Frank Not Surprised By Obama’s Endorsement
Barney Frank can see the future. On This Week, Frank admitted that he expected President Obama to come out in support of same-sex marriage based on his track record of supporting gay rights. The openly gay congressman, who plans to wed his partner in July, also shot down speculation that Obama’s stance would cost him voters. “If you were going to cast your vote based on a candidate's position regarding same- sex marriage, you were already going to vote for Obama or Romney based on that,” Frank said.
CEO of JP Morgan Chase: ‘We Were Sloppy’
Oh how the mighty have fallen. Jamie Dimon gained respect for his successful management of JPMorgan Chase during the 2008 financial crisis. Nevertheless, after news broke of a trading error resulting in a $2 billion loss, Dimon’s reputation has also taken a blow. On Meet the Press, the bank's CEO admitted his company's “egregious” mistake and expressed his desire to clear up any wrongdoing. “We know we were sloppy, we know we were stupid, we know there was bad judgment,” Dimon said. “We intend to fix it, learn from it, and be a better company when it’s done.”
Priebus Defines Equality
Is same-sex marriage a civil-rights issue? According to Reince Priebus, the answer is no. The Republican National Committee chairman expressed the party's desire to protect gay Americans from discrimination, however, he was quick to clarify that marriage is in a category of its own. “I think they deserve equal rights in regards to say discrimination in the workplace,” Priebus told Meet the Press. “But if you’re defining marriage as a civil right, then no. I don’t believe that people who are same sex should be able to be married under our laws.”
Dick Durbin on Gay Marriage
After President Obama’s historic endorsement of same-sex marriage, many wonder if his stance will affect future legislation regarding gay rights. While it’s too early to tell, Dick Durbin believes that a change must be made. On State of the Union, the Illinois senator compared the fight over gay marriage to Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 decision that found prohibiting interracial marriage unconstitutional. “I think it comes down to the same basic principle,” Durbin said. “Whether we’re going to have marriage equality in this country.”
Could Thune be Romney’s Veep?
Rumor has it that John Thune could be a potential running mate for Mitt Romney. On Fox News Sunday, the South Dakota senator dodged the speculation by throwing his support behind Mitt Romney and expressing his desire to “work with a president who is serious about solving this country's problems.” When pressed again if he would accept a VP offer from Gov. Romney, Thune replied, “You never rule out opportunities or options when you’re involved in public life and you say you want to make a difference.”
Republicans Support Gay Marriage Too!
Ted Olson is out to prove once and for all that same-sex marriage is about rights, not politics. The former solicitor general for George W. Bush and longtime Republican strongly expressed his belief that gay Americans deserve to be treated with “equality” and “dignity.” “People have been waiting for years for the opportunity for their relationships to be treated equally so they can form a loving household,” Olson told Face the Nation. “It’s an American value and we should all recognize that.”
Obama’s Media Preferences
Why did President Obama choose ABC News to make his gay marriage endorsement? On Reliable Sources, Washington Post reporter Nia Malika-Henderson gave her analysis of why Obama picked Robin Roberts for the exclusive interview. “There was symbolism in there,” Henderson said. “I do think it was significant that she was African-American.”