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07/21/2015 05:27 pm ET Updated Jan 09, 2017

162 Talking Heads Have Weighed In On Trump vs. McCain

Is that too much? Yeah, probably.
Mike Segar / Reuters

Ever since Donald Trump claimed Saturday that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) isn’t a war hero -- or, maybe, is one only because he was captured in Vietnam -- cable networks have covered those remarks without pause.

The national media are obsessed with Trump, who has ridden the feedback loop of press attention to the top of the Republican presidential primary polls. Trump’s comments last month about Mexican immigrants being “rapists” drew extensive coverage as well. But the McCain swipe seemed to send TV bookers into a unique frenzy.

Over four days, The Huffington Post found 162 people -- rival presidential candidates, other politicians, strategists, analysts, journalists and former prisoners of war -- have been asked to offer their take on Trump’s comment and/or how it will affect the 2016 primary.

Not included in the list is White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, whose take on the fracas was broadcast when he delivered it during his daily briefing. Nor are MSNBC viewers, who were polled on Monday as to whether the McCain comments made Trump unpresidential.

All told, 20 current and former lawmakers were asked to address L'Affaire Trump. Trump himself called in to ABC’s “This Week” and “Fox & Friends” to respond, as well as commenting on camera on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor.” McCain went on air too, as did two of his children.

Here is the complete list, compiled through a search of CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and the broadcast network Sunday shows from noon Saturday through noon Tuesday, using TVEyes. The list doesn't include hosts, unless they weighed in as a guest on another program.  

