They are locked in an epic struggle for the nation's heart, the grizzled veteran versus the up-and-comer, both popular, both controversial. No, not Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Tomorrow, the real showdown is between Tim Russert, who is interviewing Obama, and George Stephanopoulos, who is interviewing Clinton at roughly the same time, the New York Times reports.
Russert is the long-reigning king of the Sunday news program, constantly winning the battle for ratings and high-profile bookings. But critics like Arianna Huffington call him “the high priest of conventional wisdom.” Stephanopoulos, meanwhile, moderated the much-derided ABC debate. Both are accused of favoring the candidate they’ll be interviewing on Sunday. “Neither side will feel like they’ve been treated fairly,” said an ex-press secretary, “no matter how fair those interviews turn out to be.”