April 18: 7 Best Moments from Sunday Talk
Bill Clinton fires back at Rush Limbaugh, John McCain bristles (again) at the M-word, and is Scott Brown backing away from the Tea Party? That and more in our Sunday roundup.
Clinton v. Limbaugh: Round Three
A tit-for-tat between former President Clinton and Rush Limbaugh started last week when Clinton mused about the role of radio encouraging extremism in America. Guess who was listening? Rush Limbaugh responded by claiming that Clinton had just “set the stage for violence in this country.” On ABC's This Week, Mr. Clinton has a few things to say about that.
John McCain: I, Sir, Am No Maverick
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) caused quite a stir when he told Newsweek "I never considered myself a maverick." Considering how prevalent the term was in his 2008 campaign and in his career, the quote caused considerable head turning. Many see the comment as a sign of how his Senate primary challenge has forced him to the right. On Fox News Sunday, McCain said he would "be glad to be called anything" such as "fighter" or "great American."
Robert Gibbs Fascinated, Challenged by Twitter
So Robert GIbbs has made history by becoming the first sitting press secretary to Tweet. (Check out his Tweets here.) On CNN's Reliable Sources, Gibbs sat down with Howard Kurtz to discuss how he came to join the Twitterati. Gibbs said it’s a "fascinating" medium, but he hasn't quite mastered it yet; “it takes an amazing amount of discipline to write out all of what you want to say in 140 characters or less.” U don’t say…
Scott Brown Backs Away From the Tea Party?
Its members may have helped elect him, but Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) hasn’t exactly been embracing the Tea Party lately. First he skipped last week’s rally in Boston, and Sunday, on CBS's Face the Nation, Brown took pains to say he was in Washington to represent a broad base. "If I didn't have the support of all different types of groups, I never would have been elected," Brown told Bob Schieffer.
Timothy Geithner, However, Embraces the Tea Party
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has had a very different relationship with the Tea Party than Scott Brown. Asked about the movement on NBC's Meet the Press, Geithner talked about the "positive side" of the Tea Party; that they are part of a growing awareness about the country's debt issues, for example.
This Week Round Table: Don't Expect FinReg to Be Health Care Part II
Those hoping for another long, partisan slugfest may find the debate about regulating Wall Street a disappointment. Or at least that was the consensus on ABC News’ This Week. Donna Brazile and George Will both predicted that with so little to gain politically by opposing the bill, Republicans would eventually vote with the Democrats.
Mitch McConnell to Charlie Crist: Don’t Count on Me
Perhaps you’ve heard the buzz that Florida Governor Charlie Crist may run as an independent in the Florida Senate race if he is defeated in the Republican primary. On CNN's State of the Union, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made it clear that if Crist does, he will do so without any Republican support. “It looks like Marco Rubio is running a very effective campaign and seems to have the lead. I'm going to be there behind the Republican nominee, whoever that is,” McConnell said.