July 10th, 2011
02:13 PM ET
12 years ago

Sound of Sunday

"State of the Union" highlights:

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Majority Whip) on CNN’s State of the Union:
“Boehner has been very clear that there are no votes for a tax increase. And you look at the jobs data, it was only 18,000 jobs, Canada has fewer people than live in California, created more jobs than America. You would not increase taxes on the small business, which is what the president wants to do. All that Boehner said was, you've had a negotiation with Cantor, with Kyl, with Biden. They've gotten $2.4 trillion in cuts. So what he's saying is, let's go there, there's no taxes, there are cuts right there, but why don't you also get a balanced budget?”

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Majority Whip) on CNN’s State of the Union:

“We're willing to set out a framework that puts America back on a real track, where it has tax reform, where it reforms the process. Then you close the loopholes… We've passed nine bills that would create more than half a million jobs that have been lingering in the Senate. So I don't think the premise of where we have been has always been out in front. There are not enough - there are no votes on the Republican side.”

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Majority Whip) on CNN’s State of the Union:
“I'm tired of the gimmicks, I'm tired of the budget tricks and the accounting tricks that goes forward. This has to be an honest approach. We are at a threshold that we need to change. We are not losing jobs because our credit card didn't have a higher limit. We are losing our jobs because we are spending too much. It's not that difficult to do. We have sat in the room honestly with the Democrats, we have moved forward with them all the way. But they keep saying one thing, they want to raise more taxes.”

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Ranking Member, Budget Committee) on CNN’s State of the Union:
“This is a huge missed opportunity for the country to get a significant deficit reduction package in a balanced way. And if they refuse to do that, then we're really back - not at square one, but we're really - it's a major setback. Because while we made some progress in the Biden talks, our Republican colleagues are - they're dreaming if they think we had $2.4 trillion in cuts. We were nowhere close to that.”

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Ranking Member, Budget Committee) on CNN’s State of the Union:

“…we're not proposing that these changes go into effect immediately. We're talking about phased in over a ten-year period, number one. Number two, we all know that during the Clinton administration when you add higher tax rates for the folks at the top, we had a booming economy, 20 million jobs were created, and the rub is this, the most important factor for economic growth are not small changes in the top tax rate. There are many other factors in the economy.”

Rick Santorum (R-Presidential Candidate) on CNN’s State of the Union:
CROWLEY: "Tell me about your fundraising after a report on the15th, we have seen some people's numbers. Where are your numbers going to come out?”
SANTORUM: “They're going to come in very much at the low end. I mean, we just announced for president pretty much... “
CROWLEY: “Under a couple million?”
SANTORUM: “Yeah, we'll be under that. But our feeling is, I mean, I did not have my first fund-raiser until the last week of June. So we really didn't focus on raising money.”

Rick Santorum (R-Presidential Candidate) on CNN’s State of the Union on The Family Leader marriage pledge:
“Look, when I first read it I was taken aback, but I can't argue that I wasn't, but I understand why they are saying that. Because it does undermined peoples' respect for the institution, respect for the people governing this country. If you can't be faithful to the people that you are closest to, then how can we count on you to be faithful to those that you represent. So, I understand why they are saying it. You know, would I preferred it in there or not? I was not expecting it to be in there, but I certainly felt comfortable saying it.”

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on CNN’s State of the Union:

“…between 2014 and 2015, I am very hopeful that you will see American astronauts climb back aboard American-produced spacecraft to go to the International Space Station, and not very long after that start flying some test hops on a NASA-led effort to explore beyond low Earth orbit, go to deep space.”

Sound of Sunday:

Tense relations between the U.S. and Pakistan have hit the bottom line with White House Chief of Staff William Daley confirming U.S. aid to Pakistan is being withheld pending better behavior out of Islamabad.

White House Chief of Staff William Daley on ABC’s “This Week”:
“Right now they've taken some steps that have given us reason to pause on some of the aid which we're giving to the military, and we're trying to work through that... But the Pakistani relationship is difficult, but it must be made to work over time. But until we get through these difficulties, we'll hold back some of the money that the American taxpayers have committed to give.”

In advance of tonight’s debt reduction meeting at the White House, the Obama administration sent Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner onto the airwaves for yet another red alert about what will happen if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on CBS’s “Face the Nation”:
“No responsible leader would say the United States of America for the first time in its history should not pay its bills and meet its obligations. That would be catastrophic for the economy. Everybody understands that.”

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says he’s for a big deal, as long as it doesn’t include tax increases. He insists just talking about it has spooked the marketplace.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) on “Fox News Sunday”:

“Look, if you are in the private sector right now and you're trying to decide whether to expand, what do you see the government doing? Proposing to raise taxes, borrowing, spending, over-regulating. It's not a very reassuring message if you're running a business, if you look at the federal government today.”

