On today’s Sunday shows, investigations into the Secret Service and General Services Administration scandals dominated the talk. In addition, the campaigns traded barbs on the economy; Obama advisor David Axelrod accused Republicans of perpetrating a “reign of terror” on Capitol Hill; and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio touted Jeb Bush as Mitt Romney’s running mate.
The Great 2012 Debate: Who Broke the Economy?
Mitt Romney’s core attack on President Obama is that he’s made a bad economic situation worse. Obama’s main response is that Romney wants to go back to the policies that made the economy bad in the first place. In other words, as National Journal’s Jim Tankersley writes, we’ll get to Morning in America, just as soon as we’re done sorting out whom to blame for nightfall.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels Offers Romney Advice on Rhetoric
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who endorsed Romney last Wednesday and was quoted as critical of Romney's rhetoric days later, expanded on those remarks on Sunday, explaining that Romney's principles are right—he just needs to express them better.
Axelrod: Republican Perpetrate ‘Reign of Terror’ on Capitol Hill
Republicans have engaged in a “reign of terror” on Capitol Hill, forcing their members into lockstep opposition to Obama – even Republicans who “know better” – Obama senior political adviser David Axelrod said on Sunday.
Rubio Touts Jeb Bush for Veep
Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio, continuing to play down talk of his possible selection as Romney's running mate, on Sunday tried to shift the speculation to another Sunshine State Republican: former Gov. Jeb Bush.
Lieberman: White House Should Investigate its Own Staff on Colombia Trip
In the midst of an investigation into alleged misconduct by Secret Service agents and U.S. military members in Colombia, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said the White House should launch its own internal investigation into its advance staff on that same trip.
Lieberman Says Obama Should be Held Accountable for GSA Spending
The chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Sunday called for an investigation into the General Services Administration’s operations in all 10 regions and said that while President Obama isn’t responsible for the GSA’s wasteful spending, he should be held accountable.
Lawmakers: Secret Service Director Should Keep His Job
A pair of Republicans who head congressional oversight committees said on Sunday that Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan should keep his job, praising his handling of the Colombian prostitution scandal that has rattled the agency.
Lawmakers Say There's Danger in Harming the Secret Service's Reputation
Top lawmakers on congressional committees tasked with government oversight agree that while the Obama administration is handling the Secret Service scandal well, one of the greatest dangers remains the potential harm to the agency's reputation.
Former Secret Service Director Calls Colombia Incident an ‘Aberration’
Former Secret Service Director Ralph Basham dismissed concerns that the alleged misconduct by Secret Service agents in Colombia is indicative of a wider cultural issue in the agency, calling the incident an “aberration.”
Female Lawmakers Call for More Women in the Secret Service
With the investigation into the Secret Service incident is underway, it’s unclear what could’ve been done to prevent it. But two female lawmakers from both sides of the aisle agree: perhaps more women in the agency would help.
Collins: Obama Responsible for GSA Waste
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, weighed in on Sunday on the two scandals that have rocked the White House recently, absolving Obama of responsibility for the Secret Service misconduct but not for the overspending of the General Services Administration.
Rubio on Romney’s Veep Selection: ‘Let His Process Play Itself Out’
Rubio, whose name has long been mentioned as a potential GOP vice presidential choice, said on Sunday that Mitt Romney has a selection process in place and that republicans should “let his process play itself out.”
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