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. Lee

    Sorry, that your favorite candidates are losing some popularity, if it weren't for cable TV promoting Obama,
    Hillary Clinton and Guiliani none of them would be where they are in the polls. Besides the media, some people forgot Guiliani was a lier, cheat, general meanie of NYC, that Hillary
    Clinton is known thoughout the world for being President Bill Clinton's wife, ex-First Lady, as senator of NY has done nothing to help the middle class working people, and now in her second term, has spent time voting for Bush's policies or just not present. Obama media created Harvard educated black man, seems like a white man, so liberals can vote for him safely and add they are not racist.

    November 23, 2007 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  2. Katy7540, Cedar Rapids, IA

    To Jillian Smith who says “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”

    Hillary is so smart she failed her first bar exam! People who have no idea what Obama stands for are ignorant by their own lack of effort or intelligence. Unlike Hillary, Senator Obama is clear on every issue during every interview, at every town meeting and rally and in every debate. (He has won every debate so far.)

    November 23, 2007 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  3. Pete, Washington

    Halperin is offering bad advise. The only thing Hillary needs is to be more open and honest. Take a look at the most recent polls. We Dems are having trouble with her secrecy about her HillaryCare papers and her 2006 tax returns. That story about Vin Gupta is going to add to her 'covering up' the things that need to be out in the open. I am sure that telling us the truth will pay off and restablish trust in her, just like Obama told us the truth about his problems as a teen. If Hillary listens to Halperin and ignores the concerns of the voters, she will continue to slide in the polls and maybe come in third in Iowa. If she can't be straightforward and honest, I may very well vote for Barack Obama. Honesty is the best policy.

    November 23, 2007 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  4. DBosh, Atlanta Georgia

    Give me a break!

    An 'analysis' requires actual analysis if anyone is to take it seriously.

    Obama needs "majic fairy dust"?

    This type of lightweight/horse race dribble from our punditcracy just further reiforces my view just how badly our Republic needs the vision, inspiration, and common sense of Senator Obama.

    The Good Senator may not be a brilliant debater. But given his rhetorical skill was honed not in a courtroom(like the bulk of his peers) but in endeavors of conscience-community organizing- and endeavors of the mind-a constitutional law professor, what we get is thoughtfulness and throughness.

    If 'experience' for a viewing audience of a debate(if one call them that) boils down to bullet-point, scripted, and vacuus answers than we are all truly doomed.

    Scrap the System
    Vote Obama

    November 23, 2007 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  5. Juanito, Washington, DC

    Articles like this one are the reason I stopped watching CNN...the incessant Hillary cheerleading is pathetic and sickening.
    Thankfully the primary voters are starting to see through the BS.

    November 23, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. SFT, Elgin, IL

    It is increasingly obvious to me that CNN does not intend in any way to provide unbiased reporting about the 2008 Election. After reading this article I plan to take CNN off of my Favorites bookmarks. I am an older woman who has observed many Presidential campaigns and I prefer journalists that tell the facts rather than acting as an advertisement for specific candidates. For some reason CNN wishes a contest between Senator Clinton and Former Mayor Guiliani. That is not my perference. I believe Senator Obama is my far the most hnoest and insightful candidate who actually cares about the planet and real human beings.

    November 23, 2007 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  7. Ken, San Diego, California

    Barack Obama has pulled ahead of Hillary Clinton in Iowa (and is gaining on her in New Hampshire) because of his tremendous ability and his message. He, not Hillary, opposed the war in Iraq from the beginning. He has the wisdom we need. Despite Hillary's years in politics and her husband's connections, Barack has collected campaign contributions from more individuals than she has because he has the support of ordinary Americans. Hillary is ahead in fundraising only because, unlike Barack, she takes money from Washington lobbyists.

    November 23, 2007 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  8. Jay

    CNN don't you get it, people do not trust you anymore. So just give it up.

    November 23, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  9. Justin, Newark NY

    I am a resident of New York, and I find it fascinating that a lot of comments coming out of my home state are so "anti-Hillary" given the state's political blue background (not to mention her Senate status with regards to New York). I for one like it. I think we are becoming our own color on the election map. Makes sense, considering the events that have taken place in the last 6+ years (i.e. WTC and, more recently, the Iranian President himself). It's interesting to note that no candidate has taken that into account aside from Clinton, who seems to think we are already in her pocket. It's not over till it's over, right?

    November 23, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  10. Matt, Washington, DC

    Could you folks at CNN please get serious about this campaign and stop reporting as if you were the National Enquirer or Fox News? It's sad that people actually come here and expect to get real information. This little news "blip" runs staunchly counter to any sort of news or analysis that the American people need right now. Get with the program and stop trying to be an entertainment source.

    November 23, 2007 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  11. Dan, Tx

    Obama should be the democratic nominee. We'll see if the democrats want to win.

    November 23, 2007 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  12. Just Jean

    Good Lord! I have no idea waht Hillary stands for, and I read her position papers. Have you read Obama's? If not, shame on you. They are clear, detailed, original, and well advised. His people are the best...the likes of Gore, Gen. Powell, Buffet and Gates. Did you hear his speech to the Google Company? The man knows his stuff. He has content and he is quick, but not slippery. He moves and acts like a leader. He HAS gravitas. That is why his support is going to grow and totally overwhelm Hillary's.

    The American situation cannot bear more of the same "back and forth". We must regroup and move ahead.

