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July 8th, 2012
01:41 PM ET

SOTU Crib Sheet for Sunday, July 8th

This morning, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted the GOP had a 50-50 chance of winning the control of the Senate in November. McConnell blamed Obama administration policies for “slowing the economy down.” President Obama’s Senior Campaign Adviser, Robert Gibbs, told us the president was 100 percent committed to ending the so-called Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. Regarding the economy, Gibbs admitted, “we are not growing fast enough and we're not adding enough jobs.” Finally, we talked about the weak jobs numbers with economists Mark Zandi, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, and CNN Sr. Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.

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July 8th, 2012
11:35 AM ET

Bill Bradley on how to "fix" Washington

Former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley on what he thinks needs to be done to “fix” Washington’s problems, putting people back to work, and his thoughts on the role of government.

Bradley: "We've faced difficult problems in the past, and we've overcome them. I wanted to remind them our political institutions have capacity to deal with the situation and also remind them of something we frequently forget, and that is there's a goodness in the American people and that selflessness is all around us and we could find the foundation upon which policy could be built."


Filed under: Bill Bradley • Newsmakers • State of the Union
July 8th, 2012
11:28 AM ET

How can the economy be fixed?

Former CBO director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Mark Zandi, Chief Economist for Moody's Analytics, and CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash, on last month's so-so jobs report, and what can be done to fix the economy.


Filed under: Economy • State of the Union
July 8th, 2012
11:26 AM ET

Analyzing another weak jobs report

Former CBO director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Mark Zandi, Chief Economist for Moody's Analytics, and CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash, on last month's so-so jobs report.


Filed under: Dana Bash • Douglas Holtz-Eakin • Mark Zandi
July 8th, 2012
11:23 AM ET

Gibbs: Romney a pioneer in outsourcing

Obama Campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs on Sunday defended the Obama campaign and Super PAC ads against Mitt Romney's record while at Bain.


Filed under: 2012 • Barack Obama • Newsmakers • President Obama • Robert Gibbs • State of the Union
July 8th, 2012
11:16 AM ET

Gibbs: "Economy coming back from near collapse"

Senior Obama Campaign adviser Robert Gibbs said Sunday there is still a lot of work left to do to bring the economy back from "near collapse."

Gibbs: "We have made progress, but we have got a long way to go, and this is going to be an election about two different visions."

"We have to grow this economy like we did for years and years and decades from the middle- class out. Let's continue to add opportunity, let's bring this American dream back, let's guarantee that if you work hard and play by the rules, you will have a chance to get ahead, that your children will have a chance to get ahead."


Filed under: Robert Gibbs
July 8th, 2012
11:10 AM ET

McConnell: "I'm not sorry I voted to confirm John Roberts"

Sen. Mitch McConnell said Sunday he is not "sorry" he voted to confirm Chief Justice John Roberts in light of his vote for healthcare last month.

McConnell: "I was extremely disappointed. The chief justice, however, did make it clear that the mandate is a tax."


Filed under: Mitch McConnell
July 8th, 2012
11:06 AM ET

McConnell: 50-50 chance of gaining senate majority

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell discussed on Sunday the odds of the GOP winning the senate in 2012 and addressed senate races in Massachusetts and Virginia saying, “we expect to win them both.”

Crowley: Sitting here today and looking at the landscape, do you believe you will be the majority leader next year?

MCCONNELL: 50-50. I think it is going to be a very close, competitive election. There are a number of places where we have opportunities for pickups, not many places where we have much chance of losing a seat. I think at the end of the day, we will have a very narrow Senate one way or the other.


Filed under: Mitch McConnell
July 8th, 2012
11:02 AM ET

McConnell: This is the most "tepid" recovery

Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke about jobs and the economy, what he referred to as a “tepid recovery.”

McConnell: "We have got 41 straight months now of unemployment above 8 percent, 41 straight months. Candy, this is the most tepid recovery - if it is a recovery - from a deep recession in American history."

"The economy is just sputtering along and the reason for that, in my judgment, is because of what the administration chose to do: spend, borrow, pass this new ObamaCare law with its penalty tax in it, its mandate tax. All of this is slowing the economy down."


Filed under: Mitch McConnell

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