By State of the Union Intern Alex Kaplan
There is no shortage of stories dominating the news this week, but what will be leading the headlines on Sunday morning? These are some of the stories we are looking at this week.
Obama & Romney clash on foreign policy. President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney expressed their differing ideals about America’s foreign policy on Tuesday in Florida. Romney criticized the president for a lack of leadership and “apologizing” for America, while Obama slammed Romney for having inconsistent foreign policy positions and his support for increased defense spending. For much of the debate, however, Romney seemed to agree with Obama’s positions, including withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan in 2014 and applying harsh sanctions onto Iran to stop their supposed nuclear program. A CNN instant poll taken after the debate had Obama winning the debate by a small margin, 48 percent to 40 percent.
Another Republican has an "Akin" moment. Richard Mourdock, the GOP nominee in Indiana’s Senate race, said Tuesday night he opposes abortion even in cases of rape because “life is a gift from God, that I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something that God intended to happen.” Mourdock was debating his Democratic opponent, Rep. Joe Donnelly. The remarks recall when the Republican nominee in Missouri’s Senate race, Rep. Todd Akin, said in August that women can stop pregnancies if it is a “legitimate rape.” Democrats slammed Mourdock for the remark, with DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz saying it was “outrageous and demeaning to women,” and President Obama saying, “I don't know how these guys come up with these ideas,” and that “rape is rape.” Mitt Romney, who had recently appeared in an ad on Mourdock’s behalf, distanced himself from the remarks, saying through a campaign spokeswoman that he did not agree with the remark but that he had not asked for the ad to be pulled.
Powell backs Obama... again. Gen. Colin Powell (ret.), former President George W. Bush’s Secretary of State, endorsed President Obama for reelection Thursday on “CBS This Morning.” Powell, who had endorsed Obama in 2008, saying at the time that he was a “transformational figure,” said that Obama had turned the economy around from complete disaster and commended his foreign policy. He also expressed concern about Mitt Romney’s foreign policy, saying he did not find it to be consistent, and his domestic policy, saying it was essentially more tax cuts without adequately paying for them. Political watchers will be looking to see if it creates any significant additional support for the president. They will also be looking to see what this says about the future of the GOP, especially its less conservative wing. Powell still said he was a Republican “of a more moderate mold,” but that that is, “something of a dying breed, I'm sorry to say.”
Much more to come, make sure to check back on Friday for our full Rundown and don’t forget to tune in Sunday at 9am & Noon ET.