CNN's GUT CHECK for September 27, 2013
September 27th, 2013
05:35 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 27, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for September 27, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: 34 YEARS OF PRESIDENTIAL SILENCE BROKEN President Barack Obama said he spoke by phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the first communication between U.S. and Iranian leaders since 1979. As Obama announced the call, Rouhani tweeted, “In a phone conversation b/w #Iranian & #US Presidents just now: @HassanRouhani: ‘Have a Nice Day!’ @BarackObama: ‘Thank you. Khodahafez.’”

– The call took place at about 2:30 p.m. ET and lasted roughly 15 minutes.
– President Obama opened it by congratulating President Rouhani on his election.
– The bulk of the call focused on the nuclear issue.
– Both leaders agreed needed to build trust.

EXCLUSIVE: ROMNEY BLAMES LOSS ON THE 17%: SAYS LACK OF LATINO OUTREACH COST HIM THE ELECTION… Today on The Lead with Jake Tapper, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney sat down for an exclusive interview:

ROMNEY: “I think our biggest strategic error - I mean, I made a lot of personal errors that a human being is going to make. … But the largest strategic error was not investing sufficiently, particularly in Hispanic TV and Hispanic outreach to help Hispanic voters understand that ours is the party of opportunity, that ours is the party that will help them have a brighter future, better jobs, better teaching for their kids. We didn't do that as well as we could have, and we didn't encounter some of the very effective, you know, attack ads that came through Hispanic TV. They ran more effective ads and they made a bigger effort with the Hispanic voters than we did. And we need to fix that."

OBAMA WARNS CONGRESS: Speaking in the White House press briefing room, Obama said: “My message to Congress is this: Do not shut down the government. Do not shut down the economy. Pass a budget on time. Pay our bills on time. Refocus on the everyday concerns of the American people.”

MARKET WATCH: Dow and S&P finish the week down 1%. Nasdaq ekes out a gain.

(Answer below)
During the Clinton presidency, what was Chelsea Clinton's Secret Service code name?

MARK (@PrestonCNN), MICHELLE (@mjaconiCNN) & DAN (@DanMericaCNN)
What caught our eye today in politics

When Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas delivered a marathon speech to advocate for defunding Obamacare in a bill tied to shutting down the government, he was joined by two other potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates: Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida.

Not every possible 2016 GOP candidate agrees with the three senators. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is advocating against shutting down the government.

"I think there's got to be a solution other than that," Christie said in an interview with CBS. "I think quite frankly, to be fair, I don't think you hear responsible Republican leaders advocating a shutdown of the government."

Christie continued: "I think it's always irresponsible if you're running the government to be advocating for shutting it down. That by definition is a failure. You got to work it out."

Election Day 2016 is 1,138 days away – but clearly the positioning has already begun.

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Leading CNNPolitics: Senate tosses shutdown hot potato back to House
In a congressional version of hot potato, the Senate on Friday passed a short-term spending plan that would prevent a looming government shutdown and sent it to the House for a weekend showdown between Republican tea party conservatives and their more moderate party leaders. – Tom Cohen

Leading Drudge: Obama Negotiates With Tehran But Not Republicans In Congress
“Just now I spoke on the phone with President Rouhani of the Islamic Republic of Iran," he said. "The two of us discussed our ongoing efforts to reach an agreement over Iran's nuclear program.” – Daniel Halper

Leading HuffPo: 'We Face A Clear Danger'
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) warned Thursday that a coming Supreme Court case that could ultimately eliminate certain campaign contribution limits is a "clear danger" that threatens to expand the influence of large and wealthy corporations on elections. – Paul Blumenthal

Leading Politico: Chelsea Clinton in charge
People familiar with the foundation’s work say reports that the organization was a mess before — and that the ship has suddenly been righted by Chelsea Clinton — are overblown. Still, the undercurrent of the week, and the subtext of stories indicating turmoil and recent change at the foundation, has been that she is now a major force in steering her parents’ charitable work. – Maggie Haberman

Leading The New York Times: Uninsured Americans Divided on Impact of Health Care Law
As the Obama administration continues its campaign to convince millions of uninsured Americans that they will benefit from the law, a New York Times/CBS News poll shows that skepticism remains. – Allison Kopicki

Gut Check Full Service: CNN is putting together a wide range of fact checks on assertions politicians are making about Obamacare – from “Obamacare has hurt millions of Small Businesses” from Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas to President Barack Obama’s claim that you can keep your own doctor on Obamacare. Here is a link to this great resource.

