Washington (CNN) – After a bruising primary fight, defeated six-term incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar has no plans to campaign on behalf of his former rival.
But the Indiana senator on Sunday said he has offered advice about how to be a “constructive senator” to Richard Mourdock, the Republican nominee.
Washington (CNN) – Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich offered Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley some advice Sunday on running for president.
"Raise a lot of money," Gingrich told the rising Democrat on NBC's "Meet the Press." "It's the entry level problem. You've got to be prepared."
(CNN) – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Sunday labeled Mitt Romney’s attacks on the withdrawal strategy in Afghanistan “campaign rhetoric” and defended the 2014 drawdown date.
“I think you know without getting into the campaign rhetoric of what he’s asserting, I think you’ve got 50 nations in NATO that agree to a plan in Afghanistan,” Panetta said on ABC’s “This Week.” “It's the Lisbon agreement, an agreement that, you know, others, President Bush, President Obama, everyone has agreed is the direction that we go in in Afghanistan."
Washington (CNN) – Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Sunday classified Democratic efforts in the Wisconsin recall election as a “test run” for the presidential race.
“It’s given the Obama for America operation an opportunity to do the dry run we need of our massive, significant dynamic grassroots presidential campaign,” the Florida representative said of the battleground state on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Washington (CNN) – Rudy Giuliani, now a Mitt Romney supporter, said Sunday that he partially blames his ego for previous criticism of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
"Well, I mean, there's a certain amount of personal ego in that. At that point I was probably comparing his record to my record," Giuliani said on CNN’s "State of the Union." "That’s all part of campaigning."
Good Sunday morning. The staff is working its way in and we're preparing for today's program. Prepare along with us – check out what we're reading this morning.
On our radar: Memorial Day and veterans issues – why aren't our country's bravest men and women getting the treatment they need and deserve? Also, politics, 2012 and the looming recall election in Wisconsin.
Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch our exclusive interviews with Rudy Giuliani and DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. We'll also be joined by Senate Veterans Affairs Committee chairwoman Patty Murray; Former Vice Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army, Gen. Peter Chiarelli (Ret.); the executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Paul Rieckhoff; and the legislative director for the American Legion, Tim Tetz.
State of the Union airs today at 9am/12pm ET.