Rudy Giuliani: Romney Only Has ‘Decent’ Economic Record
It’s tough trying to support a former opponent, and Rudy Giuliani is still having a hard time. On State of the Union, the former New York mayor—and Romney’s foe in the 2008 election—insisted that his record on creating jobs and reducing unemployment is “far superior” to presumptive GOP candidate Mitt Romney’s. “That’s all part of campaigning,” Giuliani said. Except that his campaign ended four years ago.
Leon Panetta: Romney’s Wrong on Afghanistan
Even the Secretary of Defense responds to campaign jabs. On This Week, Panetta set the record straight on Afghanistan after Mitt Romney criticized the administration’s plan to withdraw troops by 2014. When host Jake Tapper played the presidential hopeful’s comments, Panetta responded: “Without getting into the campaign rhetoric…You’ve got fifty nations in NATO that agree to a plan in Afghanistan…and it’s a plan that is working,” he said.
John McCain: Obama’s Foreign Policy Is ‘Feckless’
Them’s fightin’ words. On Fox News Sunday the Arizona senator didn’t mince words when criticizing the Obama administration’s action—or lack thereof—in Syria. Speaking about the president’s inaction against Bashar al-Assad, McCain went for the jugular, “This is a shameful episode in American history...This administration has a feckless foreign policy, which abandons American leadership.” He finished with one more blow: “The only conclusion you can draw is that this president wants to kick the can down the road.”
Robert Gibbs: Mitt Romney Is No ‘Economic Savior’!
It’s still the economy, stupid. On Face the Nation, Obama’s former press secretary said Romney may make money for investors, but isn’t going to create jobs for Americans. “This is a criticism and a good criticism, quite honestly, of Mitt Romney’s only thesis for being president of the United States, that he’s some kind of economic savior,” Gibbs said. Romney adviser Ed Gillespie, also on the show, had some jabs of his own: “The president’s hostile rhetoric to private investment and job creators is highlighting the fact that his policies are hostile to private investment and job creators,” he said.
An Awkward Moment with Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Someone’s going to get in trouble at State of the Union. When host Candy Crowley asked Debbie Wasserman Schultz whether the congresswoman planned to file her papers for re-election, she was surprised to find out that Wasserman Schultz already had—a while ago. Cue the awkward laughter.
Newt Gingrich: Being Chosen as Veep Is ‘Implausible’
“Brutal” and “tough” are just two words Newt Gingrich used to describe the race to the White House—and now he can add another to describe his potential as a V.P. pick: “implausible.” On Meet the Press, the speaker said he had no regrets about his campaign and doesn’t seen himself sharing the ticket with presumptive nominee Mitt Romney. “I have no regrets. It was a wonderful, amazing experience,” he said. We only wish he had those sentiments during the campaign.
Cory Booker’s Bain Ad Takedown
Did the Newark mayor take out the entire Obama campaign in one Meet the Press appearance? On Reliable Sources, the panelists discussed how the media went after Booker when he went off message and criticized the Obama camp for going after Mitt Romney’s Bain record. “Do we take their heads off, or do we just relish in it?” asked The Washington Post’s Anne Kornblut. “I think what we all reveled in was the fact that there was dissent within the ranks,” she added.