Off the Record

Greta: Campaign 2016 is underway. Buckle up!

'Off the Record,' 3/23/15: Some full disclosure and the goal: To do the fairest coverage possible for all candidates of both parties

 

By Greta Van Susteren

Let's all go "Off the Record." With Senator Ted Cruz making this announcement today:

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SEN. TED CRUZ, PRESIDENTAL CANDIDATE: I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America. And that is why today I am announcing that I am running for president of the United States.

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it's official: Campaign 2016 is underway. And I have no idea what twists and turns will develop. But it's worth taking a second and thinking about Campaign 2016 and about coverage and anticipated candidates, starting with Governor Jeb Bush and Secretary Hillary Clinton. Both have family members who have held high office, in fact, the highest. But both Bush and Clinton should be judged on their individual records, whether it be accomplishments and failings. Their family members are not running; they are.

Likewise, at some point, if former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley announces, it is fair to give my comments extra scrutiny because my husband is a long-time friend of Governor O'Malley. In the law, conflicts arise when you hide stuff, not when they are out in the open, so you can decide. After all these years, you all know me. One thing is sure - I'm not a potted plant. My comments will be my own. My job is doing the best job, the fairest job, for all the candidates of both parties.

Campaign 2016, here we go. Buckle up. That's my "Off the Record" comment tonight.