- Wasserman Schultz: Obama Speech Well-Received by CBC
- Reince Priebus: 'Happy With the Field'
- Plouffe: Country 'Tired' of Tea Party's Demands
- Lindsey Graham Puts Pakistan 'On Notice'
- Netanyahu: Palestinians Must Drop Preconditions
- Plouffe Pushes Back Against Zandi, Carville
- Warner, Alexander Blame Opposing Parties for CR Showdown
- Plouffe Doesn't Expect White House Staff Changes
1:51. Wasserman Schultz: Obama Speech Well-Received by CBC
The morning after President Obama made news with a fiery speech to the Congressional Black Caucus admonishing listeners to “stop complaining” and take action, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on Sunday that the combative message did not offend the CBC crowd, but inspired them.
“I was at the dinner last night,” the Florida congresswoman said on CBS’s Face the Nation. “I heard the speech and was in the midst of the crowd. They gave the president thunderous applause. The crowds at the Congressional Black Caucus annual gala understand the president has brought us from the brink of disaster, where Republicans, under George W. Bush, had brought us to the precipice of economic disaster, to now a point where we have the beginning of a turnaround.”
-- Deron Lee
1:45. Reince Priebus: ‘Happy With the Field’
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was asked Sunday on CBS’s Face the Nation about murmurs of discontent with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the rest of the GOP primary candidates.
“You know, listen. I’ve said before I’m happy with the field. I think it’s a great field,” Priebus said.
Asked about rumors that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie might make a late jump into the race, Priebus was open to the possibility.
“...[I]s there time through nomination processes? Technically, to still get in? Sure there is,” he said. “I mean, it gets harder and harder as you get closer to Iowa. But listen, the fact of the matter is that we’re having the debate on our side of the aisle. The horsepower, the excitement is on the Republican side of the aisle, and the reason why is because people in this country want to save this country economically and this president isn’t doing the trick.”
-- Deron Lee
1:31. Plouffe: Country 'Tired' of Tea Party's Demands
Senior Obama adviser David Plouffe said on Fox News Sunday that members of the tea party were largely to blame for blocking passage of a continuing resolution to keep the government operating, comparing the situation to recent brinkmanship over the debt ceiling.
“...[T]he Republican leadership is putting their demands ahead of 300 million Americans, and that has to stop,” he said. “Because we’re not going to make progress on our deficit, on things we can do right now for jobs and tax cuts, unless those 30 or 40 tea party members of the Republican House stop being the focal point of our discussions.”
“I think the country is tired of it,” he said, adding that the only way for the country to move forward is to do so “in a bipartisan way.”
-- David Kent
12:30. Lindsey Graham Puts Pakistan 'On Notice'
In an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., accused Pakistan of maintaining a double standard by helping U.S. forces locate al-Qaida targets while at the same time supporting the Haqqani network in Afghanistan and providing “aid and comfort” to the Taliban.
“We need to put Pakistan on notice,” he said, adding that when it comes to Pakistan’s loyalties, “I hope they choose wisely.” He said the U.S. must put “all options on the table” if Pakistan does not cooperate fully against terrorist groups, though he would not say whether the U.S. should use military force against Pakistan if necessary.
Graham also said he supported the Obama administration’s veto of Palestinians’ bid for statehood with the U.N. Security Council, which he called “a giant step backward for the two-state solution.” He said the Palestinians’ next step of turning to the General Assembly was a “provocative” move whose likely passage would be used as a “political tool” against Israelis that will, in turn, have reverberations in the U.S.
On the economy, Graham said he did not expect a government shutdown but said Obama was taking a partisan approach rather than seeking compromise. He also raised concerns over mandatory cuts to the Pentagon if the deficit-reduction committee fails to reach a solution, suggesting instead a 5 percent across-the-board cut to government.
-- David Kent
11:07. Netanyahu: Palestinians Must Drop Preconditions
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his position Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press that he is committed to peace talks only if Palestinians set aside all preconditions.
“In the U.N. I said to President Abbas, ‘Look, we're in the same city. We're in the same building, for God sake -- the U.N. Let's just sit down and begin to talk peace. Why are we talking about talking? Why renegotiating about negotiating?' It's very simple. If you want to get to peace, put all your preconditions on the side,” he said.
Netanyahu’s comments come after Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said in Ramallah following his bid for statehood at the United Nations that Palestinians would not hold peace talks without a "complete halt" to Israeli settlement-building.
On Sunday, Netanyahu offered tough rhetoric of his own: “I'm responsible for the fate of the one and only Jewish state. And I'm not going to head recklessly to feed more territory to the insatiable crocodile of militant Islam,” he said.
-- Susan Davis
10:32. Plouffe Pushes Back Against Zandi, Carville
White House senior adviser David Plouffe pushed back against two recent White House critics during an appearance Sunday on ABC’s This Week.
Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics, recently downplayed the potential effects of President Obama’s jobs bill, predicting that by 2015 the economy would be in the same place it is now.
"Well, first of all, so what are we supposed to do? Nothing?" Plouffe countered of Zandi's assessment. "So the economy will be worse over the next year or two? That makes no sense at all. This is part of a longer-term economic strategy."
The Senate is expected to vote on the jobs bill in October, but it is unlikely to meet a 60-vote hurdle. House Republican leadership has said they will vote on parts of the bill, but not the entire legislation.
Plouffe was also asked about recent comments by Democratic strategist James Carville that it was time for the White House to “panic.” Plouffe suggested that it was the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue that needs to worry.
“What Congress ought to do is act in a little bit more 'panic' fashion, because people need action right now on the economy. And that's what our focus is on.”
-- Susan Davis
9:58. Warner, Alexander Blame Opposing Parties for CR Showdown
Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., agree that the ongoing fight over a continuing resolution is making Congress look bad, but both senators argued that the blame lies with the opposing party.
“Yes. It is embarrassing. Can we once again inflict on the country and the American people the spectacle of a near government shutdown? I sure as heck hope not,” Warner said on CNN’s State of the Union.
The Virginia Democrat contended that the shutdown fight is driven by a faction of House Republicans motivated by the tea party movement. “There is a group, and I do believe it is mostly centered in the House… who say on every issue we’re going to make this a make-or-break,” he said.
Alexander, who said last week he was stepping down as Senate Republican Conference chairman, similarly criticized the “chest pounding and game playing” going on with the CR, but he criticized Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., for punting action on the bill into next week.
“I’ll give the Senate Democratic leader most of the credit: He manufactured a crisis all week when there was no crisis,” Alexander said. “The House sent over a bill that does [fund disaster relief], and the Senate should have approved it.”
-- Susan Davis
9:48. Plouffe Doesn't Expect White House Staff Changes
White House senior adviser David Plouffe said on Sunday not to expect any major staff shake-ups at the White House before the 2012 elections.
“I think the president is very confident in his team, in the direction we’ve laid out here,” Plouffe said on CNN’s State of the Union when asked directly about the possibility of staff changes. “So, no, I think he’s got a good plan and good team to execute that.”
Pressed further, Plouffe reiterated that the current White House team was sticking it out. “I don’t expect [staff changes], no,” he said.
-- Susan Davis