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December 25th, 2011
10:49 AM ET

SOTU Crib Sheet for December 25th

Video Highlights:

Sen. Lugar on the Tea Party
Sen. Lugar on North Korea
Campaign 2012 Predictions
Condoleezza Rice reflects on Iraq
The Best of Getting To Know

Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Indiana) on CNN’s “State of the Union”
On his Tea Party opponent

“I think it’s useful to understand a Republican majority in the Senate is very important.  And Republicans who are running for re-election ought to be supported by people who want to see that majority. And so I think the majority of Tea Party people understand that, too.”

Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Indiana) on CNN’s “State of the Union”
On Ron Paul’s foreign policy agenda

“It's not a message which really a president of the United States could ever afford to extend….To roundly condemn foreign aid for the fact that we are concerned about borders in Afghanistan and Pakistan or what have you, seems to me is really uncalled for.”

Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Indiana) on CNN’s “State of the Union”
On North Korea and China

“The Chinese policy has been to keep two Koreas.  But at the same time, if this doesn't work out for them, we may have a difference in which the North Koreans want to come into South Korea. In any event, North Korea is a dramatically difficult state because of the deficit and the economy, quite apart from the transition of leadership.”

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on CNN’s “State of the Union”
On Dick Cheney

“I think the vice president was disappointed that in the second term, we did a number of things with which he didn't agree.  The president decided to really give diplomacy an all-out try. Yes, sometimes you don't win in using the diplomacy in that way.  But for instance, on North Korea, we didn't really have a military option with North Korea.  We needed the Chinese and the South Koreans and the Russians and the Japanese. And so diplomacy was the course that we chose. But I think the vice president didn't always agree.”


Happy Holidays from all of us at State of the Union!

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