September 12th, 2010
01:15 PM ET
12 years ago

State of the Union: Candy Crowley's Crib Sheet for September 12

If I were to pick the newsy tidbits from the show I’d go with Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer leaving the door open for some sort of compromise over the expiring of the Bush tax cuts in January. He seemed to say that if there was some way to extend it for the rich, which they define as $250,000 and over, maybe they’d be open to that. But what he wants is for the Senate to go first because the House is always sitting around going out on a limb and then the Senate kind of saws off the branch.

I think the other thing listening to the terrorism experts we had on today, including Sec. Janet Napolitano and former Homeland Secretary Michael Chertoff and our own Fran Townsend. Yeah we’re safer; but the fact is, they all agree that inevitably another attack on U.S. soil will come and likely be successful at some level. I also found it interesting that they agreed with the premise that while Osama bin Laden would be a big symbolic capture that there are others including Awlaki who has been inspirational and sometimes in direct contact with some of the more recent attempts on U.S. soil is a more dangerous guy.

Also interesting I think, and certainly up for discussion, is Dick Armey who heads a group that basically has provided organizational skills for the Tea Party. Armey is now arguing that the Tea Party candidates really are the moderates in the Republican Party. So I think that one will probably cause some people at least to have some dinner table conversations.

Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary, on CNN’s State of the Union:
“…there are threats now, and as I said before, we live in a global ever-changing threat environment. The key thing is to do everything we can to minimize those threats, to be able to anticipate and intervene early, but also to empower communities and individuals on how to respond if something were to happen.”

Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary, on CNN’s State of the Union:
“The United States, we are not immune, and we do see U.S. persons who, for whatever reason, have been radicalized to the point of violence, maybe violence in the name of Islam. And, you know, they travel to the FATA, they train, they learn the tradecraft, they come back. And that is something that is relatively new in kind of the known threat stream that we have been dealing with. But it's not unique, nor was it unanticipated, really, that that could occur.”

Michael Chertoff, Former Homeland Security Secretary, on CNN’s State of the Union:
“The enemy adapts as we adapt, and that's an ongoing process. So what people are seeing now is it's no longer just South Asia, where we were focused on over the last several years. It's Yemen. It's Somalia. It's now North Africa. And that's alarming to people, because what they see is it's becoming more diffuse. And that's, I think, an issue we are going to have to deal with over the next few years.”

Frances Fragos Townsend, Former Homeland Security Adviser to Pres. George W. Bush, on CNN’s State of the Union
“…there is no question over the last nine years the American government has made the American people safer, and we have not been attacked, the answer is I've also seen in the last year, the Christmas Day attempt, the Times Square attempt, Zazi Najibullah in New York on the subways. And so I think people have a sense this may actually happen, despite all of the efforts and all of the money we've spent, this is a very determined enemy.”

Dick Armey (R), Former House Majority Leader, on CNN’s State of the Union:
“…these candidates are the middle of American politics…They want fiscal responsibility; they want fiscal restraint; they want good governments and creative new ideas. This is a group of young members of Congress from both sides of the aisle - I'm sorry – primarily from the Republican side of the aisle that are going to provide that change.”

Dick Armey (R), Former House Majority Leader, on CNN’s State of the Union:
“These are independent-minded people. They really have no particular appreciation for the performance of either party in the past several years. They've - they want to run for office in order to change that. For the most part, they've understood that our path to a position in Washington is through the Republican Party giving our small-government values, but we're here to reform and restore that party to dedicate a service to that proposition.”

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland), Majority Leader, on CNN’s State of the Union:
“We'll talk about compromise, but we don't believe – I don't agree with Mr. Orszag or others who believe that a tax cut on the richest Americans are going to have any affect on the economy… our policy is, we are not going to allow the Republican policy of increasing taxes by having these taxes expire.”

David Axelrod, White House Senior Adviser, on NBC’s Meet the Press:
“…as the president said, we agree on the middle class tax cuts. Let's not hold them hostage while we debate whether we're going to give this very small number of people at the top a tax cut that we can't afford.”

Newt Gingrich (R), Former House Speaker, on Fox News Sunday:
“I think the Republicans would be very wise to say, ‘We will pass any tax cut this president will sign as long as it doesn't have a poison pill of a tax increase.’ "

Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), Minority Leader, on CBS’ Face the Nation:
“If the only option I have is to vote for some of those tax reductions, I'll vote for them. But I've been making the point now for months that we need to extend all the current rates for all Americans if we want to get our economy going again and we want to get jobs in America… If the only option I have is to vote for those at $250,000 and below, of course I'm going to do that. But I'm going to do everything I can to fight to make sure that we extend the current tax rates for all Americans.

Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of White House Council of Economic Advisers, on Fox News Sunday:
“I think it's fair to say that after this recession that began in 2007 put us very deep in the hole, it's going to be a long battle to get out of that deep of a recession. So we've had positive private sector job growth for eight months. But I don't think the unemployment rate will be coming down significantly anytime in the near future.””

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland), Majority Leader, on CNN’s State of the Union:
“…we are going to hold the House. We're going to win... We are going to lose seats, probably… [but] But we are going to hold the House… Our candidates are feeling good.”

Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), Minority Leader, on CBS’ Face the Nation:
“I think winning the House is still an uphill fight. But I can tell you that we have great candidates across the country, and we have a great opportunity. But if we were to win back the House, our goal is to renew our efforts to drive for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable government in Washington, D.C.”

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  1. vic, Nashville TN

    This year election year we want more from Candy crowley like 2008 New Hampshire primary

    September 12, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |