CNN's GUT CHECK for July 27, 2012
July 27th, 2012
05:26 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for July 27, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 27, 2012 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

JUST IN: DOW HITS 13,000 AS STOCKS RALLY… U.S. stocks rallied Friday on hopes that central banks in Europe and the United States will take steps to support the economy. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 188 points, or 1.5%, to end above the 13,000 mark, a psychologically important level it has not crossed since early May.

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What former candidate for president and vice president won an Olympic gold medal?

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What caught our eye today in politics

On Fridays, we like to learn from analysts and authors about their views of politics from their perch of inquiry. This week, we look west to Aspen, Colorado, where CNN is co-sponsoring the Aspen Institute’s Security Forum. We asked two very well-respected voices on national security and diplomacy, former Rep. Jane Harman, D-California, and former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill two political questions as we head into the final stretch of the presidential campaign.

What national security question do the candidates need to talk about that they have yet to address?

Former Rep. Jane Harman, president of the Woodrow Wilson Center

“Certainly, what I think voters are looking for is how the presidential candidates are going to protect America. Do they put America first rather than partisanship first? You know the terrorists are not going to check our registration before they blow us up. And so the person who can articulate that better is going to get some more support. Making terrorism a partisan issue I think is a very risky path.”

Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill, dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at University of Denver

“I think we need to discuss the fact that the world is still a very unsafe place and what is needed is a sustainable policy going forward. And a sustainable policy is not just to talk tough, but it is also the ability to identify resources that Americans will support the allocation of.”

This is the first time in nearly 70 years that neither political party will have a nominee who has served in the military. How does a lack of military service affect a president’s decision-making process on national security and defense issues?

Former Rep. Jane Harman, president of the Woodrow Wilson Center

“No, it doesn’t matter. It depends on how they perform and not whether they fought in the military. Obviously, support for the military, I think, is non-negotiable. But there are many great leaders in our past who did not have military experience.”

Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill, dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at University of Denver

“I rate it fairly low right now, and I think when you had no draft for some 40 years we need to get used to that concept. And moreover, I would say that understanding what is needed in these trouble spots out there is not just a background in the military, it may be a background in some other things as well.”

To learn more about what the leading thinkers in intelligence, national security and diplomacy are discussing at the conference check out the CNN Security Clearance blog.

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Did you miss it?

Leading CNNPolitics: Romney overseas trip begins in shambles
He's the "Party Pooper" in the Daily Mail, "Nowhere Man" in the Times of London and "Mitt the Twit" in The Sun. This was not the storyline Mitt Romney and his team wanted when they journeyed overseas. – Jim Acosta

Leading Drudge: Let The Games Begin (No, You Can't Watch)
Despite NBC promising more than 3,500 hours of live video from the London 2012 Olympics, American viewers will still not be able to (legally) watch the opening ceremonies live, even online.

Leading HuffPo: Mitt Romney Olympics Gaffe 'Insulted Everybody,' Harry Reid Says
Mitt Romney embarrassed the United States, and himself, by going to London and insulting the British in advance of the Olympics, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday evening. – Sam Stein and Ryan Grim

Leading Politico: New GDP numbers add to old worries for Obama
Fresh evidence of a significantly slowing U.S. economy Friday posed new headaches for President Barack Obama’s re-election bid – coming on top of weak readings in recent weeks on employment numbers and concerns that the seemingly endless European debt crisis will keep the American economy from getting off the mat. – Patrick Reis and MJ Lee

Leading The New York Times: For the United States, Arab Spring Raises Question of Values Versus Interests
The popular uprisings that have swept the region since Mr. Obama’s speech in Cairo have upended an authoritarian order that was largely congenial to the United States. While they may have brought Arab nations closer than ever to fulfilling of the promise of self-determination that has echoed through the speeches of American presidents since Woodrow Wilson at the end of the First World War, they have also imperiled crucial American allies, empowered antagonistic Islamists, and unleashed sectarian animosities that threaten to drag the whole region toward chaos. – David Kirkpatrick

The political bites of the day

- After questioning security, Romney is ‘absolutely convinced’ London is ready -
MITT ROMNEY IN AN INTERVIEW WITH NBC: “I’m absolutely convinced the people here are ready for the Games. In just a few moments all the things politicians say will get swept away because the athletes finally take the stage. The Games are about the athletes. That’s why the Games virtually anywhere they have been have been highly successful.”

