On today’s Sunday shows: Vice President Joe Biden discusses gay marriage, leading to questions for the administration; Congressional intelligence leaders say the Taliban is getting stronger; a former Obama advisor says the president faces “the fight of his life” in this year’s election; and the AFL-CIO says it will move away from blanket spending on Democrats to focus on “friends.”
Biden’s Position on Gay Marriage Raises Questions
Vice President Joe Biden may have stopped short on Sunday of pledging that the administration will embrace same-sex marriage, but his personal support for gay rights underlines the fact that the White House has stuck to a politically safer middle ground on the issue, as National Journal’s Kelsey Snell writes.
Congressional Intelligence Leaders Say Taliban is Stronger
Despite years of war and concerted efforts to bring down the Taliban, congressional intelligence leaders agree that the organization is stronger now. “President Karzai believes that the Taliban will not come back. I am not so sure,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Trumka: AFL-CIO Will Spend on ‘Friends’ (Including Obama)
After several years of deep disappointments, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said America’s largest labor organization is shifting away from blanket campaign spending on Democrats to target “friends,” including President Obama. “We’re going to put together a permanent campaign structure,” Trumka said
Goolsbee: Obama Faces ‘The Fight of His Life’
The Obama campaign may have just kicked off officially on Saturday but former advisor Austan Goolsbee said on Sunday that slow job growth and stiff competition from Republican super PAC dollars mean the president is in for “the fight of his life.”
Caro: Obama Has ‘Made Great Strides’
Robert Caro, the Pulitzer-prize winning author of an acclaimed multi-volume biography of Lyndon B. Johnson, had compliments for Obama on Sunday.
Carter Advisor Gives Obama High Marks on Foreign Policy
Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Adviser to President Jimmy Carter, graded Obama’s foreign policy performance “somewhere between B-plus and A-minus,” lauding his achievements with Chinese and Russian relations but criticizing his failure to move forward on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Gingrich Says Romney ‘Earned’ the Nomination
Though he endorsed Mitt Romney and will be campaigning with him, Newt Gingrich tried to quell concerns that he isn't supportive enough of his former opponent on Sunday. “You have to have some respect for a guy who spent six years of his life, put together a serious national campaign, made the case,” he said
Rubio Contrasts Republican Party, Obama
Though he refuses to talk about the possibility of a vice presidential run, Sen. Marco Rubio made a fine surrogate for Mitt Romney on Sunday, repeatedly slamming Obama as “divisive” while working to portray the Republican Party as compassionate.
Schumer Confident in Minority Support for Obama
Despite rising concerns that new state voter ID laws could dampen turnout among minority voters, a key constituency for President Obama, Sen. Charles Schumer said he is not worried about Obama’s support among minority voters.
Biden Attacks Romney on Jobs, Foreign Policy
Biden kicked off the Obama administration’s 2012 general election campaign on Sunday by attacking Mitt Romney’s record on job creation and his positions on social and foreign policy.
Vice President Touts Economic Recovery, Blames Republicans
Biden said on Sunday that the economic recovery is still making progress but Republicans have been standing in the way.
Biden Answers Allegation in bin Laden Documents
When Biden was asked on Sunday to address documents found in Osama bin Laden’s compound that said he was “totally unprepared” to take over as president, he took the high road. “Osama bin Laden was wrong about a lot of things,” Biden said. “Hopefully he was wrong about that.”
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