On today’s Sunday shows, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor endorses Mitt Romney on air; Ron Paul said he opposes federal financial aid for tornado victims; Newt Gingrich says high gas prices could “crater the economy”; and the debate over Rush Limbaugh’s controversial comments continues.
Cantor Endorses Romney
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor endorsed Mitt Romney for president on Sunday because, he said, Romney is the best candidate to improve the economy. "Mitt Romney is the only candidate who has a pro-growth, pro-jobs plan for the future," Cantor said on NBC's Meet the Press.
Cantor Needs Romney to Seal the Deal
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's decision to endorse Mitt Romney is a certified big deal. The Virginia Republican is no highborn member of the Washington establishment; he’s the GOP House leader with the closest ties to the Tea Party movement and the huge group of representatives it elected in 2010. This was no snow-maned party elder backing Romney on national television—it was a conservative young gun.
Paul: No Federal Financial Aid for Tornado Victims
Rep. Ron Paul stood by his libertarian beliefs on Sunday, saying that victims of the violent storms and tornadoes that have battered states in the South and Midwest should not be given emergency financial aid from the federal government. "There is no such thing as federal money," Paul said, on CNN’s State of the Union. "Federal money is just what they steal from the states and steal from you and me."
Gingrich: High Gas Prices Could ‘Crater the Economy by August’
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich doubled down on his promise to reduce gasoline prices to $2.50 a gallon. In a Sunday appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, Gingrich said, "the price of gasoline is becoming a genuine crisis for many American families. If it continues to go higher, it will crater the economy by August."
Cantor: Obama is ‘Hostile to Fossil Fuels’
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor attacked President Obama on Sunday as "hostile to fossil fuels," arguing that his policies were what's causing pain at the gas pump for many Americans. "He's hostile to fossil fuels, he’s hostile to coal, he's hostile to oil, he's hostile, frankly, to gas," Cantor said on NBC's Meet the Press.
Santorum Backs Down After Criticizing Obama on Education
Rick Santorum, who spent days attacking President Obama’s higher education policies and called him a “snob, ” said on Sunday he may have mischaracterized the president’s position and that, with a new understanding of Obama’s statements, he agrees with him.
Limbaugh Comments Debated on TV
Rush Limbaugh has apologized for calling the Georgetown University law student who testified in Congress that health insurance coverage should include the cost of contraceptives a "slut" and a "prostitute." But the debate over the issue continued on the Sunday morning talk shows.
Senators Caution Obama on Iran
Senators Lindsey Graham and Richard Blumenthal, both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee who recently returned from a Senate trip to the Middle East, said President Obama needs to do more to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons capabilities.
McKeon Warns Against Steep Military Cuts
Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Buck McKeon warned that steep cuts to military funding are ill advised because of the potential for future conflicts that cannot be foreseen. "After every war, we've brought down our military so we're not ready for the next time we're attacked,” he said in an interview aired on C-SPAN’s Newsmakers on Sunday. “It's kind of our DNA. I have a real problem with that."