By Tracey Webb [twitter-follow screen_name='WebbWriterguru']
Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, January 9, 2014.
1. Chris Christie's damage control. At a news conference lasting nearly two hours, the New Jersey governor said he was "sad, humiliated and embarrassed" about the conduct of some top members of his team, and insisted he had no previous knowledge of an apparent attempt to punish a local mayor who declined to endorse Christie for re-election. Christie said he fired his deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelley, whom e-mails indicate gave the order to an official at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to cause traffic jams around the town of Fort Lee. The governor also apologized to Fort Lee and state residents. "Ultimately I am responsible for what happens under my watch – the good and the bad – and when mistakes are made then I have to own up to them and take the action that I believe is necessary in order to remediate them," said Christie.
Candy interviews Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley in the second installment of our series of interviews with possible presidential party picks in 2016. This will be his first television interview since last September, and comes at an opportune moment to get his gubernatorial take on the actions of potential rival in 2016, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. His stand on increasing the minimum wage, increasing “economic mobility,” and stricter gun control mirrors the national policy priorities of the Democratic Party.
The two elephants, or perhaps donkeys, in the room with O’Malley are Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. O’Malley was a strong supporter of Clinton’s ’08 campaign, but says now that he can’t predicate his own presidential ambitions on her decision whether to mount a second campaign for the White House. O’Malley’s “O'Say Can You See” PAC can’t match the dollars that Clinton’s are raising in her name, but as a young-ish politician – he turns 50 later this month – some compare him to a little known governor from Arkansas with minimal political clout or electoral votes who won it all in 1992. After several months of quietly pushing his progressive message in states like New Hampshire, Virginia, and Ohio, the Governor makes his 2014 debut on State of the Union.
And Is Chris Christie the heir apparent to the Straight Talk Express? Sen. John McCain knows a thing or two about political resurrection, and he’ll join us with perspective on the popular Republican Governor’s woes. McCain will also discuss Iraq at a tipping point, the congressional roadblock to the Obama administration’s interim nuclear deal with Iran, and his reservations about extending long-term unemployment benefits.
And our panel discusses 2016 implications from Bob Gates’ book and jobs (or lack thereof). RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer, DNC Communications Director Mo Elleithee, and Karen Tumulty, National Political Reporter for the Washington Post.
Watch Sunday at 9a and Noon ET.