On today’s Sunday shows, Former President Bill Clinton games out the lame-duck session of Congress; the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says a U.S. TV ad in Pakistan was a “horrible idea”; Author Salman Rushdie says Muslim outrage over a video shows an “insecurity of culture”; and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker advises Mitt Romney to show more “fire in the belly.”
Bill Clinton Games Out Lame Duck Session
Former President Bill Clinton predicted that an Obama victory in November would be an “action-forcing” event that would prompt both parties to sit down and hash out their differences on the budget, the debt and taxes—and that would be good news for Republican House Speaker John Boehner.
House Intelligence Chair: U.S. TV Ad in Pakistan a ‘Horrible Idea’
The Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said that it was a “horrible idea” for the Obama administration to put out an ad in Pakistan denouncing the anti-Islamic video that has been blamed for protests worldwide.
Rushdie: Muslim Video Outrage Reveals ‘Insecurity of Culture’
Author Salman Rushdie, whose work sparked Muslim protests and death threats in the 1980s and who still has a bounty on his head, said the Muslim world’s reaction to the anti-Islam video stemmed from an “insecurity of culture.”
Clinton Sees Trouble for Obama Among Younger Voters
Bill Clinton said he wonders whether President Obama can count on the under-30 vote this time around. “They are disproportionately likely now to be the unemployed or stuck in part time jobs that can be frustrating,” he said.
Walker: Romney Should Show More ‘Fire in the Belly’
Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker had strong words for Mitt Romney, suggesting that he show more “fire in the belly.”
McCain Decries Republicans Bashing Romney
Sen. John McCain said the presidential race is “still very close,” and hit back against Republicans criticizing Mitt Romney’s campaign. “Those Republicans taking shots at me when I was down didn't help me at all,” he said. “Why would Republicans try to harm a Republican candidate?”
Bill Clinton Has ‘No Earthly Idea’ Whether Hillary Will Run
Bill Clinton said he had “no earthly idea” whether his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will seek the presidency in 2016.
Priebus: ‘We Had a Good Week’
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said that, despite Romney’s stumbles, “we had a good week last week.” Later on the show, Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod quipped, “I don’t know what prism he’s looking though.”
Gibbs Tries to Lower Debate Expectations
Robert Gibbs, a senior advisor to President Obama’s campaign, sought to manage expectations in the upcoming debates by touting Romney’s skill and recent experience as a debater.
Ayotte: Romney Fundraiser Remarks Were ‘Political Analysis’
Sen. Kelly Ayotte said that Romney’s remarks in a video leaked from a fundraiser was “political analysis” and “not a governing philosophy.”
Woodward: No Expectation of Privacy
Author Bob Woodward said he’s untroubled by the ethics of a news story emanating from a surreptitious recording at what was supposed to be a private fundraiser. “No one in the world has an expectation of privacy,” he said. “It doesn't exist anymore.”
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