While NBC concentrated on Iraq, both CBS and ABC offered the latest update from the campaign trail: ABC's Jake Tapper looked at Republican Rudolph Giuliani; CBS' Gloria Borger at Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton. Both chose the candidates' personal lives as their journalistic hook: Giuliani's distance from his former wife; Rodham Clinton's closeness to her current-and-only husband.
Tapper covered Giuliani's response to his own 22-year-old son's comments that he learned his values from his mother, Giuliani's ex-wife, after a bitter divorce. "These problems with blended families are challenges," the thrice-married former mayor confessed. Tapper called him "coated in political Teflon" for a sole, unique reason, his leadership of New York City in the face of the attacks of September 11th, 2001.
Borger calls it a "delicate mission" for the would-be First Husband: how to support his wife without "overshadowing her…aside from raising money and acting as the Strategist-in-Chief, what is the best way for her to use him?" Borger consulted Bill's longtime political operative James Carville: "It is not a bad problem to have, that you are married to the most popular Democrat in the United States."
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