April 17th, 2011
02:32 PM ET
12 years ago

Candy Crowley's Sunday highlights


Donald Trump, Chairman of Trump Organization, on CNN’s “State of the Union”
on a potential presidential run:

“I wish I didn't have to do it. I would prefer not doing it. But I love this country. And if you ask me, what are the odds, I'll let you know some time prior to June. But I will tell you, I am giving it serious, serious thought. And I'm honored by the polls, because people agree with what I'm saying. I am honored by the polls.”

Donald Trump, Chairman of Trump Organization, on CNN’s “State of the Union”
on Libya:

TRUMP: Somebody said, what would be your theory or what would you do in terms of Libya? I'd do one thing. Either I'd go in and take the oil or I don't go in at all. We can't be the policeman for the world.
CROWLEY: You'd just take their oil?
TRUMP: Absolutely. I'd take the oil. I'd give them plenty so they can live very happily. I would take the oil. You know, in the old days, Candy -
CROWLEY: Well, wait, we can't go -
TRUMP: - Candy, Candy, in the old days, when you have a war and you win, that nation is yours.

John Hofmeister, Former President of Shell Oil, on CNN’s “State of the Union”
CROWLEY: Is there something Americans can actually do, other than just pony up at the pump?
HOFMEISTER: No, really there isn't. I mean, yes, you can inflate your tires. Yes, you can keep your engine tuned up. That will have a marginal impact. The reality is, we're citizens and we're consumers. As citizens, the public voice of the citizenry saying to the U.S. Congress and to the president, look, you're not doing what this country needs to be done, which is to look after our own energy needs first. And if that means more domestic production, then, by golly, let's go produce more domestically because don't we matter?

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“Yeah. I think there is a compromise. But the compromise is not to raise taxes, the compromise is for conservatives to admit that the military budget's going to have to be cut. We've doubled military spending. I believe in a strong national defense, but conservatives will have to compromise and we will have to cut military spending. Liberals will have to compromise and we will have to cut domestic welfare. The compromise is where we cut, not where we raise taxes. The problem is, if you give them more money in Washington, they're not to be trusted.”

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-New York) on CNN’s “State of the Union”

“The Republicans really have to stop playing politics with this. … That being said, we have to have a reasonable conversation. I know debt limits frequently have things attached. I understand that. But I have to tell you, if they wind up holding up things like Medicare, Social Security, these bedrock programs that help people in need, help form the safety net in our country, it is a non-starter, Democrats won't vote for it.”


The nation's 14 trillion dollar debt consumed the Sunday morning airways with one of the six senators working for a bipartisan way out of the nation's debt crisis suggesting that more courage and less politics would be a start:

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) on “Fox News Sunday”:
"What the country needs to hear from the leaders in Washington is we understand how big the problem is. And that we're willing to lose elections to do what is best for the country. And that's what's not happening now."

A confident Treasury Secretary was upbeat on two counts this morning: first predicting congress will ultimately pass a bill to increase the us debt ceiling. And second spiraling gas prices may hurt at home, but won't knock the nation's recovery off stride:

Timothy Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury NBC’s “Meet the Press”:
"At this level, there's a measurable impact on the economy, but it's an impact we can withstand, we can absorb, because the economy itself is still gradually getting stronger. You know, we've now had about 18 months of positive growth."

The nation's Transportation Secretary put out some new work hour guidelines aimed at easing the troublesome issue of air traffic controllers napping on duty. But Ray LaHood was not about to defend the week's other hot airline story, the thorough pat-down of a 6-year-old airline passenger

Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation, on "Fox News Sunday":
WALLACE: While all of this is going on at airports, the TSA, the Transportation Security Administration, another piece of tape, decided to pat down a 6-year-old girl in New Orleans a few days ago. She got very upset, understandably, and started crying. I know you don't control TSA, but as a government administrator, what do you think of that?
LAHOOD: Well, I'm going to let Mr. Pistole deal with that, Chris.
WALLACE: The head of the TSA?
LAHOOD: He is the head of the TSA.
WALLACE: Does that seem a little nuts to you?
LAHOOD: Look, I have nine grandchildren. I wouldn't want my granddaughter treated like that.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. diridi

    Trump, Can I be your VP, please, I will work for half....

    April 17, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. jim

    "TRUMP: – Candy, Candy, in the old days, when you have a war and you win, that nation is yours."

    first of all, this isn't the old days. anyone who thinks like trump does will never lead me or this country.

    April 17, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. Tim Omaggio

    I"m really surprised at the lack of follow up questions sometimes when guests make outrageous comments. John Hofmeister said that nobody is really making money in oil except for foreign oil interests. Really? Exxon Mobil, Chevron and all the others aren't making money? Every time oil and gas go up, their profits go up. Those profits for the top oil companies are measured in the tens of billions. What is he talking about and where was the challenge from Candy? As for Trump, half of what he says, at least, needs to be challenged.

    April 17, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. OneMoreTime

    Candy Crowley held her own with Trump, as best can be done. That said, after what has been reported he said
    during his Tea Party speech, along with the latest e-mail sent by Marilyn Davenport, Republican party central
    committee member, California, and tea party activist depicting a chimp family with President Obama's face interposed
    on the head of a baby chimp only amplifies that they are a racist organization and Trump is proud to be one of them,
    especially his birther remarks. Then he said he would "take their oil", speaking of Libya, and that if you have a war and
    win "that Nation is yours". His bullying and ignorance of global diplomacy make him very dangerous. The
    Tea Party is dangerous, and all who cozy up to them are dangerous. Before you misunderstand, interviews are
    not coziness, they are necessary so we can truly learn the agendas of these people, and they are scarey.

    April 17, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |