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The Sunday showdown

The Los Angeles Times leads its coverage of yesterday's Meet the Press (featuring Obama) vs. This Week (featuring Clinton) showdown, with the two candidates sparring over the gas tax and Clinton's "obliterate" comments regarding Iran and Israel. 

What was interesting about Clinton's defense of her use of the word "obliterate," she took pains to NOT use the word again.

USA Today notes Clinton's decision not to attempt to cite a single economist who supports her gas tax proposal.

Speaking of, the latest New York Times/CBS poll, 51% said a gas-tax holiday was a bad idea, compared with 44% who said it was a good one. Moreover, a whopping 70% said that candidates proposed such a measure to help them politically, versus 21% who said it would provide relief to Americans.

The Boston Globe called Clinton and Obama's appearances on Meet the Press and This Week "dueling appearances" that "were the closest thing to a debate the two Democratic contenders will have before tomorrow's contests in Indiana and North Carolina." 
 
Reuters: "Clinton on Sunday dismissed the 'elite opinion' of economists who criticized her gas tax proposal, using a term that has dogged rival Barack Obama in recent weeks. Obama, meanwhile, accused the New York senator of pandering on gas taxes and saber rattling toward Iran as both candidates gave television interviews before primary contests in North Carolina and Indiana."

The New York Times' Stanley: "Senator Barack Obama sat hunched on Sunday across the desk from Tim Russert on 'Meet The Press' on NBC and wearily endured question after question about his relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton stood up from her armchair on Sunday to tower over George Stephanopoulos on 'This Week' on ABC and merrily took on all critics, even the king of the Clinton-bashers, the talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh."

More: "Together, 'Meet the Press' and its rival 'This Week with George Stephanopoulos' provided an arresting tableau of the reversal of fortunes in the Democratic race. Mrs. Clinton was forceful, confident and at times even frisky as she easily deflected questions from Mr. Stephanopoulos and members of a town-hall-style meeting in Indianapolis. Mr. Obama, usually the one to see the humor in politics, instead looked grave and dispirited."