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June 17th, 2012
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SOTU Crib Sheet for June 17

Today on “State of the Union” President Obama’s senior adviser David Plouffe insisted the White House shift on immigration policy was not a political move. Pressed on the timing and the political impact of the decision, Plouffe said, “who knows how the politics will turn out.” Meanwhile, Former Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum told us Mitt Romney’s response to the new immigration policy shows he’s “trying to walk a line as not to sound like he’s hostile to Latinos.” Santorum also told us he’s not interested in serving in a Romney administration. On the looming Supreme Court decision on health care, neither Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), nor Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) articulated a definitive plan for what their parties would do if the Supreme Court strikes down the law.


David Plouffe, White House Senior Adviser

“I think we all would admit the economy needs to strengthen, we have to create a lot more jobs. The question is, what’s the best way to do that? Our approach is let’s reduce the deficit in a fair and balanced way, let’s have an economy where hard work is rewarded and everybody gets a fair shot and as we reduce the deficit have the ability to invest in things like rebuilding this country, a new energy future and make sure we continue to lead the world in innovation. But the important thing is that there is a choice here. Governor Romney and the allies in Congress, they want to go back to the same policies that created the recession. We know that won’t work. And so the American people have to decide which direction they want to go.”

David Plouffe, White House Senior Adviser on the immigration policy change
“This is not a political move, this builds on a lot of steps we’ve already taken. We’ve been trying to get the Dream Act done, we’ve been trying to pass immigration reform. This builds on a series of steps the Homeland Security Department h as already taken, and again, this gives the law enforcement personnel the ability to have more discretion and to focus the resources where they should be focused, which is criminals and the deportation of criminals.”

Rick Santorum, (R) Former Presidential Candidate on President Obama’s immigration policy change
“There’s a difference between saying I don’t like the law, I wish, you know, the law were different, but I’m the president. My job is faithfully execute. And he has not faithfully executed.”

Rick Santorum, (R) Former Presidential Candidate

“When you say willing to work with the other side, this is the real key that I think the Tea Party folks and conservatives generally have sort of had enough with. Willing to work for the other side in this town means doing what the other side wants, only doing it slower, instead of doing what is necessary for this country, which is scaling back government. Instead of growing government less fast, we want government to get smaller. We need a fundamentally new way of looking at things in Washington.”

Sen. John Barrasso, (R) Wyoming, on the Supreme Court’s pending ruling on the health care law

“I believe that this is unconstitutional and I believe there is going to be a stinging rebuke of this president’s centerpiece legislation when the Supreme Court rules later this month. And they should rule that this is unconstitutional. If not, the Republicans want to repeal everything that is left standing.”

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, (D) Maryland

“Let’s just take for example, the current prohibition on denying kids who have pre-existing conditions like asthma or diabetes. If the Supreme Court were to knock down the individual mandate, that whole piece is in jeopardy just like some of these other pieces. Now we don’t know exactly what the scope of the Supreme Court decision will be or of course what it will be, but the reality is those very important protections are at risk if the Supreme Court knocks it down.”

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, (D) Maryland on Plan B if the court strikes part or all of the law down

“We haven’t seen any replacement, because while they say they want to make sure the kids are not denied care because of pre-existing conditions, the only way you do that is by getting everyone in the pool. Everybody needs to understand that.”

Sen. John Barrasso, (R) Wyoming, on the Supreme Court’s pending ruling on the health care law
“You’ll see step-by-step common sense solutions, but you are not going to see a law so voluminous that it cannot be read, so incoherent that it cannot be understood and you will see Republicans coming out saying let people buy insurance across state lines.”

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