The political bites of the day

- Harkin: Politics today as dangerous as the Civil War -
DEMOCRATIC SEN. TOM HARKIN OF IOWA IN A SPEECH ON THE SENATE FLOOR: “A small group of willful men and women who have a certain ideology about how our country should run and what we should do cannot get their way in a normal discourse and votes. Since they can’t get their way, they’re going to create this confusion and discourse and hope the public is so mixed up in who to blame for this that perhaps they’ll blame both sides. That is the path they see for taking over the government. It’s dangerous, very dangerous. ... Every bit as dangerous as the break up and the Civil War.”

- Colorful language runs rampant in Senate debate on Obamacare -
DEMOCRATIC SEN. ED MARKEY OF MASSACHUSETTS IN A SPEECH ON THE SENATE FLOOR: "Shutting down the government for Obamacare is like canceling the World Series because your team didn't make it. Obamacare is the law. You can't cancel the government. You can't cancel the World Series."
REPUBLICAN SEN. TED CRUZ OF TEXAS IN A SPEECH ON THE SENATE FLOOR: "It is not easy to disagree with your political party but at the end of the day what we are doing here is bigger than partisan politics. What we are doing here is fighting for 300 million Americans across this great country. So I hope when this issue comes back, when the House stands their ground and sends this back to us that instead of just exercising brute political power, as this body is getting ready to do, I hope that Senate democrats begin listening."

- Reid fundraises off of Obamacare, government shutdown fight -
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID IN AN EMAIL TO SUPPORTERS: “I'm tired of the Tea Party’s obsession with defunding a program that is giving millions of Americans affordable health care. I'm sick of Tea Party members acting like grade school bullies, then trying to blame us for their obstruction. I want us to raise $5,000 before the FEC quarter ends on September 30th to show we’re ready to break Republican obstruction and move America forward. Contribute $5 or more to help.”

- Iran’s president sees positive steps with U.S. -
IRANIAN PRESIDENT HASSAN ROUHANI AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK CITY BEFORE HIS CALL WITH OBAMA: “In speaking with senior European Union officials and hearing Mr. Obama, the president of the United States, it seemed that they sounded different compared to the past. And I view that as a positive step in the settlement of the difference between the Islamic republic of Iran and the West.”

- The problem with the postal service in one announcement -
CONAN O’BRIEN ON HIS LATE NIGHT COMEDY SHOW: “The U.S. Postmaster General said that the postal service has to raise postage rates due to financial troubles. Yeah. The Postmaster conveyed this news in an email.”

GUT CHECK DVR: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers, one of Boehner’s top deputies, joins Candy Crowley on the shutdown showdown, GOP infighting, and the deal to raise the nation’s debt limit. The interview will air Sunday at 9 a.m. ET on State of the Union with Candy Crowley.

What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly)
Former George H.W. Bush advisor Diane Ravitch explains why she turned on the education reform movement.

Brookings Governance (@BrookingsGS)
"Political terrorism" is the only phrase I can think of to describe the impending government shutdown – @algore #CEPM

Drew Cline (@DrewHampshire)
I wonder what Al Gore's former campaign manager would think of his calling Republicans terrorists.

Lisa Mascaro (@LisaMascaroinDC)
Uh-oh. The #Senate Chaplain opened the day's business with a prayer for #Congress: "Deliver us from a governing crisis."

Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger)
My motto: any GOP governor over any US senator for 2016 pres. nominee

Justin Elliott (@JustinElliott)
“an NSA employee for five years snooped on the phone calls of nine female foreign nationals” MT @IsikoffNBC Loveint

Reid Wilson (@PostReid)
FBI estimates $2.5 billion is wagered illegally on March Madness. Gaming industry estimates $80-$90 million wagered legally.

Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols)
ICYMI: The amazing emotional exceptional video of Mariano Rivera getting "pulled" in his final game at Yankee Stadium


The Secret Service has a serious and harrowing job: protecting the leader of the free world, his family and colleagues.

Despite this seriousness, the code names they give those people that they protect are both lighthearted and descriptive.

JFK was Lancer, while Lyndon Johnson, was Volunteer. Betty Ford, was known as Pinafore and Nancy Reagan, Rainbow.

A personal favorite of Gut Check's is Ronald Reagan's nickname: Rawhide. But we digress.

Chelsea Clinton's nickname while living in the White House was descriptive for a 12-year old girl: Energy.

The reason for this nickname was because Clinton was incredibly active and involved as a child.

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Congratulations to Erin (@Erin_in_AR) for correctly answering today's Gut Check trivia question. Happy Friday all.

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  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    We have the opportunity to get rid of Republicans this year and in next years mid terms. Don't sit out next years mid terms like you did in 2010. Look what your complacency got us!

    September 27, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. GonzoinHouston

    Nothing will be accomplished just by talking with Iran. On the other hand, nothing will ever be accomplished UNTIL we start talking with Iran. This is a good first step.

    September 27, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |