Meet The Press –  NBC

In the biggest coup for the Sunday talk shows, former Secretary of State, Colin Powell, appeared on NBC’s Meet The Press, where he endorsed Obama for the presidency and discusses misgivings about his long-time friend McCain.

“In the case of Mr McCain, I found that he was a little unsure as to deal with the economic problems that we were having and almost every day there was a different approach to the problem. And that concerned me, sensing that he didn’t have a complete grasp of the economic problems that we had. And I was also concerned at the selection of Governor Palin. She’s a very distinguished woman, and she’s to be admired; but at the same time, now that we have had a chance to watch her for some seven weeks, I don’t believe she’s ready to be president of the United States, which is the job of the vice president. And so that raised some question in my mind as to the judgment that Senator McCain made.”

Fox News Sunday – Fox News

John McCain was the guest on Fox News this weekend. Fox News Sunday’s George Wallace took John McCain to task over his recent attempts to tie Obama to socialism. McCain continued to attack Obama over campaign spending, again comparing it to Nixon’s spending during Watergate, and evoking his best friend Joe the Plumber.

“… history shows us where unlimited amounts of money are in political campaigns, it leads to scandal.

“I’m not comparing it with — I’m saying this is the first since the Watergate scandal that any candidate for president of the United States, a major party candidate, has broken the pledge to take public financing.

“We enacted those reforms because of that scandal. We know that we let unlimited amounts of money — in this case $200 million unreported — and there’s already been stories of people who have made small contributions multiple times and all that.

“I’m saying it’s laying a predicate for the future that can be very dangerous. History has shown that.”

This Week – ABC

This Week hosted an all-star roundtable on the last stretch of the election, with George Will, Donna Brazile, David Gergen, Thomas Friedman and Newt Gingrich. Former House Speaker Gringrich commented on Powell’s endorsement of Obama: “What that just did in one sound bite… is it eliminated the experience argument” while former presidential advisor David Gergen deemed it “the most important endorsement of the campaign so far”.

Face The Nation (PDF) – CBS

Face the Nation featured Republican Missouri Governor Blunt endorsing Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin as the “perfect candidate” for his constituents.

“I can take Sarah Palin to my Stratford hometown or any community in our state and she would immediately connect with people. She understands the real world. She understands the struggles that ordinary families face. She is the type of person we need in Washington, D.C. She’s a proven reformer. And she’s been a great help in Missouri, as we move forward this campaign.”

Peter Fray

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