March 20, 2012 Archives

March 20, 2012 Archives

Krauthammer: Romney "Inexorable" After Illinois Primary

Charles Krauthammer on what the night means politically for the Republican candidates. "I think if you look up the word inexorable in Webster's you will see romney in Illinois smiling," Krauthammer said.

Obama: "We Like To Prolong The Party Around Here"

"Over the last several years, we've been able to strike up a friendship. And, you'll notice that even though technically it is not Saint Patrick's Day, we like to prolong the party around here," President Obama said at a press event following a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.

Axelrod On Maher: Limbaugh's Fluke Comments Were "Particularly Egregious"

David Axelrod explains what he sees is the difference between Rush Limbaugh's comments about Sandra Fluke and Bill Maher calling Sarah Palin the c-word and the t-word among

Romney Wins Illinois: Obama "Crushing" The American Dream

We once built the interstate highway system and the Hoover Dam. Today, we can’t even build a pipeline. We once led the world in manufacturing, exports, and infrastructure investment. Today, we lead the world in lawsuits. When we replace a law professor with a businessman, that will end. Every great innovation, every world

Newt: Conservatives Need To Think Through Right Plan To Stop Romney

Newt Gingrich: Governor Romney had a pretty good day today. I think he took a step towards clearly proving he was the frontrunner. Senator Santorum did not have a particularly good day. This is the third time now he's tried out an industrial Midwestern Union State and not succeeded. And I think that conservatives have to think through what's the ri

Santorum: We Need Someone With Long Record Of Deep Convictions

Rick Santorum: We need someone who has a strong and clear record who can appeal to the voters all across this country. And someone whomyou can trust, someone that you know when they say they are going to do something, they're not saying it because well, that happens to be the popular theme of the moment, but someone who has a long track record of d

Bachmann: "It's Important For Us To Unify And Unify Quickly"

"At this point, we would be better off if we could unify around a candidate, whoever that candidate may be. I will back whoever the people choose. But I think it's important for us to unify and unify quickly," Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), a former candidate for president, said on CNN today. "We have a lot of factions now because of the candi

Matthews: GOP Candidates Calling Each Other Lightweights Not Civil

MSNBC's Chris Matthews reacts to a Mitt Romney that calls Santorum a "lightweight": "You know it just sounds like streetcorner talk. After all the money they put into this, paying millions of dollars -- how much? A hundred million dollars so far in advertising. And they're talking like two guys, 'Hey, you frigging lightweight! Lightweight!' You kno

Obama Cracks Birth Certificate Joke When Presented With Irish Heritage Doc

After being presented with a document honoring his Irish heritage by Irish Prime Minister Edna Kenny, Presidet Obama cracked a joke about his own birth certificate. "This will have a special place of honor, alongside my birth certificate," Obama joked.

WH Press Laughs At Biden Calling Bin Laden Most "Audacious" Plan In 500 Years

The White House press corps had a big laugh after CBS News' Norah O'Donnell asked White House press secretary Jay Carney about Vice President Joe Biden calling the bin Laden killing the most "audacious" plan in the past 500 years. Carney th

WH Questioned About Debt Record After Passing New Milestone

During the WH Press Briefing Ed Henry of Fox News questions Jay Carney about Obama's record on debt (March 20, 2012)

Paul Ryan Unveils 2013 Budget Proposal

FOX News: Rep. Paul Ryan has been one of Congress’ most vocal critics of the president’s spending and the nation’s deficit. Today, the Wisconsin congressman held a press conference in which he unveiled a 2013 budget that he says would get America back on the track to prosperity. Ryan spoke about the importance of not just maintaining a budget

Chu Gives Himself An "A" For Handling Higher Gas Prices

Energy Sec. Chu during a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee gives himself an "A" grade on handling higher gas prices. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Cali.): "In controlling the cost of gasoline at the pump do you give yourself an 'A minus?'" Secretary Chu: "Well, the tools we have at our disposal are limited, but I would

Romney To Contraception Heckler: If You Want It Free, Vote For Obama

Question from woman in Peoria, Illinois: "So you’re all for like, 'yay, freedom,' and all this stuff. And 'yay, like pursuit of happiness.' You know what would make me happy? Free birth control." Romney: "You know, let me tell you, no no, look, look let me tell you something. If you’re looking for free stuff you don’t have to pay for, vote

Axelrod: Selling Healthcare Reform Has Been A "Communications Challenge"

David Axelrod blames Republicans for Obama's healthcare reform bill being unpopular. Axelrod says Republicans are "fanning the flames of discontent." Later in the interview, Axelrod says it has been a "communications challenge" for the administration to sell Obamacare to the public. Axelrod said Obama "shoved the politics aside" during the legis

Michelle Obama: "Malia Will Ask Barack To Explain Macroeconomics"

"Now we have dinner every night and that's where we get to talk about thinges. Malia will ask Barack to explain macroeconomics and what's this job -- it's amazing what this kid will ask and you know, you take you where she is," Michelle Obama said to David Letterman on his "Late Show" program.

Axelrod Jokes About Voting Early And Often In Illinois

Chuck Todd: "You only vote once now in Chicago, right? There's no more of this vote early and often anymore, right?" David Axelrod: "Well, certainly on the air, but no. Absolutely. Every vote counts and you only get one."

Michelle Obama: We Teach Our Kids South Chicago Values

First Lady Michelle Obama tells David Letterman that she and President Obama try to instill the values of south Chicago in their daughters. Michelle Obama: For us, it's the values. The thing that we try to do is make sure -- the residence is on the second and the third floor of the White House. And what we want to have happen is when they get of

Obama Sends Nowruz Greetings To Iran

White House: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama send greetings to the Iranian people celebrating Nowruz. In his video message, the President tells the Iranian people that the United States stands with them in the pursuit of their universal rights and seeks a future of deeper connections between our peoples. Transcript below.

Newt Gingrich: Robert De Niro "White First Lady" Remark Was "Wrong"

Newt Gingrich says President Obama should apologize for Robert De Niro saying America is not "ready for a white first lady" at a fundraiser featured Michelle Obama. "It is exactly wrong, it divides the country. And if people on the left want to talk about radio talk show hosts, then everybody in the country ought to hold the president accountabl

RCP's Tom Bevan On 2012 Fundraising, Illinois Primary

RCP Co-Founder and Executive Editor Tom Bevan and the Huffington Post's Amanda Terkel discuss the 2012 presidential race with Rhod Sharp on BBC's "Up All Night."

WH Economic Adviser Sperling: Ryan Budget Puts Medicare In "Death Spiral"

National Economic Director Gene Sperling: "This is what I find most disturbing: It takes this basic Medicare guarantee and essentially creates a two-tier system in which people and healthcare plans have a fundamental economic incentive to try to siphon off the healthiest and youngest workers thereby raising costs more for people who want to stay in

Shrum: Romney Won't Get The Latino Voters He Needs To Win

Ed Schultz and Bob Shrum discuss Romney's position on gas prices, Afghanistan and how he will do with Latino voters.

O'Reilly: The Decline In America Power Continues

Bill O'Reilly says America faces challenges with Afghanistan, Iran and China.

"Special Report" Panel On Romney's Puerto Rico Win

The panel discusses Romney's win in Puerto Rico and looks ahead to Tuesday's Illinois primary.

Todd: The RNC Doesn't Understand Its Own Nominating Rules

Lawrence O'Donnell, Ryan Lizza and Chuck Todd talk about Monday's events on the campaign trail.

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