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June 10th, 2012
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SOTU Crib Sheet for June 10th

President Obama’s top campaign adviser David Axelrod slammed Mitt Romney for recent comments on teachers, policemen and firefighters. "What planet is he living on where he thinks that we can take these kind of hits in our education system and progress as a country?" said Axelrod. He also denied ever giving Attorney General Eric Holder political advice. Asked about the president’s comments last week in which President Obama said the private sector was “doing fine,” Axelrod said "we need to accelerate job creation in the private sector."

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) continued his sharp criticism of President Obama on the national security leaks, saying that the president is responsible. McCain reiterated his calls for an outside investigation of the leaks. He says a probe by Attorney General Eric Holder would lack credibility.

Watch Candy’s take here

More highlights:

David Axelrod, Obama campaign senior adviser, on Romney’s public workers remarks
“We don't need any more teachers? Two hundred and fifty thousand teachers have lost their jobs in the last couple of years. That is a
dramatically bad news for the country. It's certainly not good news for our future. What planet is he living on where he thinks that we can take this
kind of hits in our education system and progress as a country?”

David Axelrod, Obama campaign senior adviser, on Eric Holder
“From time to time at the White House, I would see Holder at meetings and so on. But I rarely spoke to him, and I didn't ever speak to him on issues of policy in the Justice Department. I didn't speak to him about personnel issues other than at the beginning of the administration…. I was very sensitive to the fact, Candy, that in the last administration, the political arm of the White House was very active in the Justice Department to the extent that they were picking U.S. attorneys and guiding policy there in ways that were inappropriate. So, I was very scrupulous about my interactions with the attorney general though he's a friend.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on national security leaks
“I think it's offensive what has happened. It's offensive to those who are doing the incredibly difficult work of intelligence. It's offensive to our allies who are terribly upset.
It's offensive to the chairpersons of both Republican and Democrat of our intelligence committees who have expressed their anger and dissatisfaction. ….it certainly is egregious what's already happened that they've made public. It's very clear that this information had to come from the administration. It couldn't have come from anywhere else…”

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Attorney General Eric Holder
“Mr. Holder's credibility with Congress is - there is none. As you know, we've continued to have this problem with him withholding information on Fast and Furious which resulted in the killing of a border patrol agent in Arizona. He is close to being held in contempt. There is no credibility.”

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on the crisis in Syria
“This cries out for American leadership. American leadership and this president is missing in action, and the United States of America is now sitting by and watching people being killed, tortured, raped, and these people need our help, and it needs to be done on a multinational fashion and it can be done that way. It requires American leadership which is absolutely missing.”

Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) on drones
“It's such a trend to dehumanize warfare, and it's machines and computers doing the job. You know what, candy? This is not video games. These are real people, and it's real death, and we are making real enemies around the world by continuing with our drone program.”

Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, on drones
“We never used drones before September 11th and we still got killed. We had 3,000 Americans killed. So I don't believe drones are encouraging any attacks. What encourages
attacks are weakness. And, yes, I think we have to assume that the Russians would use drones if they could, just as we had to assume during the Cold War
that they would use nuclear weapons. I mean, this isn't like golf where you have a handicap and you give somebody eight strokes. The fact is we have to use the weapons that we have. And we're up against Al Qaida which is a devious, evil enemy which wants to kill Americans. I wish we could all live in a world where we could hold hands and love
each other. The fact is that's not reality. We have an enemy that wants to kill us.

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