With Congress coming back to Washington after a long campaign, 2chambers will begin a weekly feature, “The Sunday Scene,” your one-stop spot to watch what lawmakers had to say on the all-important Sunday political talk shows shows. (For fuller reports on the shows, make sure to visit The Fix.)
Talk this week obviously was dominated by the surprise resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus. Perhaps most critically, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was asked on ABC’s “This Week” whether he believes Petraeus misled the panel during his confirmation hearings. “We’re confident that David Petraeus was very straight up with us during the confirmation hearings,” Chambliss said.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) also appeared and was asked about Petraeus and ongoing talks to avert the “fiscal cliff.”
Asked about Petraeus on “Fox News Sunday,” Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said, “We received no advance notice. It was like a lighting bolt.” She added that the FBI has briefed her on the situation, but said she wished she’d learned more sooner.
Over on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) spoke out on Petraeus’s resignation. He also said he wouldn’t vote to confirm Susan Rice as President Obama’s new secretary of state, “unless there’s a tremendous opening up the information explaining herself in a way she has not yet done” regarding what she knew about the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi when she made a series of Sunday show appearances just a few days afterward. Finally, Graham said he plans to push for a comprehensive immigration reform package that would increase border security, include a guest worker program and provide a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants.
On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) also faced questions on Petraeus and the “fiscal cliff.” Schumer also confirmed that he’s working with Graham on a set of immigration proposals that were tabled two years ago. “The Republican Party has learned that being anti-immigrant doesn’t work for them politically, and they know it,” he said.
Finally, for our Spanish-speaking readers/viewers, Univision’s “Al Punto con Jorge Ramos” featured interviews with two Democrats who defeated House Republicans: Raul Ruiz, who defeated Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) and Joe Garcia, who beat Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.) to become the first Cuban-American Florida Democrat elected to Congress.
Here’s the interview with Ruiz:
And here’s Ramos’s conversation with Garcia:
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