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July 8th, 2012
11:35 AM ET

Bill Bradley on how to "fix" Washington

Former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley on what he thinks needs to be done to “fix” Washington’s problems, putting people back to work, and his thoughts on the role of government.

Bradley: "We've faced difficult problems in the past, and we've overcome them. I wanted to remind them our political institutions have capacity to deal with the situation and also remind them of something we frequently forget, and that is there's a goodness in the American people and that selflessness is all around us and we could find the foundation upon which policy could be built."

Filed under: Bill Bradley • Newsmakers • State of the Union
SOTU Sneak Peek for Sunday July 8, 2012
July 6th, 2012
12:35 PM ET

SOTU Sneak Peek for Sunday July 8, 2012

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.

Team Romney’s Mixed Messages: In an interview earlier this week, Mitt Romney’s senior advisor Eric Fehrnstrom said that the GOP presidential nominee agrees with the Obama administration that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act is a penalty, not a tax. “The governor disagrees with the ruling of the Court. He agreed with the dissent written by Justice Scalia that stated that the mandate was not a tax,” said Fehrnstrom in an interview with MSNBC. However, in a sit down interview with CBS, Romney said that the individual mandate is in fact a tax. “While I agreed with the dissent, that’s overtaken by the fact that the majority of the Court said it’s a tax and therefore it is a tax. They have spoken. There’s no way around that,” said Romney.

Independent Voters: As the driving force behind the race for the White House, Independent voters and swing states hold high stakes in the 2012 presidential election. With polls suggesting that last Thursday’s monumental Supreme Court health care ruling had no effect on how Independents feel about both President Obama and Mitt Romney, both candidates are aiming their political messages at unsure voters. “I want to work with anyone who believes we are in this together. I want to work with anybody who believes we’ve got to invest in our future,” said President Obama at a campaign even in Maumee, Ohio on Thursday. A recent CNN/ORC poll found that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney leads President Obama 51% to 43% in 15 battleground states.