Today’s Sunday shows were heavy with Congressional leaders, as top Republicans attacked President Obama on the debt ceiling; House Speaker John Boehner likened Congress to “frogs in a wheelbarrow”; and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told President Obama to “become the adult.”
Republicans Attack Obama on Debt Ceiling
It’s only May, but it already feels like August in Washington—August of 2011, that is, when Congress and the White House were locked in a battle over raising the debt ceiling.
Boehner Likens Congress to ‘Frogs in a Wheelbarrow’
Questioned about his leadership on Sunday, House Speaker John Boehner said Congress can be a tough place these days, and then he reached for a metaphor. “It is hard to keep 218 frogs in a wheelbarrow long enough to get a bill passed,” he said.
McConnell to Obama: ‘Become the Adult’
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to talk about the debt and deficit, but he’s not going to push any deadlines on the Obama administration, instead urging the president to “become the adult.
Barney Frank Won’t Invite Obama to His Wedding
Rep. Barney Frank will marry his partner in July, but there's one person he's not including on the guest list: President Obama.
Cory Booker: Attacks on Private Equity ‘Nauseating’
Tagging Mitt Romney as a greedy corporate raider has become a favorite Obama campaign attack, but one Obama surrogate isn't happy. “I'm not about to sit here and indict private equity,” said Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
Pelosi Says 75 GOP Seats in Play
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that as many as 75 Republican seats may be in play, as leaders from both parties expressed confidence on Sunday about this year’s elections.
Iran’s Economic Minister Says Sanctions a Two-Edged Sword
Iran’s economic minister said on Sunday that, despite increasing sanctions, Iran will not give up its nuclear program and warned that the upcoming EU embargo on Iranian oil will have an adverse effect globally. He said oil could reach $160 a barrel this summer.
Frank: 2010 GOP Takeover ‘A Great Disaster’
Sharp-tongued retiring Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., had characteristically caustic words for his soon-to-be-former place of employment on Sunday, saying that Congress is “much worse” than when he was first elected 21 years ago. He placed the blame largely on Republicans.
Axelrod: Mormonism Off the Table
Mitt Romney's Mormonism will be off-limits as a subject for the opposition, Obama advisor David Axelrod said on Sunday. "We've said that's not fair game," he said.
Ryan: Obama Will Bring ‘European-Like Austerity’
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said that if President Obama is reelected in November, Europe’s current economic crisis will be America’s future.
NATO Secretary General ‘Optimistic’ on Funding
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Sunday that he is "optimistic" about the international commitment to fund the Afghan forces that will take over security after the U.S. leaves the country in 2014.
Campaigns Clash Over Economy, Jobs
Surrogates for the Obama and Romney campaigns traded barbs over fundamental differences in economic policy and job creation on Sunday.
Pelosi: Bring Middle Income Tax Credits to the Floor
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., challenged Republicans to bring middle-income tax credits up for an immediate vote.