November 8th, 2009
05:07 PM ET
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State of the Union: John King's Crib Sheet for November 8

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="In his Crib Sheet, CNN's John King looks back at Sunday's talk shows and ahead to the topics that will be making news this week."]
The dramatic late Saturday House vote in favor of sweeping health care changes was a major topic of the Sunday conversation, with the debate breaking down this way:

*Democrats saw the victory, as narrow as it was, as a major step forward and a momentum boost they say dramatically increases the odds of getting legislation to President Obama this year.

*Republicans took the 220-215 margin – and the 39 Democrats who voted “No” – as proof of jitters in the Democratic ranks, and proof that they will end up on the winning side of politics of health care.

Other major Sunday attention grabbers:

*Gen. George Casey, the Army Chief of Staff, chose his words carefully when discussing the tragic massacre at Fort Hood. But he was emphatic in his appeal that Muslims serving in the Army and other military services should not face suspicion or discrimination because of the actions of Fort Hood gunman Maj. Nadal Malik Hasan.

*Mikhail Gorbachev joined us for “The Last Word” to discuss the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and we took the opportunity to ask his view of President Obama as a world leader, and his advice as Mr. Obama ponders sending more troops to Afghanistan.

Straight now to the Sound of Sunday, beginning with health care:

President Obama speaking from the White House Rose Garden
“For years we’ve been told that this couldn’t be done. After all, neither chamber of Congress has been able to pass a comprehensive health insurance reform bill for generations. But last night the House proved differently. The Affordable Health Care for America Act is a piece of legislation that will provide stability and security for Americans who have insurance, quality affordable options for those who don’t and bring down the cost of health care for families, businesses and our government while strengthening the financial health of Medicare.”

President Obama speaking from the White House Rose Garden
“Now it falls on the United States Senate to take the baton and bring this effort to the finish line on behalf of the American people. And I’m absolutely confident that they will.”

Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) on “Fox News Sunday”
“Nancy Pelosi last night said they were answering the call of history. I've got to tell you, if Democrats keep ignoring the American people, their party is going to be history in about a year.”

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) on “Fox News Sunday”
“With all due respect to Mike and his party, when President Bush, and they had a lock on the Congress, they did nothing about these issues, these rising costs, the fact that insurance companies could essentially abuse consumers. They did nothing about it. And people back in 2008 said it's time to step up on some of these issues. And that's what we did last night.”

Governor-Elect Bob McDonnell (R-VA) on CNN’s “State of the Union”
on whether he wants his state to opt out of a government-run insurance program

“My preference would be not to have Virginia participate from what I know, this plan contains However they structure it, if it gives flexibility to states, I think that's a good thing.”

Republican pollster Bill McInturff on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“This is one of those interesting cases where both parties think they’re helped. The Democrats want to demonstrate to their base they’ve made big action. I think Republicans see this as a flawed bill, too much government, too much spending, in a way that will make those issues a huge and stronger part for Republicans in 2010.”

Democratic pollster Peter Hart on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“This is a big, big step forward for America and it is an important step. And getting it through the House, it’s not going to be easy through the Senate. But at the end of the day, my guess is that we will have a health care bill that will be signed by the President. And that will be a huge achievement for the President.”

General Casey stopped by three Sunday programs to discuss the Fort Hood investigation and the broader questions about the strain on the Army caused by eight years of war and multiple deployments.

He was careful in answering questions about whether the Army missed warning signs that Maj. Hasan was perhaps sympathetic to the goals of Islamic extremists, but promised a thorough investigation not only of the horrific crime, but of Hasan’s military tenure and behavior.

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“We have to go back and look at ourselves and ask ourselves the hard questions. Are we doing the right things? But again, we'll learn from this incident. It’s way too early to draw any specific kinds of conclusions from it. But we'll ask ourselves the hard questions about what we're doing and what changes we should make as a result of this incident at Ft. Hood.”

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“Frankly I am worried...not worried, but I’m concerned that this increased speculation could case a backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers.”

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“Right now there is no operational impact of this particular incident. That may change over time as we look at specific impact on some of the units that were scheduled to deploy. But broadly across the army this will not have an impact on our ability to provide trained and ready forces to Iraq and Afghanistan.”

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“Back to your question here about the levels of stress. I mean, the Army remains out of balance. But we started in 2007 with a program to get ourselves back in balance by 2011. And since 2007, we have added 40,000 soldiers to the active force, which is a significant step forward, and we’re off of 15-month deployments. We’re beginning to come off stop-loss, and we’re beginning to gradually increase the time the soldiers spend at home between deployments.”

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) on “Fox News Sunday”
“I'm intending to begin a congressional investigation of my homeland security committee into what were the motives, what were the motives of Hasan in carrying out this brutal mass murder. If a terrorist attack, the worse terrorist attack since 9/11, and to ask whether the army missed warning signs that should have led them to essentially discharge him.”


Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev on CNN’s “State of the Union” when asked about students growing up not having a memory of the Berlin Wall falling

“A great deal happened 20 years ago. And during those 20 years, first of all a very important event happened in the Soviet Union in 1989, and that was free elections. The first free elections in the history of Russia. For the first time will, the voters could vote in a competitive election, in an open way. They elected the Parliament of the state and the Parliamentary system was launched as well as separation of powers and that was a big breakthrough in the country's development. It was the creation of a new state, in effect. Pluralism, economic, political pluralism, all of that was testimony that our country was moving along the path of democracy.”

