McCain: Palin is like Reagan
Sunday Rundown: A quick wrap-up of the Sunday talk shows.
CNN: STATE OF THE UNION - McCain compares Sarah Palin to Reagan
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said China is not doing its part to avert a conflict between North Korea and South Korea after the former launched an artillery attack on a border island that killed two marines and two civilians. China has called for emergency talks, but the United States and South Korea have been critical that it hasn't done more to reign in its enigmatic ally, North Korea. "Unfortunately, China is not behaving as a responsible world power," McCain said. "It cannot be in China's long-term interest to see a renewed contest on the Korean peninsula."
McCain compared his former running mate, Sarah Palin, to former President Ronald Reagan, noting that some viewed Reagan as divisive too. "I think that anybody who has the visibility that Sarah has is obviously going to have some divisiveness," McCain said. "I remember that a guy named Ronald Reagan used to be viewed by some as divisive. ... I think she had a positive impact on the last election, and I'm proud of her."
Outgoing Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) said Congress is likely to pass a temporary extension of all of the Bush tax cuts, including on income above $250,000 for a family. "What's likely to happen is there will be an extension of the tax cuts for everybody for a period of time," Dorgan said. "I don't know what that might be, but it's the wrong remedy for the country."
Retiring House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) said Republicans' decision to ban themselves from using earmarks is a red herring and that it will only increase the power of the executive branch, including the president. Obey is known for bringing federal largesse to his district, but he said he's OK with outlawing earmarks. "You can keep them or dump them," Obey said. "The fact is, they are inconsequential in comparison to the other problems we face and less than half a percent of the budget." Former President George W. Bush and his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, sat down for a joint interview. Jeb Bush said he expects at least one of his sons - Jeb Jr. or George P. Bush - to run for office at some point. The former president said he doesn't expect either of his two daughters to ever seek office
FOX NEWS SUNDAY - Senators: Prosecute Wikileaks
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said that WikiLeaks, which is expected to release a huge trove of secret State Department documents, should be prosecuted. Graham called the pending release "deplorable" and said the people behind the Web site "could have blood on their hands ... if you can prosecute them, let's try." McCaskill agreed that the U.S. government should go after WikiLeaks "with the force of the law." She added: "The people who are leaking these documents need to do a gut check about their patriotism," though the organization's most high-profile member, Julian Assange, is an Australian citizen. Graham said the United States should not ratify the new START treaty until Russia clarifies its interpretation of the preamble, which Graham suggested could be read as a loophole allowing Russia to withdraw if the U.S. pursues strategic missile defense. McCaskill responded that there is "some game-playing going on with the START treaty, and it's all about politics and it's all about trying to damage the president of the United States."
On repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, Graham said "there is no groundswell of opposition" to the law, calling repeal "a political promise made by [then-]Sen. Obama." He said the policy is "not going anywhere" during the lame-duck session of Congress. He said the debt commission "probably is dead" and he would not vote to increase taxes on anybody. However, he added that there would be bipartisan support for extending all of the Bush-era tax cuts for "two or three years." McCaskill, who is up for reelection in 2012, asserted her independence from the president, saying she has bucked her party's leadership on cap-and-trade, omnibus spending bills and comprehensive immigration reform.
CSPAN: NEWSMAKERS - Norm Coleman: Joe Miller should give up