Boehner Sidesteps Earmarks Query
Despite Chris Wallace’s urging for an actual answer on Fox News Sunday, House Minority Leader John Boehner declined to say whether he would push for a ban on earmarks as part of the Pledge to America plan, instead repeatedly stressing that “it will not be business as usual” in D.C. if Republicans win the majority.
McConnell Sidesteps O’Donnell Query
And yet more question dodging, this time on This Week, where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell avoided Christiane Amanpour’s queries into Christine O’Donnell’s qualifications to become a senator, instead simply saying, "I think she's got a good chance of winning."
Marco Rubio: Debt, What Debt?
On Face the Nation, Florida GOP Senate candidate Marco Rubio responded to criticism alleging that, in the past, he’s charged personal expenses to his Republican Party credit card. Rubio responded by saying that the only debt he’s acquired has been his mortgage and student loans.
Queen Rania: Mideast Strife Exacerbates Religious Extremism
Jordan’s Queen Rania appeared on This Week, where she told Christiane Amanpour that, regardless of whether Israel and Palestine were at odds, “Religious extremism would have existed anyway, but extremists have done a damned good job of using this cause to amplify their message.”
Dick Cavett: When Was America Sane?
Reliable Sources brought on Dick Cavett to talk about whether Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are hurting or helping the American political discourse. Cavett generally defended the comedians-cum-pundits, but did have one quibble with Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity: “It’s hard for me to recall when we had sanity, in order to restore it.” Zing!
Axelrod: I’m a Spin Doctor? Thanks!
On This Week, Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod responded to a statement by Gen. David Petraeus calling him a “spin doctor,” saying, “Well, look, I've seen Gen. Petraeus in interviews with you and others and I've always been impressed by how deft he is on TV, so I assume he meant that as a compliment.”
Pence Defends Pledge to America
Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence of Indiana went on Meet the Press to talk about the GOP’s Pledge to America, saying, “It will reduce discretionary spending back to 2008 levels.” Hmm.