Here’s a quick roundup of the Sunday talk shows.
FACE THE NATION (CNN)
Schumer: John Boehner is ‘playing with fire’ on debt ceiling
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) declined to talk about the specific cuts agreed to in the last-minute budget deal reached Friday night to avert a government shutdown. He said they will be published on Monday. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said President Obama’s budget is “the most irresponsible budget ever submitted to the American people,” and the president is “going to have to meet Congress halfway” on a deal to raise the debt ceiling. He suggested several ideas for addressing the “systemic” debt problem, including passing two-year budgets and statutory spending caps, and a balanced-budget constitutional amendment. Schumer said that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) would be “playing with fire” if he forced a drawn-out negotiation over raising the debt ceiling. He said Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) 2012 budget proposal focuses on the middle class and corporations and the wealthy must share the sacrifice.
STATE OF THE UNION (CNN)
Plouffe: Obama to speak on deficit reduction this week
White House adviser David Plouffe said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that President Obama this week will outline his plan for long-term deficit reduction. Plouffe said Obama will “be clear about the type of deficit reduction we need in terms of dollar amounts, over what period of years.” Plouffe said “every corner of the federal government has to be looked at” and “revenues are going to have to be part of this.” He said that ways to “strengthen Medicare” will be examined, and both defense and domestic spending will be on the table, but the administration does not view Social Security as a driver of deficits
The 2008 Obama campaign manager declined to respond directly to House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) comments Saturday that there is “not a chance” Republicans will deliver a “clean bill” to raise the rapidly approaching debt ceiling. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) defended the president’s leadership on deficit reduction and said he hopes Boehner understands that if America defaults on its debts it will have a “dramatic negative impact” on the economy. “We’re asking the president one thing,” said Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), “If you want our help to pay off your debt, start cutting up the credit cards.”
Potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump repeated his debunked claims that there are questions surrounding President Obama’s citizenship status. He said the issue is bad for the president, not for the Republican Party.
FOX NEWS SUNDAY
Cantor: Medicare is ‘not going to be there for me’
Saying last week’s budget deal was just “the first bite of the apple,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Wis.) talked up the budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). “We’re going to protect today’s seniors and those nearing retirement, but for people under 54” like himself, he said, “those programs are not going to be there for me when I retire. They can’t.” He also said Republicans would not vote to raise the debt limit without “guaranteed steps” to get the deficit under control.
White House strategist adviser David Plouffe agreed Congress has to cut spending. As he did on other shows Sunday morning, Plouffe
suggested that tax cuts for the wealthy should be part of that process and argued that Republicans and Democrats could compromise. In the
budget deal passed Friday, he said, “we preserved things that are important to the president’s plan to win the future.”
MEET THE PRESS (NBC)
Paul Ryan: ‘Throwing more money at a broken system doesn’t work’
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said he expected his budget plan would pass the House later this week. Asked about political blowback, he responded that “I don’t really pay attention to all that.” He added that from what he’d heard, “all of our presidential candidates have been extremely supportive of this.” Ryan said his plan saved the safety net: “Medicaid’s broken. Throwing more money at a broken system doesn’t work.” As for Medicare, “We’re preserving and protecting it,” he said. “What we’re trying to do here is save Medicare.” The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was quick to respond via press release that the Ryan budget would essentially end Medicare. Ryan also argued that his plan would “get rid of all those special interest loopholes so you can lower tax rates.” He said taxes on “job creators” need to be lower for the U.S. to compete with China and India.
Plouffe dismissed the Ryan plan, saying there was no way it would become reality. “It may pass the House,” he said. “It’s not going to become law.” He said Obama “cut taxes on the middle class over and over again.” On a different topic, Plouffe said the president supported Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to try alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed in a military tribunal. He said both
Obama and Holder wanted a civilian trial, but it became impossible, and they didn’t want to leave the case “in limbo.”
ABC: THIS WEEK
Pence: ‘I’m pro-life and I don’t apologize for it’
Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) vociferously defended House Republicans’ effort to defund Planned Parenthood as part of last week’s budget negotiations. “This administration was wiling to shut down the government to continue funding abortion providers in this country.” On the budget deal made Friday night, Pence said, “It sounds like John Boehner got a good deal – but it’s probably not enough for me to support it.” Pence echoed his fellow Republicans in saying that he would not vote to raise the debt limit without “real and significant changes” in spending. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) countered that “it would be extremely dangerous for our Republican colleagues to play a game of chicken on the debt ceiling.” He pointed out that according to the Congressional Budget Office, the Republicans’ budget proposal increases the national debt over the next decade.
Plouffe again talked up the president’s role in the budget debate and his upcoming deficit reduction plan. He also responded to Donald Trump’s recent ‘birther’ comments. “I saw Donald Trump is kind of rising in some polls, and given his statements and behavior in the past few weeks, I hope he keeps rising. I don’t think the American people are going to hire him to do anything.”
RNC Chairman: ‘Obama is beatable’
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said that his goal is to reduce the RNC’s debt from $24 million to less than $5 million by the end of the year and have tens of millions of dollars in cash-on-hand. Priebus said President Obama “is very beatable and we’re going to beat him.” He said every potential candidate in the 2012 GOP field is credible. After being asked about potential candidate Donald Trump’s frequent comments about Obama’s birth certificate, Priebus said said he has no questions about the president’s citizenship. He said having a “diversity of opinion is fine” and “ultimately the primary voters will get it right.” Priebus predicted that Wisconsin could see a replay of former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold’s defeat in 2012, with Sen. Herb Kohl (D) up for reelection.