On the 2012 beat, as the campaign of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann gains traction, some pundits are writing off the presidential bid of Tim Pawlenty. But this morning, the former Minnesota governor was alive and kicking – hard.

Tim Pawlenty (R-Presidential Candidate) on NBC’s “Meet the Press”:

“Well I like Congresswoman Bachmann - I've campaigned for her, I respect her - but her record of accomplishment in Congress is nonexistent. It's nonexistent. And so, we're not looking for folks who just have speech capabilities, we're looking for people who can lead a large enterprise in a public setting and drive it to conclusion. I've done that, she hasn't.”

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Clint from Texas

    I have voted Dem once in my life JFK in college. However, that is getting ready to change. I cannot and will not tolerate what the GOP is doing to the USA just to appease it's mouth breathing Tea Party base.

    July 10, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. John

    The tax cuts that you keep giving the RICH don't work . They haven't make any more JOBS IN OVER SIX YEARS and they are not going to work. If you rise the taxes on the RICH and when the Economy get better they will hirer more people because there Business will go up. The more thing they sell the more help they are going to need. Taking everything from the Middle Class ,the Poor and the OLD and the disable. Than who going to buy the thing the Rich are trying to sell. This even work for small Business , If there on one have the money to buy what they are selling what good Is IT. Tax cuts for the RICH and tax loophole for big Business only make them Richer. The Republican and the Tea PARTY IS MAKING AMERICA WORST NOT BETTER. All the Republican have done Is say NO and give rich tax break. I don't even think they deserve to be pay for the three years of no.

    July 10, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Mindie in Indie

    why is it the Republicans won't even think about removing the tax subsidies from big corporations and make the rich pay their fare share instead of using every loop hole [proposed BY the rich to HELP the rich] available to avoid paying federal taxes. Why is it that the Republicans time and time again throw the sick, elderly and disabled under the bus...people who are too weak to fight back. WHY???? Tax breaks don't create jobs (at least not in America). Big corporations don't need our tax subsidies...it's boggles the mind...until you remember it's the Republican way – GOP=Greed Over People

    July 10, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. Sgt Schultz

    Time-out...the Republicans doubled the Defense Budget, created massive new agencies in the name of security. spent a boatload of $ on Corporate Welfare for the Big Pharma...then cut tax revenue by trillions. Kevin MacCarthy and friends are doing their best sheister used car salesman pitch to justify a horrible agenda that is placing all the tax burden on the middle class.

    July 10, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. paul

    Republicans: "Don't raise taxes on small business". Translation: Don't even think about taxing the richest people that give to my." Fact is the Obama administration has done more to help small businesses than any president for a long time. What the Republicans are doing to hold this country hostage for their rich donors is simply wrong.

    July 10, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans argument that raising taxes is not a reassuring message if you're running a business is conflicting because what supports business is the consumer; if the consumer has no buying power, jobs, a business goes defunct like many have. The only people that capitalize from the Republicans argument is oil companies and big corporations who do business outside this country because they are greedy and have enormous profits.

    July 10, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. SecedingfromTexas

    I read an article by Robert Brown in which he points out that not too long ago the Republicans wanted a huge spending
    cut, in fact referred to it as the "Tea Party Manifesto", $4T or more in cuts.
    So, President Obama said OK, $4T in cuts over 10 years.
    Now, "all of sudden" they want smaller cuts, so what gives?
    He quoted David Brookes as saying that some Republican groups are showing "no sense of moral decency".
    These cuts are the "Mother of no-brainers" and are the "deal of the century".
    So, when I see these Republicans on 'State of the Union' talking in riddles, lying, pretending they care, I can't
    believe they are so blatant in their one-horse mindset: Get rid of Obama, and take American down too if you have to.
    McConnell said "there is always a contingency plan", but he refuses to say what it is. They ARE playing
    games, and America continues to suffer for it.
    I'm not going to be so bashful and fearful to speak out the next time my Representative contacts me, although
    I'll never know why he ever did in the first place.
    There is no defensible argument for these tactics, and I just hope and pray the voters of America will wake
    up soon, put aside their hate, and think like Americans.

    July 10, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. tony

    Why even in 10th year of the Bush Tax massive cuts for rich (non-business) individuals, have they not created the millions of jobs promised? Or even clawed back some of the millions that our rich US investors pushed overseas?

    July 10, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. RJWTimes Bradford England

    Obama, and I am a Democrat, has got to come to the table and realize that the deficit needs cutting. It is way too high. $100trn. That is massive. The deficit is too big to be put on the table at a later date. We have had the jobs creation report out and only 18000 jobs were created, if I am not mistaken. The deficit, therefore, would not be paid off. We can't fool or gamble around with the economy; it is too important an issue, and therefore we don't know how little growth there will be in the future to pay it off.

    July 10, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Tony in Maine

    What happened on the streets of Athens will look like a kindergarten Valentine Party compared to what will happen here when the middle class finally wakes up to the fact that they are no more.

    July 10, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |