(CNN) – Republican lawmakers said Sunday they believe President Barack Obama wants the country to fall off the fiscal cliff for political purposes.
“I think he sees a political victory at the bottom of the cliff. He gets all this additional tax revenue for new programs. He gets to cut the military, which Democrats have been calling for for years and he gets to blame Republicans for it,” Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming said on “Fox News Sunday.”
(CNN) – The man charged with developing the National Rifle Association's program to place armed guards in American schools defended the controversial plan Sunday against critics who claim it's a dangerous diversion from new gun restrictions.
Asa Hutchinson, a former U.S. congressman and Drug Enforcement Administration chief, said the NRA's system would help protect students against shooters like the one who killed 20 first-graders in Connecticut on December 14. Hutchinson said his "high-level panel of experts" would present educators with safety options, including detailed instructions on placing armed personnel in schools.
(CNN) - Violent video games and a "culture of violence" found in the media could be contributing factors to mass shootings, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Sunday.
"There might well be some direct connection between people who have some mental instability and when they go over the edge - they transport themselves, they become part of one of those video games," Hickenlooper said on CNN's "State of the Union." "Perhaps that's why all these assault weapons are used."
(CNN) – Two days after telling more than 20 families they had lost loved ones in one of the nation's deadliest school shootings, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy on Sunday urged stricter gun control legislation at the federal level.
"These are assault weapons. You don't hunt deer with these things," Malloy said on CNN's "State of the Union." "I think that's the question that a lot of people are going to have to resolve in their own minds: Where should this line get drawn?"
(CNN) - With a little over three weeks left before the country could tumble over the fiscal cliff, and with a deal between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner not yet in place, a CNN panel Sunday with Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley hashed out what needs to happen for a deal to be reached, and the possible economic effects of heading over the edge.
Moody's Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi said on “State of the Union” the initial impact of missing the January 1 deadline would likely not be "a big deal," as taxes may not immediately rise, but by February "things start to get uncomfortable." He noted the February deadline for raising the debt ceiling, saying it would be "cataclysmic" not to do so, and would cause a recession.
(CNN) - Gov. Brian Schweitzer, D-Montana, skirted around speculation he might throw his 10-gallon hat in the campaign ring for a 2016 White House bid, but gave a playful nod Sunday to voters in the early nominating states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
"It's way too early to talk about 2016," he told a political panel on CNN's "State of the Union with Candy Crowley." "I'm the governor of Montana until January. At that point, I'll no longer have the governor's mansion. I'll no longer have a driver. I won't have security so I'll have a little more time on my hands. I think I did mention that I have a warm regard for people of Iowa and New Hampshire."
(CNN) – With higher taxes and large spending cuts potentially just weeks away, a panel with CNN's chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on Sunday looked at whether Congress and the White House could come together to forge a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.
A.B. Stoddard, associate editor of The Hill newspaper, said that discussions were moving backward rather than making any progress. She said Republicans feel that President Obama is "inflaming" the negotiations by taking his case directly to voters, as he did this week in Pennsylvania.
(CNN) - Two high-profile senators disagreed Sunday on the president's deficit-reduction proposal but expressed optimism that a deal can be reached before Congress hits an end-of-the year deadline to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.
Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire discounted the plan presented by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on Thursday, saying on CNN's "State of the Union" that the proposal was a "rerun" that resembled previous policies President Barack Obama has put forward, yet failed to see through in the Senate.
Washington (CNN) – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner drew a line in the sand over taxes in defense of the Obama administration’s controversial proposal to avoid the fiscal cliff.
In an interview with CNN’s Candy Crowley on "State of the Union," Geithner insisted that any compromise on the plan he presented to congressional Republicans on Thursday, which includes $1.6 trillion dollars in tax revenue, cuts to Medicare, and another $50 billion in stimulus spending, must contain an expiration of the Bush tax cuts for income over $250,000.
(CNN) – After Mitt Romney and fellow Republicans failed to garner the support of the nation's fastest growing minority group in November's election, Carlos Gutierrez, the man who led Romney's outreach to Hispanic voters, said he and Republicans advocating for immigration reform are creating a super PAC in hopes of repairing the party's image among the pivotal voting block.
In an interview set to air in full Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" with Candy Crowley, Gutierrez also sharply criticized Romney's remarks made on a call Wednesday with donors following his loss in last week's election. Romney explained his loss in part by pointing to "gifts" President Barack Obama gave to certain groups that turned out in high numbers.