Welcome back to The Sunday Grind, where we choose the most notable moments on the Sunday morning talk show circuit and serve them to you piping hot, with a side of biscotti.
On This Week (minus George Stephanopoulos, who had the morning off), Jonathan Karl referenced The New York Times' front-page story on the possibility that the Republican presidential nomination will be decided on the GOP convention room floor, then asked guest Rick Santorum if he thought that was a possibility. Santorum said "there are plenty of delegates out there for us," and that voters are "tired of the negative ads" being put out by Romney. "[Romney] had a huge advantage," Santorum said, "and he hasn't been able to close the deal." He wouldn't answer Karl's question, however. Santorum did acknowledge regret over his support of party turncoat Arlen Specter when he made a pid for the presidency in 1996: "That certainly wasn’t one of my prouder moments that I look back on," Santorum said.
Back from a trip to southern Sudan, and an arrest protesting outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington, George Clooney appeared on the Sunday Grind circuit to press for action in the region. He told Meet the Press he can do more good as an actor on a talk show that he can actually running for office: "I think I actually have a lot more influence on it here. No super PAC has given me money ... There is no outside influence for me. I can actually have an opinion and it may not fit what the UN wants and it may not fit what other people want, and I can say this I think is right, and stand by it. I don’t have to check in to make sure and I don’t have to compromise.”