Pawlenty Backs Ryan’s Plan
If Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan came across former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s desk as president, he would sign it. On This Week, Pawlenty told Christiane Amanpour that unlike Obama, who’s “ducking” and “pointing fingers,” the GOP presidential candidate would step forward and lead America. With only 50 percent of Republicans knowing who he is, we don’t think this is really a cause for Democratic concern right now.
McCain: Yes Palin Can
As speculation about whether Sarah Palin is going to run for president heats up, John McCain weighed in on Fox News Sunday. The senator said that while Palin, a “major factor” in 2012 discussions, inspires great passion in the GOP faithful, she’s in for some major criticism if she runs. “I’ve never seen anyone as mercilessly and relentlessly attacked,” he said.
Gov. Daniels Could Have Been a Contender
Does making fun of a large bandage on a forehead count as a political cheap shot? On This Week, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who had a door slam into him at the gym the day before he announced he wouldn’t be running for president, told Christiane Amanpour why he loves his family more than his country. But could the Republican have beaten President Obama? Well, he thinks so.
Sullivan: Palin Can Win
There’s absolutely no way Sarah Palin can defeat Obama in a presidential race, right? Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan begs to differ. On The Chris Matthews Show, the founder of The Dish pointed to certain unforeseen events—no, not the Armageddon—that could lead to an upset win for the Mama Grizzly.
McConnell and Gregory Spar on Medicare
If Medicare isn’t the third rail of U.S. politics, it sure is the third rail of U.S. political talk shows. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) got in a heated argument with Meet the Press' David Gregory over whether McConnell supports Paul Ryan’s plan. Watch as the politician and host clash, until McConnell puts an end to the debate.
Is Joplin’s Fatality Count Too High?
As dozens remain missing in Joplin, Missouri, and the city looks to rebuild after a devastating tornado one week ago, some expressed concern about the high number of fatalities. State of the Union’s Candy Crowley asked Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to explain this. “The power and destruction here was unimaginable,” he said.
Cantor on Joplin Relief: Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is here to remind you that despite tragedy in Joplin, Missouri, the government does not have an unlimited bank account. On Face the Nation, Cantor reiterated his stance that emergency funding should be offset by cuts to the budget deficit. “Congress will find the money,” he said.