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev on CNN’s “State of the Union”,
on the possibility of additional U.S. troops in Afghanistan

“I think that what's needed is not additional forces. This is something we discussed, too, years ago. But we decided not to do it. I think that our experience deserves attention. We decided to emphasize the domestic developments in Afghanistan, national reconciliation.”

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev on CNN’s “State of the Union” when asked if he views President Obama as a transformational figure in history

“I do believe that the president, the new president, Barack Obama, really is facing a very difficult challenge. He needs to express, to give expression, in his policies to the changes that are expected today.”

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and the week ahead,
John King

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Susie

    There's the problem. Republicans see this fight as "the politics of health care," and Dems see it as a human rights issue. Until the right gets the blinders off and begins to acknowledge that we are ALL Americans, not just those who believe what Palin and Rush do, they will continue to fight for the insurance lobby and against the rest of us. Sad.

    November 8, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. No is the right answer

    The House Democrats won the battle.
    The American people will win the war.

    November 8, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. Mark

    This Pelosi lead congress has the lowest approval ratings probably in our history. Wait and see what happens in 2010!!

    November 8, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. Oz

    Hope the senators have enough sense to quash this economic disaster, as well as the cap and trade mess.

    November 8, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  5. A Smith

    Yeah, the Democrats need to be real jittery with Repulicans like McDonnell being touted as the Republican's savior. McDonnell, who once wrote that working women were "detrimental" to family values.

    November 8, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  6. Black Viper

    Is so refreshing to see the only republican that voted for the bill is not a southern white racist republican full of hate and bigotery.
    He is a chineese american who has a brain and uses it adequatly to help his fellow citizens even though he doesn't like the bill but believe like me it's better than the Statut-quo.
    God bless his heart. AMERICA THE WORLD IS LAUGHING AT YOU.
    Countries all over the world with Universal healthcare will prosper economicaly because their companies don't have the burden to spend Billions insuring there workers.
    Russia knows that.

    November 8, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. John

    Mr. King, the Bill passed....
    Why don't you call your program a republican program. I don't even bother wake up sunday to watch this skewed Program....

    November 8, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  8. Mike

    The health care vote is hailed as a victory, but no one has yet defined affordable health care. Fifteen percent of your pay for health care is not affordable. This vote will go down in history as the latest in a long line of truly American Saturday Night Massacres.

    November 8, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  9. Unemployed In Iowa because of Obama

    Even if Obama and Casey dont believe, some of us do, Some of us believe that this was a terroist attack at Fort Hood and maybe its time to take a closer look at the muslims that are in areas that can have the same affect that happened at Fort Hood. JFK said they would spring up amongst us.

    November 8, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  10. conservative

    Well King ; so much for Gorbies advice on Afghanistan.We all saw the Soviets in full blown" tail between legs" retreat mode when they left there but the lefties want that for us too don't they!

    November 8, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  11. Susan

    John King is the dullest media person in CNN. He is clearly biased.
    I used to love his reaction oh his face during last yr's presidential election counting.

    November 8, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  12. zap01

    Indeed, historic times. For or against current administration, they have done what other administations could not. From ending the war in Iraq to forming healthcare legislation to reform our broken system, yes, historic times.

    November 8, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  13. gayle.myatt

    There may not be time to vote them out folks. The “Obama Bankrupt America” plan is succeeding. The success of the plan hinges on American apathy. It’s time to march on Washington. Every American who cares about freedom must march. How to take over America Obama style: Here’s the plan: 1. take over the banks 2. take over the auto industry 3. take over the news media 4. take over the insurance companies 5. take over health care 6. export all US jobs over seas 7. reduce the military (let ‘em hang in Afghanistan) 8. disarm the populous (register all weapons) 9. impose hefty fees for American consumption (cap&trade) 10. export America’s money out of country 11. stop all arrests and deportations of illegal aliens 12. turn on former allies 13. Finally surrender America to the United Nations as a debtor nation
    It’s the old corporate take over of the 1980’s folks. The goal is to surrender America to our enemies. It’s real, it’s true and it’s right now. You must march.

    November 8, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  14. Anil Patel

    Dalairama visited one of the Indian State which borde with China.It is a part of india which had a election last month.China want to claim Tibet,Sikkim and this indian state.China is wrong and also C.N.N.

    November 8, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  15. Keith in Austin

    The House passing their Healthcare Reform in it's present form is an ObomaNation!

    I Pray that some fiscal responsibility will be evident among Democrat Senators so
    We can address a reform bill without more deficit spending and higher taxes.

    If this doesn't occur, the American People will FIRE Liberals in droves come November 2010 and 2012!!!!!

    November 8, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  16. Teena

    So the health care bill passed the house with only a single repubican vote in favor. And, still the republicans say they are not the Party of No. I sure hope these idiots remember this when they are the party in power and the democrats say No to another war. They of course then will be sreaming how unpatriotic it is to vote agains the president!

    November 8, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  17. Bob in Pa

    Barely 50 % of the house votes yes ? Rules need changed. Anything this big needs 75-80% agreement. Nothing good will come from this.

    November 8, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |