January 31st, 2010
06:09 PM ET
13 years ago

State of the Union: John King's Crib Sheet for January 31

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/06/29/john.king.political.roundup/art.facebook.king.cnn.jpg 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 new debates over a jobs bill and what it would take to put Washington on a more bipartisan path were major topics of Sunday conversation. But the most crackling issue was a more familiar subject: the treatment of terror suspects including the White House plan to bring several 9/11 suspects to trial in federal court instead of the military justice system.

“Absolutely,” was Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell’s answer when asked if he would lead an effort to block funding of any plan to transfer alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other alleged accomplices to U.S. soil for open trials.

“Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is going to meet justice and he’s going to meet his maker,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said bluntly, even as he could not say just where any KSM trial would take place.

Massachusetts Senator-elect Scott Brown also made his Sunday show debut, describing himself as a “big tent person” eager to push for more transparency – and less spending – when he joins the Senate Republican Caucus as its 41st member in February.

“I don’t even have a business card,” he said when ABC’s Barbara Walters asked about speculation Brown might already be looking at a 2012 presidential run.

On the subject of business cards, mine will soon be changing – to reflect a move to Monday-Friday for a new evening news program.

Beginning next Sunday, “State of the Union” will be in new – and talented – hands: CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley is taking over, and talked a bit about her hopes for the program.

“I hope to have some fun. …I think sometimes we tend to flatten out our politicians, make them caricatures, when you and I know they are actual people with some interesting and charming elements. I hope to continue what you did, really, which was making that connection between people’s real fears and hopes, and the people who are in charge of seeing if they can do anything about it. …What a great year to be starting something new.”

Now, the Sound of Sunday highlights, beginning with the feisty faceoff over terror trials.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“Let me tell you what plan A is for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is going to meet justice and he's going to meet his maker.
King: In a federal court or in a military court?
Mr. Gibbs: He will be brought to justice and he's likely to be executed for the heinous crimes that he committed in killing and masterminding the killing of 3,000 Americans. That you can be sure of.” He continues: “We are talking with the authorities in New York. We understand their logistical concerns and their security concerns that are involved. We have been discussing that with them. As you know, they were originally supportive of this. We want to see this man tried and brought to justice in the place in which the crime was committed. We will work with them and come to a solution that we think we bring about justice for those that lost loved ones on such a horrific day on 9/11.”

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Minority Leader) on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“They ought to be tried in these military commissions. They also ought to be detained at Guantanamo. I think John, any community in America is going to object in the same way that New York finally did to these people being put on trial in the united states in civilian courts.”
King: Your power to stop them would be to deny the funding. Would you stand up and say, Mr. President, I'm sorry, bad idea, you are not getting the money?
Sen. McConnell: “Yes, absolutely. And I think that will be done on a bipartisan basis. And the sooner the administration figures out that whatever domestic support they had for this is totally collapsing.”

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Indiana) on “Fox News Sunday”
“I don't think we should spend any more money than is absolutely necessary to try these guys. We ought to try them quickly. We ought to impose harsh sentences, including the death penalty for people who've killed Americans. Those are my criteria.”

Adding to the heat of the terror discussions was more debate about whether the administration failed to properly question the suspect in the Christmas Day plot to blow up a U.S. airliner.

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Minority Leader) on CNN’s “State of the Union”

“What we need to do is deny these people a show trial. We need to proceed to interrogate them, which you couldn't do obviously with the Christmas bomber. I mean, Larry King would have a more thorough interrogation of one of his witnesses than the Christmas bomber had by the Justice Department. This is really dangerous nonsense. We have a way to do it, John. Interrogate them, detain them, and try them in military commissions offshore at Guantanamo from which no one has ever escaped.”

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) on “Fox News Sunday”
“I think [Attorney General Holder] ought to step up to Congress and admit, if he did it, that he's the one who made those decisions. Right now he's doing a better job of interrogating CIA employees than he is of interrogating terrorists. And he's not making a distinction between enemy combatants, the terrorists who are flying into Detroit, blowing up plans, and American citizens who are committing a crime.”


White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“We are still inside the five-yard line. …We're one vote away in the House of Representatives from making health care a reality - health care reform a reality.”

White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod on NBC’s “Meet the Press” when asked if health care was on life support
“I hope for the sake of the American people and tens of millions who are disadvantaged in their relationship with their insurance companies today, or have no insurance, I hope that's not the case.”

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Minority Leader) on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“Go back and start over. That would be a great relief to American business looking at health care taxes. The republicans are overwhelmingly against the bill. There is a 20 point difference. 20% more oppose the bill than support it. Put the health care bill on the shelf, and indicate that you are not going to allow all of the tax relief that is supposed to expire at the end of this calendar year to expire. That's not a reassuring message.”

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) on “Fox News Sunday”

“No, it's not dead. We're in conversations with the Senate to figure out how we may be able to structure something. ..We're still looking at a way to do comprehensive legislation. Certainly, certain provisions have to be dropped out. The Nebraska deal and other portions of that - even Senator Nelson has said he doesn't want that in the bill. So there are certainly changes that need to be made.”

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) on “Fox News Sunday”
“The point is, republicans have offered dozens of comprehensive healthcare plans without breaking what’s working in healthcare. We have to fix what’s broken in healthcare.”


White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on CNN’s “State of the Union” on how much a jobs bill would cost
“Somewhere probably in the $100 billion range. …What I think what is important is, we know two things about the state of our union, if you will. One is jobs are on the mind of virtually every American, and two they want democrats and republicans to work together.”
He continues: “We are not creating the jobs that we would like to, and I think some additional recovery and stimulus spending is important to, again, create an environment where small businesses and large, alike, will hire more.”

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Minority Leader) on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“We are willing to take a look at it. It had not officially come out yet so it's hard to prejudge it. We are looking for something to create jobs. So far the administration, what it has done best is spend, borrow and tax, and the unemployment has gone up. We all have a responsibility to seriously grapple with the question of how to get jobs created again.”


MA Senator-Elect Scott Brown (R) on ABC’s “This Week”
“I don't even have a business card. I haven't even been sworn in. I don't have any exploratory committees started. I don't have anything. It's overwhelming, and it's extremely humbling. I don't know how - what else to tell you.”

MA Senator-Elect Scott Brown (R) on ABC’s “This Week”
“Everyone really is the 41st senator. What it means is that now there will be full and fair debate. And there will be no more closed - behind closed doors actions. And make no mistake, I am a fiscal conservative. And when it comes to issues affecting people's pockets, and pocketbooks, and wallets, I’ll be with the republicans if they are in fact pushing those initiatives.”

MA Senator-Elect Scott Brown (R) on ABC’s “This Week”
“I feel this issue is best handled between a woman and her doctor and her family; and on the marriage issue that you brought up, it's settled here in Massachusetts, but I believe that states should have the ability to determine their own destiny and the government should not be interfering with individual states' rights on issues that they deal with on a daily basis.”

MA Senator-Elect Scott Brown (R) on ABC’s “This Week”

“I was 22 years old. My - my grandmother saw it. She laughed. You know, you have to have a sense - have to have sense of humor about yourself. It wasn't playgirl. It was Cosmo. You know being Bert Reynolds - Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Davidson, David Hasselhoff also did it. And I’m the - the only non, you know, famous person who did it back then.”


Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-Michigan) on CNN’s “State of the Union”

King: “You're finishing up your term. Would you want to be a Democrat on the ballot this year?” Gov. Granholm: “No. No. (laughs) Personally, no.”

White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod on NBC’s “Meet the Press”

“We don't sit around in the White House making calculations on that basis, if the President of the U.S. has one concern, how do we move this country forward, get American people back to work, lift incomes, build securities for the Middle class facing economic challenges, not just through this recession, but for a decade or more if we can get some cooperation from the other side to do that, we're going to be a stronger country for it, that's why he went to the caucus, and that's why we're going to continue to have a dialogue with Mr. Boehner and others.”

Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“Like you, I traveled around the country talking to [the American people]. They want action. They don't want any more excuses. They're tired of it. People didn't say in Massachusetts that people over reached. They said that we under reached. So we're telling them. You either get on the program with jobs on a scale necessary to help us put millions of people back to work or you're going to face the wrath of those voters in November.  That's Democrat, Republican and Independent alike. America is tired of excuses, they're tired of people just saying no and they're tired of not having jobs created.”

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

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Keith in Austin

    Bagdad Bob is a lying weasel!

    January 31, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |

    As SOTU ended this morning, I was thinking "If they have any sense, they will turn this show over to Candy Crowley. She is SO smart, so knowledgeable and so likeable." I almost fell off my chair when John introduced Candy as the new anchor.
    Congratulations Candy!

    January 31, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  3. annie against biased news

    How many people does john (not a journalist) interview before he gets the answers he wants in his little restaurant fiasco's?

    January 31, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  4. Allison29

    Republicans will dig their heels in at every turn. Republicans desire defeat, not accomplishments. American is doomed.

    January 31, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. C Spurgeon

    As rediculous as politicians are ..the media is worse. What a bunch of idiots. Used to think lawyers and politicians made up the bottom of the barrel. Media and so called journalists and pundits far far worse. At least with them we can push a button and get them off the TV...

    January 31, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  6. Alan in Marietta, GA

    Great! Five nights a week listening to this GOP troll spew GOP non-sense and never challenging their assertions.

    January 31, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  7. mavcal

    Cindy Crowley should have replaced Lou Dobbs – Lou Dobbs' show was a big loss for CNN because it provided balance, neutral analysis and challenge to an other wise Obama top-heavy CNN. But what can you expect from a network that railroaded Hillary Clinton.
    As far as Obama – that State of the Union Speech was pathetic. I was waiting for the violins to start playing. This is leadership? I felt I was watching a sniffling sore loser. Obama & his Democratic majority have turned Congress into the Hatfields and McCoys. His next appointment should be a family therapist.

    January 31, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |