04.29.12

John Boehner, John Brennan and More Sunday Talk

John Boehner attacks Obama, John Brennan urges extra vigilance against terror plots, Robert Gibbs questions Romney’s judgment and more in our Sunday Talk roundup.

Boehner: Obama’s ‘Diminishing the Presidency’

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If this is what John Boehner considers a good relationship with Obama, we’d hate to see a bad one. On State of the Union, the House speaker said that he tries to avoid personal attacks on the president—before personally attacking him. In addition to accusing Obama of following bad advice from his campaign staff, Boehner suggested the president is “diminishing the presidency” by picking the superficial battles. “Then they pick this student loan fight when there is no fight,” Boehner said. “The president is bigger than this, the presidency is important.”

Brennan: We Won’t Let Our Guard Down

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Is the U.S. on the brink of another terrorist attack? On Fox News Sunday, John Brennan addressed concerns that Al Qaeda is planning an assault in observance of the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death: there’s no immediate danger, the chief counterterrorism advisor said, but officials are still tracking all potential leads. “There is no credible reporting right now that there is an active plot underway,” Brennan said. “We are not going to let down our guard and we’re going to stay extra vigilant, in fact, during this period of time.”

WWRD: What Would Romney Do?

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The latest Obama campaign ad highlights the president’s difficult decision to take down Osama bin Laden and questions if Mitt Romney would have done the same. On Meet the Press, Obama advisor Robert Gibbs defended criticism of the ad, citing Romney’s previous comments. “Quite frankly, Mitt Romney said it was a foolish thing to do a few years ago,” Gibbs said. “Look, there’s a difference in the roles they would play as commander-in-chief, and I certainly think that’s fair game.” When pressed again on whether he thought Romney would take the same risk as Obama, Gibbs answered, “I don’t think it’s clear that he would.”

Gillespie: Obama Bad for Women

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Obama and Romney can’t help but chase after women. In the cutthroat competition to win the women’s vote, Ed Gillespie stopped by Meet the Press to share why Romney is the more female-friendly choice. “The U.S economy is a hostile workplace for women under President Obama, because it’s harder to get a job,” the Romney senior advisor said. “It’s still the economy, and women aren’t stupid.”

Was Pakistan Hiding Osama Bin Laden?

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Did Pakistani officials knew that bin Laden was hiding within their borders? On Face the Nation, CBS News correspondent John Miller, the last American to interview the al Qaeda leader, responded to a Newsweek report questioning Pakistan’s knowledge of Bin Laden’s safe house. The Pakistani government appeared to be in the dark about bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad, he said. “They seemed to be genuinely shocked…There’s no indication that, at a high level, any deal was made or that there was any awareness.”

Carly Fiorina on Tax Reform

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According to Carly Fiorina, the answer to fixing the U.S. economy is as simple as one, two, three. On This Week, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard detailed her three structural concerns in the U.S. economy: In addition to strengthening small businesses and instituting competitive tax rates, Fiorina stressed improving education as an important step on the road to recovery. “Our education system is not keeping up,” Fiorina said. “The data is clear that the quality of our education system is slipping, the quantity of education that we’re giving our children is slipping.”

Romney’s Media Victory

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Did Romney’s selective media strategy work to his advantage? On Reliable Sources, host Howie Kurtz shared the results of a recent poll revealing that during the primary season, Romney received the most positive coverage of all the GOP candidates. At the other end of the spectrum, Obama received the most negative coverage. Newsweek & The Daily Beast contributor David Frum offered up his thoughts on what the poll really reflects. “In the field of terrain that was available to [Romney], he was succeeding,” Frum said. “And the problems that President Obama is contending with, he is at best struggling.”