Today on State of the Union, in an exclusive interview, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) predicted that presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will receive more support from Hispanics in his state than Republicans garnered in the 2008 presidential election. Rubio downplayed his higher office aspirations, refusing to talk about his vice presidential prospects and saying he does not think about a future presidential run. President Obama’s re-election senior adviser, David Axelrod, blamed Republicans for the failing to pass immigration reform in the president’s first term. Axelrod said a congressional "reign of terror" has prevented supportive Republicans from cooperating on immigration issues, which were a hallmark of President Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) confirmed that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on which he serves as Ranking Member, is sending a letter of inquiry to the Department of Defense (DOD) about their knowledge of the prostitution scandal now that has engulfed the Secret Service. FULL POST
Candy talks about her interview with David Axelrod, Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Elijah Cummings.
Sen. Marco Rubio talks to Candy Crowley on whether he'd accept a vice presidential offer for the 2012 ticket.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush recently said he hoped Rubio would accept a potential offer from presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to serve on the ticket:
Rep. Elijah Cummings, ranking member of the House Oversight Cmte., discusses the latest in the investigation into Secret Service officers.
Cummings said "it's a sad situation," but one their committee takes "very seriously. This is our watch."
"I have said to the director, look, it's not only important that you be excellent, but we also don't want people to even imagine, imagine that they can pierce the shield of the Secret Service. ... I know that there are a lot of folks who are perhaps looking for opportunities to do harm to the president or others that the Secret Service, you know, guard. And you never know what they think that is a moment of weakness, Candy, that's the time that they may think that they can act."
He also said the committee isn't just looking at the Secret Service: "Our committee is going to be looking at DOD. We're sending a letter to them, trying to figure out what role they played in all of this, too."
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida talked with Candy about Romney and Republican efforts to woo the Hispanic vote.
Rubio predicted that presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will receive more support from Hispanics in his state than Republicans garnered in the 2008 presidential election.
CNN's Dana Bash and the New York Times' Jeff Zeleny discuss the politics of the week with Candy Crowley including Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a freshman Democrat, who says he's not all that sure that he's going to vote for President Obama this year and Sen. Orrin Hatch being forced into a runoff by the right side of his party.
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida says "it's unfair to criticize the Ryan budget." but adds that it needs to be fully vetted.
"Where is the Democrats' budget? The president's budget is not - if we put the president's budget for a vote today, I predict that maybe one, maybe no Democrat would vote for it. That's what happened last year. I think it's unfair to attack the Ryan budget, for anyone to attack it when they don't have a budget of their own. "
David Axelrod weighs in on the GSA and Secret Service scandals.
"I was surprised by it. ... In my experience the Secret Service has been completely professional, so impressive. I always felt like they were willing to do anything to protect the president and the people around the president, and so this was really disappointing.
Obviously we have to get to the bottom of it, but those problems should not denigrate the efforts of so many who do such a good job"