CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 8, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
DEVELOPING… THE WAR TO DEFINE WHO IS MORE OUT OF TOUCH HEATS UP… President Barack Obama, at the White House podium 11:01 a.m. ET: “We created 4.3 million jobs over the last two, 27 months, over 800,000 just this year alone. The private sector's doing fine. Where we're seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government, oftentimes cuts initiated by, you know, governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government and who don't have the same flexibility as the federal government in dealing with fewer revenues coming in.”
Mitt Romney, 12:08 p.m. ET: “For the president of the United States to stand up and say the private sector is doing fine is going to go down in history. It's an extraordinary miscalculation and misunderstanding by a president who is out of touch.”
Gov. Chris Christie, 12:24 p.m. ET: “He has the audacity to stand up this morning and say that it's the nation’s governors and mayors who are driving our economy down by not hiring enough people for government work. If you need to understand with any more clarity the difference between conservative Republican principals and the president you don't need to listen to one more word in this campaign than what he said behind that podium at the White House today."
Speaker of the House John Boehner, 12:31 p.m. ET: “Mr. President, I used to run a small business. And, Mr. President, take it from me, the private sector is not doing well.”
Obama, take two at the White House, 3:06 p.m. ET: “The economy is not doing fine. There are too many people out of work. The housing market is still weak and too many homes under water and that is precisely why I asked Congress to start taking some steps to make a difference. Now, if you look at what I said this morning and what I have been saying consistently over the last year, we have actually seen some good momentum in the private sector.”
On September 27, 1777, where did the U.S. Congress meet?
On Fridays we like to learn from people who see politics through a passionate lens and learn from their view. At a fund-raiser event in San Antonio earlier this week, Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential candidate said what happened in Wisconsin "will echo throughout the country." Is he right? Will there be a Walker Effect - especially on union politics this cycle?
Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait), Columnist for New York magazine
“Walker’s win will certainly provide a blueprint for fellow Republicans. When they gain a majority, they can quickly move to not just wrest concessions from public sector unions but completely destroy them, which in turn eliminates one of the strongest sources of political organization for the Democratic Party. And whatever backlash develops, it’s probably not enough to outweigh the political benefit. Walker has pioneered a tactic that will likely become a staple of Republican governance. “
David Frum (@davidfrum), Contributing editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast and a CNN contributor
“We are in an age of economic and fiscal disappointment, an age of austerity and Wisconsin confirms and deepens the trend that public sector unions will not be exempt. During the good years, wages and benefits in the public sector rose faster than wages in the private sector. They are going to be coming down fast in the years ahead.”
Did you miss it?
Leading CNNPolitics: Obama: Leak allegations 'offensive'
President Barack Obama said Friday he finds Republican accusations that his administration deliberately leaked classified information about a U.S cyber attack on Iran's nuclear centrifuge program "offensive." – CNN Wire Staff
Leading Drudge: Detroit 'Broke In 1 Week'
Detroit will run out of cash a week from today if a lawsuit challenging the validity of the city's consent agreement with the state is not withdrawn, city officials said this morning. – Suzette Hackney and Matt Helms
Leading HuffPo: Bill Clinton Embraced By GOP As A Weapon Against Obama
Republicans who tried to strip Bill Clinton of his presidency have eagerly embraced the Democrat, taking his words on taxes and decisions on Bosnia and using them to pound another Democratic president, Barack Obama. – Donna Cassata
Leading Politico: 3 health care scenarios for the president
Barack Obama and his team know the health care law will be the defining legislative accomplishment of his term. But that doesn’t mean they want it to be the defining issue of the 2012 campaign. – Jennifer Haberkorn, Glenn Thrush and Darren Samuelsohn
Leading New York Times: Ruling Clears Way for 9/11 Health Fund to Cover Cancers
A federal health official’s ruling has cleared the way for 50 different types of cancer to be added to the list of sicknesses covered by a $4.3 billion fund set up to compensate and treat people exposed to the toxic smoke, dust and fumes in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.
The political bites of the day
- POTUS offended by the notion that his White House is leaking -
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AT A WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING BY THE PRESIDENT: “The notion that my White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive. It's wrong. And, you know, people I think need to have the better sense of how I approach this office and how the people around me here approach this office.”
- Hope you don't notice my father's one year, 26 day campaign in a two-year term -
SEN. RAND PAUL AT A CPAC SPEECH IN ROSEMONT, ILLINOIS: “As we spiral headlong towards the debt crisis. The great speech maker in chief has no plan to reform entitlements. He refuses to even present a plan. Instead President Obama is taking the last year and a half of his presidency to campaign.”
- Santorum: Romney is good, but I would have been better -
RICK SANTORUM AT A MEDIA AVAILABILITY AT CPAC IN ROSEMONT, ILLINOIS: “We can not afford four more years of President Obama. We can not afford what he is going to do to the economy, what he is doing to the culture, what he is doing to the security of our country, what he is doing to the fundamental freedoms we have in this country and Gov. Romney is a tremendous improvement from that. As I said during the campaign, I think we could have been even more of an improvement, but that issue is passed. Gov. Romney is a dramatic and important improvement that is why we are behind him.”
- A little bipartisan teasing -
JAY LENO JOKES ABOUT BOTH MITT ROMNEY AND JOE BIDEN ON HIS LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW: “It's coming down to the wire for Mitt Romney. He’s got to think about picking a vice president pretty soon. And it's kind of a tough situation because political pundits say he needs to select a running mate that is duller than he is. The only problem is that guy is already vice president.”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
When Philadelphia was captured by the British in September of 1777, the Continental Congress, who had been meeting in the historic city, was forced to flee. On September 27, 1777, the Continental Congress met in Lancaster, Pennsylvania as they trekked across the state.
The Congress met in the Lancaster Court House and for that one day, Lancaster was considered the capital of the United States.
On September 28, the day after the meeting, the statesmen left Lancaster, crossing the Susquehanna River to meet in York, Pennsylvania. York had the honor of entertaining the congress for longer than a day – they stayed from September 30, 1777 to June 2, 1778.
In October of 2011, the Lancaster City Council official recognized September 27 as Capital Day, a city holiday to recognize the time that Lancaster spent as the capital of the United States.
Other cities that have acted as the capital of the United States: Princeton, New Jersey; Annapolis, Maryland and Trenton, New Jersey (where Congress met in the French Arms Tavern).
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Congratulations to Drew Cline (@DrewHampshire) for correctly answering Gut Check Trivia today. Though Cline first answered York, Pennsylvania, he quickly corrected his mistake and tweeted the correct answer – Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It is Friday and Gut Check is in a good mood… so we will allow second chances.
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