NBC: CPAC Speakers 'Battle For the Base'; Try to 'Outdo Each Other Taking Apart Obama'
With an on-screen headline describing the annual Conservative Political Action Conference as a "Battle for the Base," correspondent Kelly O'Donnell remarked: "...the Republican Party stars are, in essence, competing to outdo each other taking apart President Obama. From Florida, Senator Marco Rubio....to those former candidates who gave the primary season a fleeting spark."
Earlier in the report, O'Donnell proclaimed that Rick Santorum had "...pounded away again at the White House for its battle over contraception coverage with the Church" in a campaign speech on the campaign trail.
Here is a portion of the February 10 report:
KELLY O'DONNELL: Rick Santorum, fresh off his three wins and his largest crowd. About 4,000 at Oral Roberts University, a Christian school where Santorum pounded away again at the White House for its battle over contraception coverage with the Church.
SANTORUM: You know, it's the Catholic Church. But it's the Catholic Church first. It won't be the last if they get away with it.
O'DONNELL: Newt Gingrich, who has had a quiet campaign week, will be on stage today at the conference, too. Aides say he will claim to be the only candidate for big change. At the conference, the Republican Party stars are, in essence, competing to outdo each other taking apart President Obama. From Florida, Senator Marco Rubio:
MARCO RUBIO: The President of the United States looks like he's a really good father, looks like he's a really good husband, but he is a terrible president.
O'DONNELL: To those former candidates who gave the primary season a fleeting spark.
MICHELE BACHMANN: Which is why Barack Obama cannot have a second term as president.
HERMAN CAIN: He says on TV, and I quote, "I deserve another term." For what?
RICK PERRY: If it's halftime in America, I'm fearful of what the final score's going to be if we let this president start the second half as the quarterback.