington

    Hillary does NOT need a suit of armor. That is very bad advise. I think what Hillary really needs is to start being more honest. Many of us Dems are concerned with all of her secrecy about her HillaryCare papers and her 2006 tax returns. If she can't level with us now, how can she expect us to trust her when we are ready to vote? This election is not about 'experience', it is about integrity, good judgment and telling voters the truth. I know those attibutes describe Barack Obama, but can the same be said about Hillary?

    November 23, 2007 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
1 2 3