May 25th, 2010
11:45 AM ET
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CNN Radio Political Notebook: The WH's job offer to Joe Sestak

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Congressman Sestak and the White House are both providing few details about a job offer made before the recent Pennsylvania Senate Democratic primary. (Photo Credit: Getty Image/File)

CNN Chief National Correspondent John King talks to CNN Radio about the White House's offer to Sestak and explains why it's important to learn more.

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Filed under: 2010 • JKUSA • Joe Sestak • John King USA • Obama administration • Pennsylvania
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  1. Larry

    Give us details Sestak, if you want your story to have any credibility at all.

    May 25, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    Sestack stayed in the race and WON. So what's the big deal?
    I thinks called the 24 hour news cycle. If there's no news to report, make it up.

    May 25, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. Hammerer

    obama's answer "trust me" should be good enough.

    May 25, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. Joan

    It is important to understand the dealings and conversations behind ALL candidates then. How about checking to see what went on in Florida with the RNC and Charlie Crist. Also, make sure you know about and report about all of the dealings that go on in the Republican party when it looks like they are going to have Tea Party candidates running against other Conservatives. Fair's fair. If someone talked to Sestak and said something like "If you decide not to run or lose might you be interested in a certain job?" that doesn't seem a big problem to me. That happens in politics all the time when people are very qualified and there are open positions. Make a big issue out of this and it will be interesting to see how everyone gets scrutinized. Should be a really interesting fall.

    May 25, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. Joan

    It is really important to understand the dealings and conversations behind ALL candidates then. How about checking to see what went on in Florida with the RNC and Charlie Crist. Also, make sure you know about and report about all of the dealings that go on in the Republican party when it looks like they are going to have Tea Party candidates running against other Conservatives. Fair's fair. If someone talked to Sestak and said something like "If you decide not to run or lose might you be interested in a certain job?" that doesn't seem a big problem to me. That happens in politics all the time when people are very qualified and there are open positions. Make a big issue out of this and it will be interesting to see how everyone gets scrutinized. Should be a really interesting fall.

    May 25, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Lou Dobbs got fired for the same battering as John King displayed towards Sestak. John King did one of the most unprofessional and nastiest interviews with Sestak than anyone I've ever seen. Sestak showed himself to be a man of value and standards despite John Kings outrageous actions. It's time for John King to go.

    May 25, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Paul from Phoenix

    The GOP and Dems both do this. HOWEVER....

    Obama ran on change. He said he was the candidate to get rid of cronyism and backroom deals in Washington. More lies by a President and an administration that is becoming all too good at lying.

    May 25, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Obama the liar

    it seems Joe Sestak is afraid of telling the truth--a perfect fit for the Obama regime.

    May 25, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. debbie

    John King and wife Dana both are strong Republicans and the slant of view always comes through.

    The idea of CNN is to give un-biased news.

    John should go back to the magic wall and Dana should be listed as the GOP reporter.

    May 25, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. SocialismBad

    A sitting Congressman has stated in public that he experienced an attempted bribe and election tampering. Those re FELONY OFFENSES!! Where is the FBI and Justice Dept. and their investigation?

    Is the Executive branch of this government IMMUNE from the laws of this nation?! Can they PICK and CHOSE which ones they will enforce and when?! THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!!

    If they refuse to investigate these offenses then the Congress WILL when it gets returned to the people of this country in November.

    May 25, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Mike

    If this happened in a Republican Administration, the demorats and lame brained media would be sending out the hounds. Being it is nobamby or nobumby, the demorats can excuse it.

    May 25, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Peace

    All these is about Sestack's win. Suppose it was the opposite, not a single person could have gone after him and they could had pretended there was no any wrong doing. This human nature is really absurd!

    May 25, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. todd

    It's Funny how media is quick to jump on a bad for dems angel but leave repulicians go unchecked.The media has become no more then corporate spin doctors for one party to influance elections.I hope the people see this and start to speak out.The country can"t aford to continue with peoples lives treated like a sick game for the rich.

    May 25, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. Jane

    Same ole smoke and mirrors crap in the white house.

    May 25, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. Hugo

    Let's hope the GOP takes enough seats in the House and Senate to investigate after the November elections and pin the tail on the Donkey!

