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.
State of the Union Highlights
Mayor Tom Barrett, (D) Wisconsin Gubernatorial Candidate on Gov. Scott Walker
“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.”
Gov. Bob McDonnell, (R) Virginia on Gov. Scott Walker
“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.”
Gov. Bob McDonnell, (R) Virginia on President Obama’s policies
CROWLEY: “Do you credit President Obama at all for the good fortune Virginia has? He's done nothing at all to help you all?
MCDONNELL: Well, I would ask you, what would you point to that would lead you to say that that unemployment - the only thing I can say is he had a nearly a trillion dollars in stimulus, and that was one-time spending. Did it help us in the short run with health care and education spending to balance the budget? Sure. Does it help us in the long term to really cut the unemployment rate? I'd say no….
CROWLEY: So just a tiny bit of credit to the president?
MCDONNELL: Well, sure. I think there's national policies that have had some impact.”
Sen. Mark Warner, (D) Virginia on bipartisanship
“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.”
Sen. Richard Lugar, (R) Indiana on 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.”