ON STATE OF THE UNION
Today... Ron Paul on his White House bid and his rivals saying "as far as issues goes, I'm uncomfortable with all three of them" – hitting Santorum as "pretending he's a conservative" with "an atrocious voting record," but allows that Romney has an "acceptable management style" when compared with Santorum and Gingrich.
Then, as social issues go to the front-burner in the campaign, the candidates have upped their rhetoric. Is this anyway to win in November? Candy talked to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.
Plus, continued bloodshed in Syria, nuclear advancements in Iran and the threat to U.S. Security with former CIA Director Michael Hayden and former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Edward Walker.
Finally, a conversation on job creation with a man-with-a-plan Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz who says "I don' want to wait for Washington any longer," but despite his frustration he has "no interest in public office. I have only one interest, and that is I want the country to be on the right track."
CANDY’S POST-GAME ANALYSIS
GETTING TO KNOW
STATE OF THE UNION HIGHLIGHTS
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Ron Paul (R-Presidential Candidate) on the future of his campaign
"The bottom line is who is going to get the delegates and we think we're doing pretty good. And it seems like our momentum is picking up. I'm actually shocked at the tremendous turnouts that we've had. ... Those others who are at the top now, doesn't mean they're going to stay there, not the way this campaign has been going."
Ron Paul (R-Presidential Candidate) on Rick Santorum and his chances at beating Obama in November
PAUL: Well, I don't see how that's possible. ... I mean, I don't see how anybody can get away with that inconsistency pretending he's a conservative. And his voting record is, I think from my viewpoint, an atrocious voting record, how liberal he's been in all the things he's voted for over the many years he was in the Senate and in the House.
Ron Paul (R-Presidential Candidate) on Mitt Romney and his other GOP rivals
"I think he certainly would have a more, you know, acceptable management style when you consider what I have seen and experienced from the other two candidates, I don't think they would qualify there. But as far as issues goes, I'm uncomfortable with all three of them."
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) on charges Republicans are anti-women
"There is no anti-women move whatsoever. The Republican Party is extremely pro-women."
Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-Indiana)
"This isn't about birth control or contraception or morning after abortion, this is about the trampling the freedom in this country. ... These are the questions that I think Republicans can unite on. They do have to be framed, as they really are, as the defense of individual freedom against the right now limitless power of the state."
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on job creation
"I don't want to wait for Washington any longer. ... Washington and the leadership in Washington has let the country down."
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on a possible run for office
"I have no interest in public office. I have only one interest, and that is I want the country to be on the right track."
SOUND OF SUNDAY
Politicians go on Sunday shows to put something out there or take something back. The latter was the case for Rick Santorum this morning who stepped in it yesterday when asked about the president's energy policy:
Rick Santorum (R-Presidential Candidate) in Columbus, OH
"It's not about your quality of life, it's not about your jobs. It's about some phony ideal, some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the bible, a different theology."
The internet went atwitter with word that santorum was questioning the president's Christianity and Sunday show Democrats continued the theme:
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) on NBC's "Meet the Press"
"He's actually questioning the president's faith, and that's a new low in American politics.
Robert Gibbs, Obama Campaign Adviser, on ABC's "This Week"
"I can't help but think that those remarks are well over the line. It's wrong. It's destructive. It makes it virtually impossible to solve the problems that we all face together as Americans."
On cleanup duty, Santorum said he was misunderstood. He was not talking about Christianity, he was talking about radical environmentalists.
Rick Santorum (R-Presidential Candidate) on CBS's "Face the Nation"
"When you have a worldview that elevates the Earth above man and says that we can't take those resources because we're going to harm the Earth; by things that frankly are just not scientifically proven, for example, the politicization of the whole global warming debate – this is all an attempt to, you know, to centralize power and to give more power to the government. It's not questioning the president's beliefs in Christianity."
Newt Gingrich also conducted some Sunday morning business. Hoping to raise the stakes for Mitt Romney, Gingrich, who has won only one state to Romney's four, suggested a Romney loss in Michigan is the end.
Newt Gingrich (R-Presidential Candidate) on "Fox News Sunday"
"There’s a whole rationale which he is now built on, which is his ability to win and he hasn't been able to win, and if he loses his home state - and I assume they're going to throw the kitchen sink at Santorum because that's the Romney style. If they lose his home state, I don't see what he says the next morning to his donors to stay in the race."
Gingrich acknowledges that he must win in Georgia which votes on March 6th.
On the foreign policy front, Sen. John McCain endorsed what are apparently ongoing talks with the U.S., the Taliban and the Afghan government.
Sen. John McCain (R-Former Presidential Candidate) on ABC's "This Week"
"I think it's important to have talks wherever you can, but i also think that it's important to remember that we have to have an outcome on the battlefield that would motivate a successful conclusion to those talks
McCain's support of the talks puts him in line with the president's position and out of sync with Romney, the candidate McCain endorsed. And that's today's Sound of Sunday.