Meet the Press
On Sunday morning, Dan Pfeiffer, a top adviser to President Obama, fanned out across five Sunday shows, in an effort to move the administration past the controversies that are currently distracting from the administration's second-term agenda.
On Sunday morning, Republicans insisted their fixation on the attacks in Benghazi, Libya last fall has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton and 2016.(1)
Kirsten Gillibrand generally leaves the Sunday morning duties to Chuck Schumer.
But this weekend, Gillibrand and Schumer earch appeared on a Sunday show, to make complementary cases for the gun control bills that the Senate is expected to take up this month.
I think the odds of her running are about a 100 percent to zero," said former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson. "I think she will. She’s a formidable candidate."(1)
On Sunday morning, Colin Powell defended Chuck Hagel's nomination as defense secretary, and excoriated the current state of the Republican Party.
"There’s also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the Party," Powell said on "Meet the Press."
"What I do mean by that? I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities."
Sen. Chuck Schumer was more than happy to have Wayne LaPierre, the combative head of the National Rifle Association, precede him on "Meet the Press" on Sunday morning.
"I think he's so extreme and so tone deaf that he actually helps the cause of us passing sensible gun legislation in the Congress," said Schumer, a longtime foil for the NRA who has pressed for some new reforms in the week since the tragic school shooting in Connecticut.(2)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning called on President Barack Obama to "stand up and lead" in the fight to enact stricter gun controls.
"He's the commander in chief as well as the consoler in chief," said Bloomberg during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press."
On Sunday morning, after Republicans and Democrats argued about who would be to blame if they fail to reach an agreement on the fiscal cliff, they found something to agree on: the indomatibility of Hillary Clinton.
The White House and John Boehner dug in on Sunday morning, assuring their respective bases that they'll stand strong in the negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff.
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner appeared on all five Sunday shows, and insisted that President Obama's existing budget proposal was a serious first offer in the negotiations, despite the fact it contains almost nothing House Republicans have demanded as part of any potential deal, and that it's Republicans who hold the keys to the deal.
On Sunday morning, after a slow holiday news week, the Sunday shows, like so many families, gave in to conversations about the movie of the moment, Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln."
In the movie, Abraham Lincoln cajoles Congress to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, and all the guests seemed to have an idea about what Obama could learn from "Lincoln," and from other past presidents.
The suggestions included: hosting a regular cocktail hour at the White House, locking legislators in the White House, taking a cross-country train trip, playing more golf with congressional leaders, stating his case more plainly to the public, and generally being more schmoozy with Congress and also more connected to the public.
Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham, who announced they would be working together on immigration reform, were among a number of senators from both parties who fanned out across the Sunday shows to argue whether Democrats had won a mandate on Tuesday night, when President Obama trounced MItt Romney by more than 100 electoral votes, and Democrats gained two seats in the Senate, despite having to defend some Republican-leaning territory.
Democrats claimed there was an obvious mandate for raising taxes on the highest-earners, and got some support from conservative columnist Bill Kristol on "Fox News Sunday."
On Sunday morning, David Gregory tried to coax two governors, acting as surrogates for the respective presidential campaigns, to touch the most conspicuous third rail of the 2012 campaign.
"It has struck me that there is not a more robust debate in this campaign about gun violence in America and what to do about that," he said to Govs. John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Scott Walker of Wisconsin.
With less than three weeks left until an election about the nation's struggling economy, the Sunday shows this weekend were mostly focused abroad.
On the eve of the third and final presidential debate, about foreign policy, Democrats continued batting back Republican claims that the Obama administration tailored its response to the death of four Americans in Benghazi to fit a campaign narrative that Al Qaeda had been effectively extinguished.
On Sunday morning, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a football analogy to communicate the threat from Iran.
"They're in the red zone," he told David Gregory on "Meet the Press."
"You know, they're in the last 20 yards. And you can't let them cross that goal line. You can't let them score a touchdown, because that would have unbelievable consequences, grievous consequences, for the peace and security of us all--of the world, really.
The big pitfall in picking Paul Ryan was supposed to be his controversial plan to overhaul Medicare. But on Sunday morning, Mitt Romney had a different problem with his running mate, who voted for the automatic defense cuts included in last year's debt ceiling deal that Romney now calls an "extraordinary miscalculation" on the part of House Republicans.
"That's a big mistake," said Romney, who was making his first appearance this cycle on "Meet the Press" with a two-part interview on his campaign bus, followed by an open-air, rooftop sit-down near his campaign headquarters. "I thought it was a mistake on the part of the White House to propose it. I think it was a mistake for Republicans to go along with it."(1)