(CNN) - Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham was blunt in his assessment Sunday of where negotiations to avert the fiscal cliff are headed. "I think we're going over the cliff," he said.
"It's pretty clear to me they've made a political calculation," the South Carolina senator said on CBS' "Face the Nation," calling the administration's initial proposal offered Thursday "a joke" when it comes to entitlement reform. Graham, like other Republicans, has said he's willing to accept new tax revenue, but only if it comes with significant changes to entitlement programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
(CNN) - Senior Obama adviser David Plouffe on Sunday argued the politicization of the attack in Benghazi, Libya "has been unprecedented" and invoked George W. Bush to make his case.
Plouffe said when terrorists bombed the U.S.S. Cole in October 2000 - just weeks before the presidential election - then-Republican candidate Bush said "we need to speak with one voice" rather than criticize the Clinton administration.
(CNN) - Iran is exploiting the U.S. political campaign to continue advancing its nuclear program, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham asserted Sunday.
"I think the Iranians are trying to take advantage of our election cycle to continue to talk," Graham said on "Fox News Sunday." "As we talk with the Iranians, whether it's bilaterally or unilaterally, they continue to enrich (uranium)."
(CNN) – Comedian Stephen Colbert says it will make a difference whether President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney wins the election in November - but he doesn't know what that difference will be.
"I'm not Ralph Nader. I don't think there's no difference," Colbert said in an interview airing Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "There is a difference. I don't know what the difference is, though."
But he does speculate.
(CNN) - Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, said Sunday that Todd Akin "very well may win" the Senate race in Missouri. He said voters are more concerned with the Senate's performance than with the Missouri congressman's embattled candidacy.
"Frankly, I think that anybody else would have been a candidate that clearly would have won, and Todd very well may win," Blunt said on CNN's "State of the Union."