    A lot of people think she is the only alternative to Bush politics. They know what they don't want but don't realize that with her they are headed for something so close to it, you won't see the difference. If you go far enough left and far enough right, you wind up in the same place...chaos. I want clarity. I want honest. I want compassionate. I want smart AND wise.

    Have you seen Obama's crowds? No racists, no Democrat party bosses, nothing is going to stop this movement. We are mixed. We are mighty. We WANT someone different. We want Obama for America.

    November 23, 2007 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  13. Maeve

    I thought that gray pant-suit Clinton was wearing at the last debate WAS her suit of armor!

    Did Halperin give her her Christmas present really, really early?

    November 24, 2007 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  14. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Rudy needs some ethics ... From the Washington Post today ....

    "critics describe a pattern in which capable appointees either quit or were pushed out, leaving the top levels of the Giuliani administration increasingly populated by friends and close associates. Some of the later appointees became shrouded in scandal, including Bernard B. Kerik, the former police commissioner indicted this month on 16 counts of corruption, mail and tax fraud, obstruction of justice, and lying to the government."

    November 24, 2007 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  15. Chris, Middletown, CT

    What a sad commentary on our society when a Hillary Clinton can't answer a simple question honestly...and yet her supporters yell "go girl" – when she takes millions from the Chinese government....and her supporters yell "we need a female president" – she then pushes the teachings of Saul Alinsky (her mentor) of a socialist society full of government entitlement programs....aren't some of her supporters the least bit concerned that Saul Alinsky was a grassroots Marxist?? Anyone who supports her....ever....needs to really take a look at how easily you can be manipulated....

    November 24, 2007 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  16. Ray, Anne Arundel County, Maryland

    I believe that Ms. Clinton has already gone into a shell. She takes only limited questioning from crowds or from the press while on the campaign trail. This is being noticed by voters who aren't going to hand the most powerful job in a democracy to someone who can't deal regularly with questions from citizens (or journalists).

    November 24, 2007 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  17. GA in VA - Virginia Beach, VA

    Go Senator Obama – "A Change we can Believe in"
    Senator Obama, is by far the best candidate that America has seen in quite some time. If these tough on "this" and tough on "that" candidates think that other countries respect them and are afraid of them – they are dreaming. Senator Obama is the clear choice for America to gain REAL respect again. Many of the other candidates are not just disliked they are HATED. Imagine electing a President that is HATED.

    Senator Obama not only can work across political lines, also state lines and even national/international lines. The lack of ability to work with others creates so much baggage, that many of the candidates would not get to first base with other national leaders.

    Now is not the time for us to take that type of RISK with our country so divided.

    We have to be tough and respected – Senator Obama brings both of these qualities to the table!!

    P.S. to the debate queen – it doesn't mean a thing to be great at debates if you don't believe in anything. Let the queen debate her heart out – I just want someone with conviction and principle and willing to work in the best interest of America!!


    November 24, 2007 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  18. Kristian Idol, Chatsworth, CA

    Barack Obama

    * Degree from Columbia University in International Relations
    * Community organizer in the poorest part of Chicago (3 years)
    * Civil rights attorney
    * Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Law School
    * First Black President of the Harvard Law Review
    * Constitutional law Professor
    * Illinois State Senator for 8 years, passing legislation creating healthcare for 150,000 citizens, political ethics reform, and the videotaping of interrogations to prevent coercion
    * US Senator for 3 years, member Senate Foreign Relations Committee, authored or co-authored more beneficial bills than Hillary Clinton including lobbyist reforms
    * Known and respected for working with Republicans to solve problems (not “fighting” them)
    * An honest, positive force for true change in our government and our lives

    November 24, 2007 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  19. ED orlando fl

    America is sick of a dozen long winded [so called experts ] trying to tell us who is the most qualified person to run this country. That was OK thirty years ago when pundits were much better qualified and more honorable then todays pundits whose major thoughts and objectives today are their future or future book writings. Todays population [contrary to the pundits opinion]are smarter and better educated in politics then the pundits want to admit.

    November 24, 2007 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  20. Andrew, Haslett, MI

    "I want clarity. I want honest. I want compassionate. I want smart AND wise."

    You want Ron Paul. Look him up.

    November 24, 2007 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. Daniel, NY

    Giuliani has taken the lead against Clinton in the latest national general election poll.

    November 24, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. Tired of Corruption LV

    If Hillary, who needs a suit of armor, gets elected as CNN/Time wishes, then the voters will have gone into this election process wearing a set of blinders.

    A person who is honest, has integrity, has good judgement, isn't plagued by scandals shouldn't need a suit of armor.

    Seems Halperin thinks Clinton has a lot to hide. Not a very good recommendation.

    November 24, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. Walt, Belton, TX

    Dear Kristian,
    I know you love the guy, but he's just a black muslim who can't buy the Jessie
    Jackson image he admires so much. He was only elected Senator because he was the least worst! Except for Ronald Reagan, we've elected the least worst President for the last thirty years. That's the pity of the whole thing!

    November 24, 2007 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. J - San Antonio - Texas

    People need to wake up the Obama's are playing the race card! No one really cares much him. The people who think he has a chance need to really think about this. He isn't ready and our country isn't ready. I'm not sure he will be ready in 8 or 12 years. He just doesnt have what it takes. Sad but true.

    November 24, 2007 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. Olivia - San Antonio

    Jennifer – it is you who needs to pay attention to the debates. And,you also need to read comments more throughly before you quote them. Obama on the debates reminds me on Steve Urkel next to Clinton. He isn't our fresh start and our voters need to face that. Voting for Obama is like assisting our country commit suicide.

    November 24, 2007 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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