On this week's Sunday shows: Democrats mount a coordinated attack on Mitt Romney, targeting his personal finances; Sen. John McCain calls the U.S. response to Syria “shameful and disgraceful”; and Sen. Dick Durbin calls Romney “the Obamacare daddy.” Read more below, and on National Journal’s Sunday School page.
Democrats Renew Attacks on Romney’s Money
The Obama campaign and its Democratic allies renewed their accusations that Mitt Romney hid portions of his vast wealth in complicated overseas tax shelters, sharpening a line of attack that polls suggest is finding traction.
McCain: U.S. Performance on Syria is ‘Shameful and Disgraceful’
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in Japan on Sunday that “the days are numbered” for Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, comments that sparked a sharp response from Sen. John McCain. “The United States performance so far has been shameful and disgraceful,” he said.
Durbin: Romney is Obamacare’s Daddy
At least one Senator on Sunday made it clear that health care reform will still be used as a cudgel to beat Mitt Romney. As Sen. Dick Durbin put it, "Mitt Romney is the Obamacare daddy."
RNC Chair: ‘This President Can’t Fulfill a Promise’
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus attacked President Obama on Sunday, citing issues from negative campaigning to last week’s tepid jobs report.
Jindal, O’Malley Bicker Over Relevance of Romney’s Wealth
Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley and Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, both potential 2016 presidential candidates, used a joint television appearance to squabble over whether Mitt Romney's personal wealth was a distraction from the real issues in the 2012 campaign.
Democrats, Republicans Square Off Over Taxes
Leading Democrats and Republicans continued to square off over taxes, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell calling on the White House to extend all of the Bush era tax cuts and Obama campaign advisor Robert Gibbs reiterating that the president would veto any bill that didn't raise rates on the rich.
DNC Chair Defends Obama in the Wake of Jobs Report
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, took on the tough job of answering for this week’s lukewarm jobs report, trying to defend the Obama administration and turn attention to Mitt Romney.
McConnell Tries Out ‘Mandate Tax’ and ‘Penalty Tax’
Republicans have tied themselves up in rhetorical knots over whether the individual mandate at the heart of President Obama's health care law is a tax, a penalty or a fee. On Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called it a "mandate tax" and a "penalty tax"—language we may hear again.
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Meet the Press Preempted
NBC’s Meet the Press did not air today due to coverage of the Tour de France.
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