    Big surprise that the Obama Administration would have the audacity to circumvent Federal law to bribe a candidate in a Federal election, if the Constitution doesn't matter, then why would Federal law? Just look at Immigration enforcement....

    May 25, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. Holding Up A Mirror

    I really like the fact that Joe Scarborough & Mika Brezyenski [of MSNBC] are demonstrating how impotent the media is. They have been trying to push this limp noodle of a story forward for 3 days.

    The administration says they looked into it and nothing improper happened. Seems the media wants to try to made something out of nothing so that they can have some content to put on the air in our 24-hour cable environment. Now they are trying to make a story out of the fact that the WH won't contribute to the hype.

    I like this type of pushback against arrogant media types that act as though the 1st ammendment entitles them to have their questions answered no matter how juvenile.

    The media is weak and useless. Sure some, like Rachel Maddow and Chris Wallace do the prep work required to be able to refute a politicians BS in real time but most simply allow weak answers and outright lies from guests to go unchallenged or refuted. [Wolf Blitzer for example] Shouting over someone is not the same as being a good journalist.

    We have TV shows about TV talk shows ... that's what "Morning Joe" is. When I see Scarborough stop his feigned outrage and use of unsubstantiatied hyperbole, then I'll respect him.

    May 25, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. John in Binghamton NY

    This really shouldn't be news, this is normal. I think everyone is being two faced about this.

    May 25, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    I can hardly wait for the Fox right wingnut conspiracy theory. Maybe they can get their playground pimp to go undercover. By the way, John King will not get better ratings by acting like a fool.

    May 25, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. pc

    this is such a non story. the public does not care what went on behind the scenes. i am like the others blogging here, you would need to investigate every politician including mcconnel when he had he told bunning he could not run again. all this is a witch hunt and no body cares. i am sure president obama would have known if he was breaking any law before anyone spoke to sestack being a harvard law professor. move on cnn, this is junk!! i am almost beginning to believe ignorant palin when she says news media is corrupt and just after a gotcha story.

    May 25, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. Captain Awesome

    So let me get this straight: Joe Sestak was offered a bribe, er, I mean a job if he didn't run against Arlen Specter? Where's the outcry? Just imagine if a Republican Senator had said that he got an offer from Dick Cheney (queue the Darth Vader music) or Karl Rove to NOT run for office and would be given an executive position at Halliburton! Democrats in Congress would be falling over each other while racing to a camera to demand an investigation. I feel the reason the White House didn't want Joe Sestack to run is because he's hot a complete 'suck up' like Arlen Specter. The questions that need to be answered are:

    1) Who made the offer (bribe) to Sestak
    2) Did the President have any knowledge of this

    May 25, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. Bowen Houff

    Seems reasonable to me for Mr. Sestak and the White House to answer questions from the press... if there has been nothing inappropriate done, as Robert Gibbs has claimed.

    Sestak will not say with whom he spoke at the White House. He won't now confirm that he was offered the Secretary of the Navy job. Why not? The answers would not be hard to give. Why won't the White House provide the information?

    Democrats and Republicans should want the truth in this, as should Mr. Sestak and the White House, as long as everything is on the up and up. That the information is not being provided should make the press wonder why. Surely this could not be a political matter.

    May 25, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. honestmistake

    sensible Cape Coral Fl, the big deal is if this happened it's actually against the law.

    May 25, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. stevegee

    Propaganda, demonization, now bribes - the Obama administration is making Bill Clinton look like a saint.

    But will there be an investigation into what appears to be a federal crime? Of course not, the liberal media are in the bag for Obama, and so is the Justice Dept.

    Wake up people! In November 2010, vote American, vote Republican!

    May 25, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "Sestack stayed in the race and WON. So what's the big deal?
    I thinks called the 24 hour news cycle. If there's no news to report, make it up."

    Don't forget, when the media gets caught insinuating, implying or digging very hard to prove something to be the case and it's not, they generally punish the people who they were trying to embroil in a juicy scandal so they could sensationalize it and boost ad revenue.

    Ad revenue is the new arbiter of truth in this country, which means perception and presumption matter more than facts and evidence as far as the "news" media is concerned.

    May 25, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. Whatever

    The offer was made 8 months ago per Sestak. Who cares!!!!! It was not yester He didn't want it and felt he could win and did. Anyone who thought that an opponent who was a GOPer for 30 years would win the dem seat... time to get your head checked .

    May 25, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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