  1. Alan Colmes, radio host
  2. Amber Smith, Concerned Veterans for America
  3. Amy Holmes, MSNBC contributor
  4. Ana Navarro, CNN commentator
  5. Andrea Mitchell, NBC News
  6. Angela Rye, Impact Strategies
  7. Ann Coulter, conservative commentator
  8. Anthony Terrell, NBC News
  9. Barry McCaffrey, retired general
  10. Ben Domenech, The Federalist
  11. Ben Ferguson, host of “The Ben Ferguson Show”
  12. Ben Sasse, senator from Nebraska
  13. Benjy Sarlin, MSNBC
  14. Betsy Woodruff, The Daily Beast
  15. Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard
  16. Bill Richardson, former governor of New Mexico
  17. Bob Cusack, The Hill
  18. Bob Kerrey, former senator from Nebraska
  19. Bob Vander Plaats, CEO of The Family Leader 
  20. Brad Woodhouse, Americans United for Change
  21. Bret Baier, anchor of Fox News' "Special Report"
  22. Brianna Keilar, CNN
  23. Brit Hume, Fox News senior political analyst
  24. Caitlin Huey-Burns, Real Clear Politics
  25. Carl Cameron, Fox News
  26. Carl Higbie, former Navy SEAL
  27. Charles Blow, New York Times columnist
  28. Charlie Plumb, retired captain, former Navy pilot and POW with McCain
  29. Charlie Rangel, congressman from New York
  30. Chris Cillizza, The Washington Post
  31. Chris Dodd, former senator from Connecticut
  32. Chris Jansing, NBC News
  33. Corey Lewandowski, campaign manager for Donald Trump
  34. Cornell Belcher, Democratic strategist and analyst
  35. Damien Lemon, comedian
  36. Dan Caldwell, legislative director of Concerned Veterans for America
  37. Dana Bash, CNN
  38. Daniel Halper, Weekly Standard
  39. Danielle Pletka, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
  40. David Chalian, CNN political director
  41. David Corn, Mother Jones
  42. Deneen Borelli, Conservative Review
  43. Donald Trump (on Bill O’Reilly's show)
  44. Donna Brazile, CNN political commentator
  45. Ed O’Keefe, The Washington Post
  46. Ed Rendell, former governor of Pennsylvania
  47. Ed Rollins, Republican strategist
  48. EJ Dionne, Washington Post columnist
  49. Elahe Izadi, The Washington Post
  50. Ellis Henican, political strategist
  51. Errol Louis, New York 1 political anchor and CNN analyst
  52. Eugene Robinson, The Washington Post
  53. Everett Alvarez, retired commander and former POW
  54. Frank Luntz, pollster and Fox News contributor
  55. Geraldo Rivera, Fox News senior correspondent
  56. Gloria Borger, CNN chief political analyst
  57. Guy Benson, Townhall.com
  58. Gwen Ifill, PBS
  59. Harold Ford Jr., former congressman from Tennessee
  60. Howard Fineman, The Huffington Post
  61. Howard Kurtz, Mediabuzz host
  62. Jack Jacobs, retired colonel and NBC/MSNBC analyst
  63. Jack McCain, son of the senator and a former Navy helicopter pilot
  64. Jackie Kucinich, The Daily Beast
  65. James Rosen, Fox News chief Washington correspondent
  66. Jamie Weinsten, Daily Caller
  67. James Williams, retired major general, U.S. Marine Corps
  68. Jane Harman, former congresswoman from California
  69. Jane Timm, MSNBC reporter on the trail with Trump in South Carolina
  70. Jeffrey Lord, former political director for Ronald Reagan
  71. Jehmu Greene, former 2008 Clinton campaign adviser
  72. Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan
  73. Jeremy Peters, The New York Times
  74. Jim Jordan, congressman from Ohio
  75. Jim Webb, former senator from Virginia and 2016 presidential candidate
  76. Joan Walsh, Salon
  77. John Heilemann, Bloomberg Politics
  78. John Kirby, State Department spokesman
  79. John Leboutillier, former congressman from New York
  80. John McCain, senator from Arizona
  81. John McCormack, Weekly Standard
  82. John Pedevillano, retired lieutenant and WWII veteran
  83. John Stanton, BuzzFeed
  84. Jon Karl, ABC News
  85. Jonathan Allen, VOX
  86. Jonathan Alter, columnist and MSNBC analyst
  87. Joy Reid, MSNBC
  88. Julie Pace, The Associated Press
  89. Kathleen Parker, Washington Post columnist
  90. Katty Kay, BBC
  91. Katy Tur, NBC reporter who recently interviewed Trump
  92. Kayleigh McEnany, Political Prospect
  93. Kevin Madden, Republican strategist and CNN commentator
  94. Kristen Welker, MSNBC
  95. Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics
  96. Laura Ingraham, radio host
  97. Lauren Fox, National Journal
  98. Lee Ellis, retired colonel and former Vietnam POW
  99. Leo K. Thorsness, retired colonel and McCain’s cellmate in Vietnam
  100. Lindsey Graham, senator from South Carolina and 2016 candidate
  101. Liz Mair, Republican strategist
  102. Luke Russert, NBC News
  103. LZ Granderson, ESPN
  104. Maggie Haberman, The New York Times and CNN analyst
  105. Marc Lamont Hill, HuffPostLive host and CNN commentator
  106. Marco Rubio, senator from Florida and 2016 candidate
  107. Margaret Hoover, CNN political analyst
  108. Mark Halperin, Bloomberg Politics
  109. Mark Leibovich, New York Times Magazine
  110. Mark Murray, NBC News
  111. Mark Preston, CNN
  112. Martha Pease, brand expert
  113. Matt Lewis, Daily Caller
  114. Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union
  115. Matt Welch, Reason Magazine
  116. McKay Coppins, BuzzFeed 
  117. Megan McCain, radio host and the senator's daughter
  118. Michael Cohen, executive vice president of the Trump Organization
  119. Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University
  120. Michael Needham, CEO of Heritage Action for America
  121. Michael Smerconish, radio and CNN host
  122. Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee
  123. Mike Emanuel, Fox News
  124. MJ Lee, CNN
  125. Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist
  126. Molly Ball, The Atlantic
  127. Montel Williams, TV host
  128. Nia-Malika Henderson, CNN
  129. Nick Confessore, The New York Times
  130. Orson Swindle, retired lieutenant colonel and former POW
  131. Patrick Murphy, former congressman from Pennsylvania
  132. Patti Solis Doyle, former 2008 Clinton campaign manager and CNN commentator
  133. Peter Baker, The New York Times
  134. Peter King, congressman from New York
  135. Richard Haas, Council on Foreign Relations
  136. Rick Perry, former governor of Texas and 2016 candidate
  137. Rick Santorum, former senator from Pennsylvania and 2016 candidate
  138. Rick Wilson, GOP media consultant
  139. Robert Costa, The Washington Post
  140. Robert Kiger, Trump supporter
  141. Robert Tranum, Republican strategist
  142. Robert Zimmerman, Democratic strategist
  143. Ron Brownstein, National Journal
  144. Ron Christie, Republican strategist
  145. Ruth Marcus, The Washington Post
  146. Ryan Lizza, The New Yorker and CNN commentator
  147. S.E. Cupp, CNN commentator
  148. Sally Kohn, CNN commentator
  149. Scott Brown, former senator from Massachusetts
  150. Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin and 2016 candidate
  151. Sharyl Attkisson, investigative journalist
  152. Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times
  153. Stephen Hayes, Weekly Standard
  154. Steve Deace, radio host
  155. Steve Rattner, former Obama car czar
  156. Tammy Bruce, radio host
  157. Tara Dowdell, Democratic commentator
  158. Tara Setmayer, Republican strategist
  159. Tom Cotton, senator from Arkansas
  160. Tom Friedman, New York Times columnist
  161. Tracy Potts, NBC
  162. Will Hurd, congressman from Texas
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