Two days before voters in Wisconsin go to the polls for a gubernatorial recall election, Democrat candidate Tom Barrett talked to Candy about the reasons for the recall and his chances of victory. Virginia governor Bob McDonnell talked about the local and national implications of the Wisconsin election. Outgoing Republican Senator Dick Lugar joined his Democrat colleague, Sen. Mark Warner to assess the future of bipartisanship in Congress, the upcoming fiscal cliff and the way forward in dealing with the violence in Syria. Our team of economic experts dissected May’s unemployment report and what it means for the 2012 race. Finally, we heard from our viewers following our Veterans Affairs program last week.
A follow-up to our Serving those Who Serve special, with stories of U.S. military veterans and service members lost in the system.
Mark Zandi, Stephen Moore and Dan Balz join Candy to assess the state of the economy after Friday's poor jobs report
Sen. Dick Lugar and Sen. Mark Warner on the US's options in dealing with the bloodshed in Syria
“I would say specifically we ought to work with the Turks to set up some zones in Turkey's territory guarded by Turks that Syrians can retreat to, so-called safe zones. We ought to increase the sanctions on the government of Syria and the central bank sanctions as well as all others that people can cooperate in, to bring economic pressures, try to reinforce the diplomatic train. In other words, as opposed to dismissing Kofi Annan and the peace people, we ought to try to strengthen the hand so we get some talks going with the Syrian government.”
Sen. Dick Lugar and Sen. Mark Warner on the chances of bipartisan action by Congress in this election year.
“The notion that this election is going to be so overwhelming for one side or the other that there will be a clear picture and one party is going to be able to rule the roost, I just don't see that happening. And with the rest of the world moving ahead, we've got to find that common ground on particularly I believe that debt and deficit issue. Nothing would do more to jump start our economy than to put that type of bipartisan plan in place to get this economy going.”
Republican Governors Association Chairman Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday's recall and the 2012 race.
“It's about a governor campaigning and saying elect me and I will do certain things to create more jobs and get our fiscal house in order. And this is a guy that's kept his word and I think the voters will reward him for his courage.”
Milwaukee mayor and Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett joins Candy ahead of Tuesday's recall election.
“Scott Walker wants to make this a national race because he wants to be on the national stage as the rock star of the far right, as the poster boy of the Tea Party. That's not what I'm interested in. I'm not going to be the rock star of the far right and frankly the rock star of the far left. I'm focusing on this state because that's what's important to me.”
Good Sunday morning. Our staff is coming in morning to prepare a great program for you. Prepare along with us – check out what we're reading this morning.
On our radar: Wisconsin's recall election, the ceaseless unrest in Syria and the Middle East, and a pretty dismal May jobs report.
Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch our exclusive interviews with Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett and the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. We'll also talk with Sens. Mark Warner and Dick Lugar about the state of bipartisanship in Congress and the unraveling of Syria. And we'll wrap up with our economic roundtable: Dan Balz of the Washington Post, Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal and Mark Zandi of Moody's Analytics.
State of the Union airs today at its regular time of 9 a.m. ET. Due to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the program will not re-air at noon ET.
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