November 24th, 2007
08:02 AM ET
14 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. Rose, Palisades Park,NJ

    Senator Clinton is the most experienced among all candidates from both parties. The tasks ahead require a strong and powerful leader like Hillary. She has vision and ability to restore the economy, boldness to stand up for America in foreign policy, compassion for the underprivileged, enough sense to mantain social balance and family values. She will work hard with people from both parties to bring positive change in the way Washington governs. We need a strong, responsible person to be Commander in Chief. Hillary is.

    November 24, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. joseph,austin,tx

    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.
    Walt, Belton, TX

    Dude you have got to be kidding me, hes not a muslim, and what does it matter that hes black. you're giving us a bad name b saying crap like that. I expect that much hate when libs talk about bush, but come on attack him on his policy, not his skin. Im not voting for him either, but thats because I feel he like hillary are socialists who will redistribute the wealth to all the victims. I think he wants amnesty for all the illegals, nope lost my vote there too, but this is the 21st century get over the fact that a black guy is running. He isnt the first and he wont be the last.

    November 24, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Cody Harding, Kinsley, KS.

    Learn To Take a Joke, people!
    ALl this was was One Man's anaysis on a joke list for christmas gifts. That's it! It's not a CNN Snub, it's not a political move, it's a joke!

    The Political Ticker acts like a ticker from the old days, giving every little minute detail the AP, Reuters, CNN, etc. can dig up at the moment.

    For Mike Halperin, you could have tried a bit harder. But otherwise, good attempt.

    Now, what happened to laughter in this country? Is this the political base I have to vote with in the coming election, a bunch of humorless people who do nothing but browbeat and undermine the people they don't like?

    November 24, 2007 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. Dee Ward Mena, AR

    I can't believe that one of the bloggers said that CNN is promoting Hillary Clinton. I have written them several times asking why obama gets all of the good press and Senator Clinton gets all of the BAD press. Also I am tired of people saying that he may be the first BLACK president. Does no one besides me know that he is as much WHITE as BLACK. AT least we know that Senator Clinton is All woman so if she wins she will truly be the first WOMAN President. IF obama wins (heaven forbid) he will still be the first HALF black, HALF white president. HE is just as much the frosting in the oreo as he is the lets quit giving him all of the press because he is supposedly black. White Mom, Black dad makes him a half black candidate.

    November 24, 2007 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  5. Dan, Minneapolis, MN

    For all the commentators who seek "simple answers" to a "simple question," than I say, we need another simpleton, like Bush again. Yep folks life is simple. Yep folks, nuanced thinking is too demanding for our "Wallmartian" mind set. Remember keep it simple, black/white, yes/no, to insure that non-simple sensibilites doesn't interfere with our gluttonous consumerism. Yep folks everyone in America is either a liberal or conservative. No need to bother to apply any sense of analysis. Just keep it simple!!

    November 25, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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