What You Missed on the Political Talk Shows

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On This Week with George Stephanopolous, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said the race, mathematically, is over, and Mitt Romney is the big winner:  ”He has almost a third of the delegates he needs.  Mathematically, Rick would have to win 75 percent of what remains. He’s done an outstanding job, Rick has, of starting with almost nothing and being a real contender, and Newt’s come back from the dead two or three times.  But mathematically, this thing is about over, but emotionally it’s not.”

On Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, the host asked guest Sen. John McCain whether or not he broke down and watched Game Change, HBO's movie about the 2008 McCain-Palin campaign (read The Atlantic Wire's review here). McCain said he did not, and defended Sarah Palin as a "fine family person."

WALLACE: Well, that brings us -- speaking of elections to the new HBO movie "Game Change" about your selection of Sarah Palin as your running mate. Now, you have swore that you are not going to watch "Game Change". And I want to know because it premiered last night on HBO. Did you break down and tune in?

MCCAIN: I watched the Phoenix Coyotes defeat the San Jose Sharks, 3-0. It was a great game.

Of course, I'm not going to watch it. It's based on a book that's completely biased and with unattributed quotes, et cetera. And what I don't understand even in the tough world of politics, why there continues to be such assaults on a good and decent person, Sarah Palin, a fine family person, a person whose nomination energized our campaign. We were in the lead and they continue to disparage and attack her character and her person.

I admire and respect her and proud of our campaign. I'm grateful that she ran with me and I will always be proud of what we did and humbled by the fact that I was able to get the nomination of the Republican Party for president of the United States.

On Meet the Press, host David Gregory asked Rick Santorum what would "tip the scales to get Newt Gingrich out of the race?" His response:

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On Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer, Gingrich called for a withdrawal of U.S. troops deployed to Afghanistan, in light of today's tragic events there. He also drew a distinction between the Koran burning controversy, for which he sharply criticized President Obama for apologizing, and this incident.

"With the burning of the Quran they were killing young Americans. No American president should apologize to people who in the process of killing young Americans," Gingrich said.

Gingrich said the U.S. should offer "condolences" and "compensation" to the families of the victims.

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