5 must-watch clips from the Sunday shows

This week's Sunday shows were heavy on the ongoing search for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 as well as the ongoing standoff between President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin over the annexation of Crimea.


 In this handout image provided by Host Photo Agency, Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) greets US President Barack Obama during an official welcome of G20 heads of state and government, heads of invited states and international organizations at the G20 summit on September 5, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Guneev Sergey/Host Photo Agency via Getty Images)

But there were plenty of other interesting segments as well, including some new analysis of the Republicans' chances at taking control of the Senate in November as well as interviews with a former U.S. president, a former U.S. presidential nominee and a governor who may mount his own presidential run in 2016.

For those of you whose eyelids didn't lift early enough to catch them live, here are five Sunday show video clips (and 2 partial transcripts) from this morning that you need to watch:

Mitt Romney on 'Face the Nation'

The 2012 GOP presidential nominee was sharply critical of President Obama's handling of Russia, analyzed the United States' international standing, and said -- again -- that he won't run for president in 2016.

Rep. Mike McCaul on 'Fox News Sunday' 

The Texas Republican and House Homeland Security Committee chairman harshly criticized Malaysian officials for conducting exhaustive searches of the Gulf of Thailand and in the mountains of Kazakhstan when they should have been searching the Indian Ocean for the missing Flight MH370.

Here's his exchange with host Chris Wallace:

WALLACE: Chairman McCaul, any new information on what happened to Flight 370 and where it is now?

MCCAUL: Well, as I've said all along, I believe it's in the Indian Ocean. I think the Malaysian government spent way too much time focusing on the northern routes and the Gulf of Thailand and Kazakhstan. It would have been picked up by radar, and we knew that. And I know satellite imagery given to the Malaysians established that, but we wasted a week of precious time up in that region when all along it's been in southern Indian Ocean I think is where the location is.

I think this is hopeful that now we have the third satellite imagery of debris in this area and the good news is we can find it I think the area where the debris so that we can get to the black box to finally found out what may have happened in this case.

WALLACE: Let me ask you about another law enforcement aspect of this, chairman. The FBI has now gotten ahold of the hard drive of the flight simulator of that chief pilot, and we know that he deleted some files. Any information that they have been able to come up with anything to retrieve some of those files? And also I know that law enforcement authorities are looking back through all of the e-mails of the two pilots.

MCCAUL: Sure. They're going to scrub all the e-mails. The hard drive of the simulator at Quantico is under review. Having worked with the FBI as a federal prosecutor, I know that even though you may delete a file, they can be retrieved later. And I know that the FBI is working to do that.

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Let me just say there are many theories floating around out there. None in my opinion connect all the dots at this point in time. But that's why we have an investigation on going.

Jimmy Carter on 'Meet the Press'

The former president discussed his new book, said President Obama hasn't asked his advice on how to deal with Putin, and said he believes his e-mails are monitored.

Nate Silver on 'This Week'
FiveThirtyEight's statistics guru said that the battle for control of the Senate is no longer a tossup. As of now, the GOP stands in good position to take over control of the Senate in November. (Our thoughts on that here.)



John Kasich on 'Fox News Sunday'

The Republican governor of Ohio discussed his state's economy as well as his bid for reelection. Asked whether or not he'll run for president in 2016, Kasich refused to respond directly, instead falling back on language similar to what he's said in the past -- that he's "not interested."

Here's the exchange between him and Mike Wallace:

WALLACE: Governor, if you are reelected, you would be an obvious candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. You went on the record this week as saying you are not interested in that. On the other hand, your opponent, Ed FitzGerald has put up a Web site with a pledge that you will serve everyone who takes -- who gets elected, whoever gets elected will serve the full four year term. Why not sign that if you have no interest in running for president?

KASICH: Chris, Chris, look, let me just be clear. We brought Ohio back from the brink of disaster. I mean we were down 350,000 jobs. Now we're up almost a quarter of a million. We were $8 billion in the hole, now we're up a billion and a half. We have so much to do with workforce. We just put into play a third grade reading guarantee so kids are not socially promoted to the point where they drop out. We have got a major program --

WALLACE: Respectfully, sir, can you answer my question?

KASICH: Yeah, the answer is real simple. My only focus is now being reelected and continuing to lift Ohio, period. I don't fall for gimmicks in this and that. That's all silly politics. My direction and everything that I am committed to is our great Buckeye State. And at the same time, if I could, I would suit up and try to help Dayton in that round of the Sweet 16.

WALLACE: Well, I'm about to get to that in a second. But I'm just -- I mean -- when you say you're not interested in running, are you flatly ruling out running in 2016?

KASICH: My only focus, Chris -- I mean I don't know how many times I have to say this, I'm flattered about the fact that people talk about my running for president. You know, I tried to run for president in the 2000 election and nobody would pay any attention. Now all I'm focused on is Ohio and everybody wants to talk about something else. So, I'm here in Ohio.

Rep. Mike Rogers on 'Meet the Press'

The Michigan Republican who is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee talked about Ukraine, Putin and Edward Snowden.

Wesley Lowery covers Capitol Hill for The Fix and Post Politics.
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