Maloney turns the Secret Service affair into a women's issue; King turns it into a joke about Newt Gingrich
8:25 am Apr. 23, 2012
With the Secret Service scandal in Colombia consuming much of the conversation on Sunday morning, Representative Peter King said he continues to have "full confidence" in Secret Service director Mark Sullivan.
On "Meet the Press," King, a Long Island Republican, said he even supports Sullivan's decision to protect Newt Gingrich, who has been King's foe dating back to the former speaker's tenure in the mid-1990s.
"Newt Gingrich is still a candidate," he said. "He was never my candidate, but the fact is the director has to make that decision."
King said there was "certainly no political pressure on [Sullivan] to do it," in a jab at the former speaker's lack of support among the electorate or elected officials.
"He would not be making the decision unless there was reason out there to do it," King said. "And so long as Speaker Gingrich is still a candidate, and Director Sullivan believes there are sufficient threats, then he has to make those decisions. Those are really professional decisions."
Representative Carolyn Maloney, meanwhile, was on ABC's "This Week," where she reprised her question about a House hearing on contraception, which has raised her profile in recent weeks.
"And I can't help but keep asking this question, where are the women?" Maloney said, in response to a figure that women make up only 11 percent of the Secret Service. "We probably need to diversify the Secret Service and have more minorities and more women."
Maloney, a Democrat, said the president's decision to stick with Sullivan showed "true leadership," and then rattled off several of his other successes. She also praised her fellow guest, Maine Senator Susan Collins, for being one of the few Republicans to vote for the Buffett Rule.
The president's top adviser, David Axelrod, was making the rounds separately on behalf of the president, saying that Congress had been on a "reign of terror" in blocking the president's proposals, but that Republicans would be more willing to work with the president after the election.
"I believe when this president wins in November, there are a lot of good Republicans who know better and have been in thrall of this reign of terror on Capitol Hill, who are going to turn to those strident voices and say, 'We did it your way. We opposed everything he did, even when we thought it was right, and it didn't work for us. And now we're going to work with this president. We won't always agree with him but where we do, we want to find common ground,'" Axelrod said.
(Host David Gregory tried to get Axelrod to react to an Onion headline—"Obama launches more realistic, 'I have big ideas but we'll see how it goes' campaign slogan"—but Axelrod didn't bite.)
Meanwhile Mitt Romney's top adviser, Eric Fehnstrom, was on "Face the Nation" for a surprisingly soft interview with Bob Schieffer, which mostly stuck to the presumptive nominee's talking points on jobs and the economy.
At the end, Schieffer tried to angle for a future appearance by Romney, who has carefully avoided the press of late, and has neglected all the Sunday shows except Fox News. Fehrnstrom ignored the suggestion at first, thanking Schieffer for having him.
"Thank you," Schieffer said. "And what about Governor Romney?"
"We're in constant discussions with your staff and I'm sure that we'll find an opportunity in the near future to bring him on the show," Fehnrstrom said.