Guests: Senators Dick Durbin & John McCain

By Face the Nation, Face the Nation - July 8, 2012

Ann Romney showed a steady hand on the Jet Ski controls, but can her husband steer the right course on the economy?

MITT ROMNEY: This is the time for America to choose whether they want more of the same, whether unemployment above eight percent month after month after month is satisfactory or not.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The choice in this election could not be clearer and it could not be bigger, the stakes could not be bigger.

MAN #1: You can do it.


BOB SCHIEFFER: Or can he? We will talk about it with Republican John McCain, who found out in 2008 what it's like to run for President when the economy turns bad.

We'll talk politics with Haley Barbour, the former chairman of the Republican Party, and the Senate's number two Democrat Dick Durbin.

And what's the fallout from the bombshell leak about Chief Justice John Roberts, reversing his position to ensure that the court upheld the President's health care plan? Will it affect the court's future deliberations? CBS News Jan Crawford, the reporter who broke the story, has a follow-up. Plus, political director John Dickerson and chief White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell will also join us for analysis on that and more.

And in baseball's All-Star break, we'll talk about America's game with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Sports Illustrated's Frank Deford former All-Star Harold Reynolds and ESPN'S Jayson Stark.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: We love each other, we can root for each other until we get to the World Series. Then, it's every man for himself.

BOB SCHIEFFER: He got that right. It's all ahead because this is FACE THE NATION.

ANNOUNCER: From CBS News in Washington, FACE THE NATION with Bob Schieffer.

BOB SCHIEFFER: And good morning, again. It's almost too hot to even fly a kite but some are out there. Last week on this broadcast Jan Crawford set Washington on its ear with a remarkable story and inside look at how Chief Justice John Roberts changed sides and joined liberals on the court to ensure the President's health care plan would be upheld. It was a news leak from an institution that almost never leaks, and this morning she has new details and insights into how it all came about and what it means for future court cases, Jan.

JAN CRAWFORD (CBS News Chief Legal Correspondent): Well, Bob, the discord is deep and it is personal and this could affect this court for a long time. No one has any idea how it's going to be resolved but conservatives feel the sense of betrayal that Roberts changed his mind for the wrong reasons. If he had been with from the liberals from the beginning, my sources say, that would have been one thing but to have switched his position and relatively late in the process infuriated conservatives. Of course we don't know why he switched. He may have been focused solely on the law but that is not what some of his colleagues believe.

Now Roberts initially sided with the four conservatives to strike down the heart of the health care law. The individual mandate that requirement that all Americans buy insurance or pay a penalty and when he changed his mind, he joined with the liberals to instead uphold the law and then he tried furiously with a fair amount of arm twisting, I am told, to get Justice Anthony Kennedy to come along. Now Kennedy sometimes sides with the conservatives, so he would have been Roberts' best hope, but on this issue of federal power Kennedy was firm, the conservatives refused to even engage with Roberts on joining his opinion to uphold the law and they sat out writing their own opinion. They-- they wrote it really to look like a majority decision my sources say because they hoped that Roberts would rejoin them to strike down that mandate and Kennedy was relentless until the end trying to get Roberts to come back, but Roberts did not, so the conservatives' decision instead became a dissent.

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