White House senior adviser David Plouffe on Sunday defended the Obama administration’s handling of the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya, which it initially labeled a spontaneous assault but more recently said was an act of terror with links to al-Qaeda.
“Obviously you are going to know more two weeks after an event than a week after an event,” Plouffe said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”
In the wake of Mitt Romney releasing his 2011 tax return Friday, Democrats on Sunday sought to use the renewed attention on the GOP nominee’s personal finances to pivot to an argument that the Republican presidential candidate hasn’t been clear enough about his tax plan for the American people.
“The bigger issue isn’t that he isn’t being straight about his own taxes,” Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod said on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.” “The bigger issue is that he isn’t being straight about what he’s going to do to everyone else’s taxes.”
Former president Bill Clinton said in a Sunday interview that President Obama is winning the presidential race in the states most likely to decide the outcome of the election.
“I think that the president’s winning, and winning in the swing states,” Clinton said in an interview on CBS’s “Face The Nation.”
Echoing his sentiment from a Friday interview, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Sunday he wants to see “more passion” from Mitt Romney and more of the enthusiasm he witnessed when Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was first tapped by the former governor to be his running mate.
“I want to see fire in the belly,” Walker said of Romney on “Fox News Sunday,” adding that he wants to see the Republican nominee “lit up and ready to go.”
In an interview broadcast Sunday morning, Ann Romney said her husband Mitt Romney has been “demonized” by critics as “being heartless” and sought to push back with examples of the Republicanpresidential candidate empathizingwith other people in times of need.
“I know that people are suffering right now. And for people to think that we don’t have empathy just because we’re not suffering like they’re suffering is ridiculous,” said Ann Romney in an interview on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”
While Mitt Romney has vowed an effort to repeal andreplacethe federal health-care law if he is elected in November, the GOP presidential candidate said in an interview broadcast Sunday that there are appealing elements of the reform plan he wouldn’t seek to end.
“I’m not getting rid of all of health-care reform. Of course there are a number of things that I like in health-care reform that I’m going to put in place,” Romney said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”
Making his Sunday news shows debut as the Republican vicepresidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) underscored the importance of closing tax loopholes utilized by the wealthy. But he would not specify which loopholes he and Mitt Romney are willing to close to help pay for a reduction in taxes the GOP ticket is proposing.
President Obama said in an interview that he is willing to work with Republicans to reach a deal on the 2013 federal budget, but did not appear ready to budge from advocating for a ratio of spending cuts to revenue increases that has already been rejected by Republicans in Congress.
“I’m, you know, more than happy to work with the Republicans,” Obama told CBS News’s Scott Pelley in an interview set to air on Sunday. “And what I’ve said is in reducing our deficits, we can make sure that we cut two-and-a-half dollars for every dollar of increased revenue.”
In an interview with NBC’s “Meet The Press” set to air on Sunday morning, Mitt Romney said former President Bill Clinton elevated the Democratic National Convention and suggested the contrast between Clinton and other convention speakers might have worked against President Obama.
“He did stand out in contrast with the other speakers,” Romney said of Clinton in the interview, according to excerpts released by NBC News on Saturday. “I think he really did elevate the Democrat convention in a lot of ways. And frankly, the contrast may not have been as — as attractive as Barack Obama might have preferred if he were choosing who’d go before him and who’d go after.”
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) said Sunday there was “nothing memorable” about Mitt Romney’s Thursday GOP convention address and added that prolonged nationaldiscussion about Clint Eastwood’s speech is a testament to Romney’s shortfall.
“The reason we are debating and even discussing Clint Eastwood, is because there is nothing memorable about Mitt Romney’s speech,” Emanuel said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”
Asked repeatedly on Sunday whether the country is better off than it was four years ago, David Plouffe, a top adviser to President Obama, would not provide a direct yes or no answer. He responded that the nation has improved from the “depths of the recession” because of Obama’s leadership, but would not flatly say whether the country is better off or not.
Democratic NationalConvention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa said Sunday that Democrats will aim to cement the choice voters have before them in thepresidentialelection when the party’s conventionconvenesin Charlotte, N.C.
“We want to crystallize the path before us — the choices the American people have this election,” Villaraigosa, the mayor of Los Angeles, said on CNN’s “State Of The Union.”
The back-and-forth over a pair of controversial ads recently released by Mitt Romney’s campaign and a super PAC supporting President Obama spilled over into the Sunday morning news shows, with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) calling the anti-Romney spot “disgraceful” and a top Obama adviser criticizing the Romney campaign’s negative ad against the president.
Newt Gingrich, the former Republican presidential candidate who in 2011 referred to Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) plan to revamp Medicare as “right-wing social engineering” defended of Ryan’s budget proposal on Sunday. The former House speaker said on CBS’ “Face The Nation” that the “basic thrust” of Ryan’s budget plan “is the right direction” for the country.