Here is video of Sen. Rick Santorum on ABC News’ “This Week” today where he was asked about what Republicans should do in the face of Barack Obama’s new Gun Control push. Santorum’s response was perfect:
“I think we should stick to our guns.”
Santorum believes that with the “increasingly violent nature of our society,” people are not going to take kindly to Obama’s agenda to restrict the 2nd Amendment right to “keep and bear arms.”
Here is video of the GOP Senate Minority Leader – Mitch McConnell – on ABC News’ “This Week” where he said today that moving forward, there will be no further tax increases as part of the Debt-Ceiling Battle with President Obama. McConnell said the Fiscal Cliff deal just passed raised tax rates on the top earners, but that now “the tax issue is finished, over, completed.” What now must be worked out are spending cuts and reform of entitlements:
“Oh, yeah, the tax, the revenue, the tax issue is finished – over – completed. That’s behind us. Now the question is, what are we going to do about the biggest problem confronting our country and our future? And that’s our spending addiction. It’s time to confront it. The President surely knows that. I mean, he has mentioned it both publicly and privately. The time to confront it is now.”
This is the line they need to hold.
Here is the panel on “This Week” today discussing the lessons to be learned from the 2012 Election and the challenges to be faced in the 2016 Election for both Republicans and Democrats. Joe Klein wondered if Barack Obama will put changes to ObamaCare on the table with Republicans to make it more local/regional-based and more market-based in order to get it fully implemented. It was also suggested that now that Obama does not have to get re-elected again, it will be his supporters on the Left who will be “squealing” about his compromises with Republicans in the weeks ahead.
Here is the ABC News “This Week” panel already beginning to speculate about who might run for President in 2016!
Here is video of Stephanie Cutter from the Obama Campaign doing her best on ABC News’ “This Week” to put a good spin on the Des Moines Register’s endorsement of Mitt Romney for President. Cutter said “it’s not surprising!” Even though it has been 40 years since the paper has endorsed a Republican for President!
In one way though, she’s right. With the failed record of Barack Obama as President, and nothing but more of the same if he is re-elected, it’s not surprising that any thinking person or newspaper would decide America’s needs a better leader and a better course.
George Will sums up where we are in the Obama Economy. If it were not for “7 million people” leaving the workforce by going on disability or just giving up looking for work, unemployment would be “10.9%” rather than already dreadful 8.2%. But Obama wants four more years to keep doing the same thing.
Here is video from ABC News’ “This Week” today where conservative Peggy Noonan told Keith Olbermann – yes, THAT Keith Olbermann – that “there are a lot of people who think businessmen create businesses which create jobs,” rather than Government. Olbermann suggested it would not be good to have “two businessmen” on the GOP Ticket this Fall – Romney with someone like Ohio’s Rob Portman.
I have to say I don’t think Portman would be the best VP choice for Romney, but he would not be terrible either. But Romney’s got the “businessman” angle nailed down himself. He could broaden his appeal by choosing someone else – like Paul Ryan or Marco Rubio.
Interesting discussion on “This Week” about who Mitt Romney may pick as a Vice-Presidential running mate.
The early betting is on Marco Rubio, but Ann Coulter suggested Chris Christie (of course – Coulter loves him) or Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl (first time I’ve heard him mentioned). Far-Left Van Jones suggested that if Romney picked former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, it would make the Obama Campaign “go crazy.”
Here is video of Rick Santorum appearing on ABC News’ “This Week” where he said the GOP Nomination race is “going to be along race.” Santorum said he is staying focused on economic issues with his campaign, particularly in how to get manufacturing jobs growing again.
Santorum defended his debate performance this past week, which Stephanopoulos challenged – particularly Santorum’s statement that he voted against his own principles in “taking one for the team” by supporting George W. Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” Education program. Santorum pointed out Romney also supported the program, and said Romney really has the “wrong principles” on a whole host of issues. Santorum said Romney is on the team of “Big Government” and bailouts.
Here is video of George Will on ABC News’ “This Week” saying about the GOP Presidential Campaign of Newt Gingrich: “I think this is over.” Will cited Gingrich’s loss in Florida and his failure to get on the ballot in Virginia as reason to believe Gingrich’s “Southern strategy” is going nowhere, and his chances to defeating Romney for the Nomination are “over.”
I think Will is being premature. Gingrich could regain a lot of momentum if he manages to win several states on Super Tuesday, March 6. His struggle is going to be in remaining viable through February so that he has enough momentum to win somewhere on March 6.
Here is video of Rep. Ron Paul on “This Week” today where Jake Tapper asked him about a former staffer who claims Paul has given credence to the conspiracy theories that President George W. Bush may have been behind the September 11 attacks, or at least knew about them ahead of time. Paul vehemently denied such an idea, telling Tapper he has never talked about such a thing or espoused those ideas.
Here is video of Christiane Amanpour signing off for the final time as the host of the ABC News weekend Sunday Show, “This Week.” She is being replaced starting January 8, 2012 by George Stephanopoulos after 1 1/2 years as host.