- Just a bit of coincidence, says Carney on Israeli security bill signing -
PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY AT THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING: “The fact that Congress passed this legislation - bipartisan piece of legislation - and that it arrived at the White House in recent days made signing of it this week necessary. And, you know, I understand the coincidence, but the fact is our cooperation with Israel on its security is a subject we could discuss everyday because there are things that take place in that relationship and in our assistance is real everyday. So, the fact of the matter is we combined the two today. We could have spread it out over a couple of days but figured that the Iron Dome transfer was so related to the legislation that we could knock them both out in one day.”

- Boston pounces on the struggling GDP number -
GLENN HUBBARD, ECONOMIC ADVISER FOR MITT ROMNEY, ON A CONFERENCE CALL: “The growth rate that we have seen over the course of the past three years is about half of the quarterly average growth rate in the post-war period up until that point. From an economist’s perspective there are a couple of things noteworthy here: At 1½ percent we are just maybe over half of what most economists would say potential growth in the US economy. That gives you a sense of why the job market is struggling so much. And the recovery itself lacks some wind and oxygen; it isn't like a typical post-war recovery where its seen much more vigorous growth.”

- When food takes political positions -
STEPHEN COLBERT JOKES ABOUT THE BREWING CHICK-FIL-A CONTROVERSY ON HIS LATE-NIGHT COMEDY NEWS SHOW: “The greatest thing about this controversy I believe is that we have finally managed to politicize yet another part of our lives. I mean, I’ve got to know what positions my food has taken on all the issues. For example, I love Carl’s Jr. Western Burger. It must be anti-Obamacare because it is clearly trying to kill us. And whenever I go to Applebee’s, I insist on only right wings. After all, you are what you eat.”

What stopped us in 140 characters or less







In the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, France, Benjamin McLane Spock won a gold medal in rowing while still a student at Yale University.

Though Spock did not continue to row competitively, he did go on to become a notable pediatrician and political activist.

In fact, Spock was nominated as Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1967 vice-presidential candidate while at the National Conference for New Politics in Chicago. After that candidacy failed to take off, Spock ran for president in 1972 as the leader of the People’s Party.

According to pamphlets from his candidacy, Spock’s platform included free medical care and the legalization of abortion, homosexuality and marijuana. Addtionally, Spock advocated for the withdrawal of all American troops from all foreign countries – particularly Vietnam.

After going nowhere in 1972, Spock was nominated as the party’s vice-presidential candidate in 1976 – with Margaret Wright as the presidential candidate. That candidacy, again, went nowhere and the party broke up in the late 1970s.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mitt's new bumper sticker, "Representation without paying my taxation."

    July 27, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." --B. Obama

    Rasmussen has Romney up 49% to 44% over the uhbama.


    July 27, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Mitt the Twit. It's his new INTERNATIONAL NAME.

    July 27, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  4. onevoice

    Mittens has a BLACK BELT in LYING. You don't believe me? GOGGLE IT

    July 27, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. kavya

    Okay.. today DOW hit 13,000. When President Obama took over office, DOW was hoovering around 6500. So.. Obama get the blame (as all GOPers doing) or credit for pulling the DOW up to this level? Let us not forget that 6500 level was brought in by GOPers to begin with.

    July 27, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. J.V.Hodgson

    He, Mitts has only visited one country so far and already he is in diplomatic hot water... the minefield that is israel and the middle east willonly result in the diplomatic hot water scalding him again. In Poland so close to Americas gratest geo political threat, he's already hurt Polands desires from thousands of miles away.
    My issue is not necesarily with just Mitts foreign policy diplomacy skills but if he really wanted to promote his economic and busines skills It might have been a good plan to visit Germany and France to get a better feel for the Euro economic downturn and plans to resolve it. Or ideas for US benefit which he could store up until and if he becomes President.

    July 28, 2012 04:21 am at 4:21 am |
  7. What?

    Obama's definition of "fair share" of taxes – 100%

    July 28, 2012 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  8. sam barber

    When will the media have the nerve to point out how the congressional GOP has blocked all of President Obama's attempts at strengthening the economy? Sooner or later, the endless filibustering of the Senate and the obfuscation of the House must be pointed out.

    July 28, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  9. Larry L

    Where's those tax returns Mitt? We see you even when you're hiding in Europe – insulting our Allies and making a fool of yourself. Where's those returns that show you have no ethics, cheated people, and paid no taxes?

    July 28, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Wire Palladin, S. F.
    Mitt's new bumper sticker, "Representation without paying my taxation."◄
    Blunder after Blunder because I lack foreign country operations

    July 28, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |