May 25th, 2010
11:45 AM ET
12 years ago

CNN Radio Political Notebook: The WH's job offer to Joe Sestak


Congressman Sestak and the White House are both providing few details about a job offer made before the recent Pennsylvania Senate Democratic primary. (Photo Credit: Getty Image/File)

CNN Chief National Correspondent John King talks to CNN Radio about the White House's offer to Sestak and explains why it's important to learn more.

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Filed under: 2010 • JKUSA • Joe Sestak • John King USA • Obama administration • Pennsylvania
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  1. josi

    John King is a King sized sack of crap – CNN would do itself a favor to wipe this crap off it's heel – this is a non-story but those stupid publos will latch onto anything and twist it up like their own twisted minds/ideas.
    Down with John KIng!

    May 25, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. malabar

    The dems hypocrisy on this issue is hilarious. most transparent admin? hahaha! guess what dorks: Obama is every evil thng u thought Bush was. wake up and educate urself to reality

    May 25, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. thor

    If it's as Sestack then it's a big deal !! Needs to be checked into by an independant invesitigator.Otherwise, we'll never know who's telling the truth.

    May 25, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

    What the HECK????? I agere with JOAN – let's get it all out in the open and see what's going on with the RepubliCAN'Ts!!! As a matter of fact – NO ONE CARES what deals are made – it's done all the time.

    Also, John King is a nusance – I do not watch him at all and maybe that spot CNN tries over and over again to fill is not working.... Get Donna Brazile in there and I am sure she will have LISTENERS!!!!!!

    May 25, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Bunaro

    John King is a very biased i think he is republican because I have followed him even during the election he has been anti democrat in so many views. Joe Sestak was very smart in not saying much to John King whom he knows dont like Democrat. Joe Sestak is gonna win PA i can bet.

    May 25, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Brenda

    From what I understand........–Republican Rep Darrell Issa is demanding an independent investigation of this issue–and I hope that he does not drop it.

    Either one of two things happened......Either Sestak told a lie or the Obama Admin committed an impeachable felony.

    This needs to be investigated/exposed before the November elections–especially in regard to the PA elections.

    Either way, this is not good news for the Democrats.

    In addition, there is also an article on the Judicial Watch website–the White House is also being investigated for bribes–offering judgeships in order to get the votes of Democrats.

    May 25, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. rob

    UMMM, Joan

    The story is about the Obama Admin offering a cabinet position of Sec of the Navy to a sitting Congressman if he would not run in a primary against the Admins favored candidate. That is called a Quid Pro Quo and is illegal.

    I watched MSNBC's Morning Joe today and Chuck Todd, the supossed White House Correspondent, was talking to the hosts. He took the Admins side and challenged Joe to prove Sestack said he was offered the job, which Joe later did in a video clip from an earlier interview. Todd argued for the Obama Administration instead of doing his job as a journalist and investigating, he dared the hosts to come up with PROOF, that was found in a matter of a few minutes from his own NETWORK. MSNBC does not even try to be fair in their journalism.

    It is truely chilling that we have a news media that will give any politician or political party a pass as we are seeing here.

    May 25, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. Steve (the real one)

    @Claudia, Houston, Tx May 25th, 2010 12:46 pm ET

    Lou Dobbs got fired for the same battering as John King displayed towards Sestak. John King did one of the most unprofessional and nastiest interviews with Sestak than anyone I've ever seen.
    Whan that happens to the GOP, the liberal words of wisdom are:

    Can't handle it?, quit OR waaah, OR something similar!
    Even Durbin wants to know what happened! I guess you don't quite remember Charlie Gibson interviewing Palin do you? Where you offended then?

    May 25, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Stone Algonac Mi

    I admire Mr. King, He decided to cover this story, This story is not really popular with the main stream media, I think he knows this story is not going to go away, This was an illegal act by our executive branch of government, we cannot allow Chicago politics in washington, There are answers, Sestak knows the answers, and there will be a congressional hearing on this matter, If this was the Bush admin. the media would have had a field day. GOOD JOB JOHN,

    May 25, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. WhatsUp

    Come on Joe. Come on WH. What you folks hiding?

    May 25, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. SuperD

    Obammie and Rahmmie have really stepped in their own progressive doo doo. Thank goodness! There is little to no doubt that both of these individuals lack an ounce of character and their Chicago-shove it-illegal tactics are finally being exposed.

    You don't understand. Sestak has already admitted it!! It happened when he was still challenging Specter. They're BUSTED!

    Articles of Impeachment are warranted. Pray to god that we can undo the "Mistake of 08"

    May 25, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. Dan

    Joan, if THE WHITE HOUSE offers a high profile job to get someone out of the race (whether the job is accepted or not) – that's against federal LAW!

    It isn't acceptable and yes, all dealings of this nature should be exposed on either side of the aisle.

    May 25, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. sheena clark canada

    speaking of Lou Dobbs.......what the hell has happened to Jack Caffertey??!!!
    I used to look forward to his comments and editorials as nbiased and sane but recently hes beginning to sound and act more like Lou ... an angry, opiniated, blustering man out to get "Obama" no matter what.

    Where was all his anger over the last 8 or so years.

    May 25, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Amanda

    Why do we need to know what if some one in the Democratic Party asked him not to run and offered him another position in the White House or somewhere in exchange for not running against some one they wanted in that office is that a crime? If it's not a crime why are we discussing this. And, I agree with the previous comment I did not like the way John King conducted that interview at all.

    May 25, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Greg Pottstown PA

    Joan May 25th, 2010 12:45 pm ET

    It is really important to understand the dealings and conversations behind ALL candidates then. How about checking to see what went on in Florida with the RNC and Charlie Crist. Also, make sure you know about and report about all of the dealings that go on in the Republican party when it looks like they are going to have Tea Party candidates running against other Conservatives. Fair's fair. If someone talked to Sestak and said something like "If you decide not to run or lose might you be interested in a certain job?" that doesn't seem a big problem to me. That happens in politics all the time when people are very qualified and there are open positions. Make a big issue out of this and it will be interesting to see how everyone gets scrutinized. Should be a really interesting fall.----------–

    Good job of trying to go after republicans when they have nothing to do with the topic.
    Bottom line is that what Sestak has alleged is a felony. If it happened the way he said then the Obama Admin atempted to tamper with an election. It is NOT important to understand the dealings and conversations behind ALL candidates, Just the ones that allege ELECTION TAMPERING. Like I said before, good job of pointing the finger at the RNC and Charlie Crist but we have no reason to suspect that ANY wrong doing took place In that case.

    May 25, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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