July 20th, 2008
02:03 PM ET
13 years ago

Sunday Roundup: Foreign affairs on the agenda


(CNN) - A roundup of quotes from the Sunday political talk shows, as compiled by the CNN Wire:

"I think that the U.S. government provides an awful lot of aid to Pakistan, provides a lot of military support to Pakistan. And to send a clear message to Pakistan that this is important, to them as well as to us, that I think - that message has not been sent."
-Sen. Barack Obama, on how to engage Pakistan to help improve security in Afghanistan, speaking to CBS' "Face the Nation"

"I think the consequences could be very dangerous in that regard. I'm convinced at this point in time that coming - making reductions based on conditions on the ground are very important."
-Adm. Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on the possibility of a timeline for U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq, speaking to "Fox News Sunday"

"I think it sends a signal that there is one, that eventually we do want to bring our troops back, and that... with where we are, conditions are improving in Iraq."
-Mullen, on President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's talk of a "general time horizon," speaking to "Fox News Sunday"

"I was not caught by surprise. I was working quite diligently with Congress to get reform, and we're very close to get reform."
-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, rejecting a Wall Street Journal editorial saying the "Fannie Mae debacle caught him by surprise," speaking to CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer"

"The fundamentals of our economy are solid long term... and they compare favorably with the long-term fundamentals of... other industrial economies around the world."
-Paulson, on the strength of the U.S. economy, speaking to CNN's "Late Edition"

"I'm not going to get into our internal deliberations. We are always looking for ways to reach out to the Iranian people. We believe very strongly that the Iranian people... harbor no animosity toward the United States. And we certainly harbor no animosity toward them."
-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, on the possibility that the Bush administration may be considering establishing a diplomatic mission in Tehran, speaking to CNN's "Late Edition"

"I think it is achievable, and I think it's important that we achieve it."
-Former Vice President Al Gore, on his challenge to Americans to switch all electricity production to wind, solar, and other carbon-free sources within 10 years, speaking to NBC's "Meet the Press"

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. mhm

    how come barack obama and al gore are the only one's with anything sensible to say?the rest sound like little bushes who want to take credit for obama and gore's political goals.i think the republicans have fallen down and cant get up.

    July 20, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. R. Cooper

    A "general time horizon" vs. "time table". What's the difference? Obama was right and Bush and McCain were wrong. A time table is a time table regardless of the fact the republicans want to call it a "time horizon." Just how stupid do they really think we are????!!!

    July 20, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. Griff

    Wake Up America.... Cut this Illusion... This is not a Coronation.. This is pure ignorance.... Have a Nice Day.....

    July 20, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    I think Obama's observation of the situation in Afghasnistan and US support for Pakistan is a model of what US is creating in Iraq> Viqor effort to fight terrorism in that region misses Bin Laden's point all along. There is a better and systematic way to do it. It will depend on Iran.

    July 20, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Abe

    The central front on terror is Afghanistan not Iraq.Obama was right and McBush was wrong.

    George Bush and Jonny Mccain got their intelligence from the terriorists.This is call DECEPTION.

    DECEPTION = the act of convincing our enernies to believe information that is not true.eg. the central front on terror is Iraq.

    July 20, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    WHERE IS THE NEWS??????/

    July 20, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. Vig

    Obama knows very little if anything about foreign affairs and making a "swing through" to war torn countries and Europe will not an expert make him. That's like saying if I vacation in the Middle East, I will return an expert. Get real.

    July 20, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. Mike

    Obama is right again. We sent Billions to Pakistan of which much went into the pockets of corrupt officials,American and Pakistani. We should have sent the Helicopters and Armored vehicles they needed instead of cash to be stolen and mis used. The Republicans have completly mis managed the war on terror and to use the cliche, we need 'Change'.

    July 20, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. K of TX

    It is quite frustrating at times to hear the same Republican talking points echoed from the Bush Administration's officials on Iraq or the economy.
    I wish I knew what they say off the record...
    I'm just worried that this is what they TRULY believe!

    Obama '08, '12

    July 20, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. Bulldog

    First McCain said Obama was irresponsible for saying he would attack Al Queida in Pakistan if their was solid intelligence. Since calling Obama 'irresponsilbe' our miliarty has attacked Al Queida 4 times in Pakistan.

    McCain calls Obama naive and reckless for wanting to set a timetable to get out of Iraq. Next thing you know the sovereign Iraq government demands we set a timetable and Bush has given in but would rather call it a "time horizon".

    McCain calls Obama reckless and an appeaser for saying he will sit down with leaders of countries unfriendly to the U.S. 3 months later the U.S. successfully appeases and negoitiates with N. Korea ('axis of evil') and they begin to dismantle their nuclear plants. Now they are doing the same with Iran.

    Obama has been saying Afganistan needs more troops and equipment for a year now while McCain barely mentioned it. Obama makes a big speech about it and McCain follows Obama's coattails and states what Obama has been saying all along.

    They can try to "SPIN" it all they want but Obama has been right in National Security and Foreign Affairs after all while John McCain has been wrong and many issues he's supposed to be so experienced on.

    July 20, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  11. Bulldog

    McCain has the worst grades from top military veteran groups.

    — Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave McCain a grade of D for his record of voting against veterans. (By contrast, Obama got a B+.)

    – Disabled Veterans of America noted McCain’s dismal 20 percent voting record on veterans’ issues. (Obama had an 80 percent.)

    – In a list of “Key Votes,” Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) notes McCain “Voted Against Us” 15 times and “Voted For Us” only 8. (Obama voted for VVA 12 times, and against only once.)

    July 20, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |