Fox News Sunday ArchivesApril 14, 2013
Rove: Senate Republicans "Overreached" By Threatening Gun Control Filibuster
KARL ROVE: I'm not certain how effective it's been at changing the mood on Capitol Hill, people are either open to this or they weren't. Frankly, the point that Senator Cornyn made, I thought, was a good one. Anything we're talking about now in the background check proposal [by] Manchin and Toomey would not have stopped any of these four previous horrific murders. But, look, I think there was a little bit of an overreach. People want this issue to be discussed, they want it to be decided and we don't need to block everything in the Senate. CHRIS WALLACE: So, overreach by the Senate Republicans? ROVE: Some of the Senate Republicans. Send to a Friend | Permalink
Rubio Defends Immigration Proposal: "This Is Not Amnesty"
MARCO RUBIO: This is not amnesty. Amnesty is the forgiveness of something. Amnesty is anything that says do it illegally, it will be cheaper and easier. Here's what people need to understand. Under the existing law today, if you are illegally in the United States, you are not prohibited from getting a green card and ultimately getting a citizenship. The only thing is, you have to go back to your home country, you have to wait 10 years and then you can apply for it. And all we're saying is, we're going to create an alternative to that. That will still be in place, but we're going to create an alternative that says, OK, you want to stay here, you have to wait more than 10 years, you have to pay this fine, you have to pay your registration fee, you have to be gainfully employed, you won't qualify for any federal benefits. And then, after all of that, you don't get to apply for anything until the enforcement mechanisms are in place. And I would argue to you that it will be cheaper, faster and easier for people to go back home and wait 10 years than it will be to go through this process that I've outlined. And that's why it's not amnesty. And bottom line is, we don't award anything. You have to qualify. You have to apply for it. And that's the key distinction. So, I agree, if somehow being in the country illegally is cheaper, easier and quicker than doing it the right way, I wouldn't support that. That's why I haven't supported certain efforts in the past, because I thought they did that. Send to a Friend | Permalink
"Fox News Sunday" Panel: Background Check Debate
Sens. Durbin, Cornyn Spar On Gun Control Proposal
CHRIS WALLACE: But, sir, do you have the votes at this point or not? DICK DURBIN: We haven't whipped it. I can tell you this. When it gets down to it, we've got to ask the basic question, should we try to keep guns out of the hands of felons and people so mentally unstable, they shouldn't own a firearm? If the answer is yes, Manchin/Toomey is a step in that direction. JOHN CORNYN: Chris -- WALLACE: Real quickly, Senator Cornyn, do you have the votes to block it? CORNYN: Well, I'm interested in the debate and discussion, but I would just make the point that if Manchin/Toomey were the law of the land today, none of the four of the most recent mass tragedies involved in gun violence would have been prevented. Send to a Friend | PermalinkApril 07, 2013
Obama Advisor On Gun Control: "We Knew Not All Of It Was Going To Pass"
WALLACE: But again on the assault weapons ban part of the president's program, Harry Reid says it doesn't have 40 votes. So, even if you didn't have a filibuster, it still wouldn't pass the Senate because you don't have Democrats, which raises the question: why didn't the president go harder at Democrats from red states, states with a lot of people who support gun rights and try to persuade them to get on board? PFEIFFER: Well, it's important to understand. When we put forward our package, we knew this is the ideal package is what, you know, conferring with law enforcement, community leaders, gun right advocates, gun owners and sports men, that was the best response to Newtown and gun violence in this country. We knew not all of it was going to pass right now. But so, where we are right now, there is a bill in the Senate, which is the most progress we have made legislatively in many years to try to address gun violence and that and the crux of that bill is what many advocates said is the most effective thing we can do, which is universal enforceable background checks. And so, the question is, are we going to -- are we going to pass that bill? Or are Republicans going to block it? That's the fundamental question facing folks, right now. Send to a Friend | Permalink
Pfeiffer On Economy: "We Shouldn't Focus On Any Individual Month"
DAN PFEIFFER, OBAMA SENIOR ADVISER: The end of the payroll tax cut is hurting Americans because it means there's less money in their pockets, less money to spend on small businesses, less money to spend while they are shopping. So, that does have an impact on the economy. There's no question about that. I think it's important to look at the overall picture on the economy. We have made a lot of progress, 6.5 million private sector jobs created over the last three years. The housing market is coming back, manufacturing is coming back. The American auto industry is back, but there is more to do. And so, we shouldn't focus on any individual month because if we created 290,000 jobs this month, I would have given you the same answer, which we are making progress, but we'll have to do more. Send to a Friend | Permalink
"Fox News Sunday" Panel: Is Hillary Clinton Running?
Bill Kristol, Ed Gillespie Agree On North Korea: "We Need Missile Defense"
CHRIS WALLACE, "FOX NEWS SUNDAY" HOST: You know, one of the concerns here, and that does seem to be different, Bill, is that North Korea seems to be ignoring the warnings from its main, far and away biggest sponsor, China, which had warned the regime and Kim Jong-un not to make these threats against the United States, not to make these threats against South Korea, and yet it proceeded with them. Why would Kim risk alienating the country that literally, you know -- talk about biting the hand that feeds you, that literally feeds its people? BILL KRISTOL, WEEKLY STANDARD: Well, China never seemed to really have been willing to pull the trigger and stop feeding his people or stop providing other kinds of aid to North Korea, so they've gotten away with this in the past, and the Chinese have been unwilling to risk undermining -- allowing the North Korean regime to be undermined and to fall with the unified Korea. And I think that's dangerous to them. I don't know why, Korea isn't going to invade China, but nonetheless, they want to preserve -- they don't want the East European model of communist regimes falling on their border. The U.S., what can we do? We can get serious about missile defense. We spend about 1.5 percent of our defense budget on missile defense. The Obama administration having canceled the ground base interceptors, then restored them just, what, a couple of weeks ago, and said we're going ahead on it. But basically, under both parties, really, but especially under the Democrats, there's been a sort of very haphazard (inaudible) through to President Reagan's announcement 30 years ago. The (inaudible) made a decision, really, and maybe we should try to defend ourselves from nuclear weapons and not just accept them as inevitable. And I think in a post-Cold War world, we don't know, the North Korean regime could be ten or 20 years from now, and they could have many more missiles and many more nuclear weapons and they could be proliferating them. I'm not sure we'll find them or the Israelis will know whether they have proliferated. Don't we want to get serious and spend some real money and really invest in serious missile defense for ourselves and our neighbors? WALLACE: Ed, the president has kind of flipped on missile defense. ED GILLESPIE, GOP CON: Yeah. WALLACE: Because when he first came in, he pulled back on some of the deployment of anti-missile interceptors. Now, one of his first steps, he and Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon, was to beef up our interceptors system up along the Alaska coast. GILLESPIE: Yeah, and like I said, they should be commended for that. I'll take one exception, Bill, I'm not -- I think President Bush did make a priority of missile defense, and one of the first things that the Obama administration did was to reverse that, and now they've reversed themselves again, understanding that there was a reason for it, an important strategic reason for it, and I'm glad they reversed themselves. I wish they hadn't reversed themselves in the first place or reverse the policy in the first place, but we have -- this is an example of why we need missile defense, and we need for our friends to have it as well. Send to a Friend | Permalink
Mark Kelly On Gun Control: "American People Are Demanding Action"
CHRIS WALLACE, "FOX NEWS SUNDAY" HOST: Captain Kelly joins us from Tucson, Arizona. Captain, after Newtown, there was national outrage over these acts of mass violence, but that has begun to change. CBS has a new poll, just after the massacre, 57 percent supported stricter gun controls. Now, that's down to 47 percent. And, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the bill he'll introduce the week after next won't include a ban on assault weapons and won't include a limit on high capacity magazines. Question -- should President Obama have moved faster to bring it to a vote before the call for action began to fade? CAPTAIN MARK KELLY, (RET.) U.S. NAVY: Well, I think, after something like, you know, 20 first graders being murdered in their classrooms, you know, it is important to take action. And the American people are demanding action now. You know, the timeline of that, you know, sometimes, especially with a polarized Congress, these things can take a long time. But, it's clear -- and you say that, you know, there is less support and I want to address that for a second. When you use words like gun control, you know, gun control doesn't poll very well, but we do know that over 90 percent of Americans support a universal background check. And, there is incredible momentum in Congress and around the nation to get this done. Send to a Friend | Permalink
"Fox News Sunday" Panel: What Will Immigration Reform Look Like?
Gary Bauer: "Polls Are Skewed" If They Show Support For Gay Marriage
GARY BAUER: Well, Chris, that's exactly what the brief does. It tries to instruct the Supreme Court what to do and frankly, the argument that the public is overwhelmingly in favor of same sex marriage, Chris, is ludicrous. Thirty-three states have voted to keep marriage the union of one man and one woman. You touched on the key issue here -- if it was so obvious that the American public wants to try a radical social experiment that results in children in those households, definitely, definitely, not having a mother and a father, that's what makes marriage a special institution. It guarantees that women -- that children have mothers and fathers. If the opinion of the American public was so overwhelming the gay rights movement and their allies like Nicolle would not be asking the Supreme Court to say to the American people, you have no say on this issue. We're going to decide it here in Washington, D.C. CHRIS WALLACE: Wait, The Washington Post had a new poll out this week, let's look at what it said. I take your point about the fact the vast majority of the states banned it. Fifty-eight percent now thinks same sex marriage is legal, 36 percent, illegal. Ten years ago, the numbers were reverse -- 37 percent legal, and 55 percent legal. And there is a big generational shift, among people between the ages of 18 and 39, the margin is 70 percent to 27 percent. Now, I'm not suggesting that, you know, big, deep, moral and constitutional issues should be decided by polls. But, you are also a Republican, and in addition to being a social conservative. Do you worry that this only puts the Republican Party further out of touch with the mainstream of American voters? BAUER: No, I'm not worried about it because the polls are skewed, Chris. Just this past November, four states, very liberal states, voted on this issue. And my side lost all four of those votes. But my side had 45, 46 percent of the vote in all four of those liberal states. In fact, those marriage amendments that I supported, that would keep marriage of a man and a woman, out ran Mitt Romney in those four liberal states by an average of five points. (FOX News Sunday, March 24, 2013) Send to a Friend | PermalinkMarch 24, 2013
Sen. Rand Paul: Congress "Ten Years Behind The American Public"
CHRIS WALLACE: Senator Paul as I was studying up for the interview and hearing you today, I'm having some difficulty figuring out exactly where you are on the political spectrum, because in some sense, you are to the left of Barack Obama when it comes to drones. On the other hand, you are to the right of Congressman Paul Ryan, whose budget you oppose, voted against this weekend, in the Senate, because you say that it doesn't cut the budget -- balance the budget fast enough. Do you think there's room for a realistic, feasible presidential candidate who is to the left of Obama on some issues and to the right of Paul Ryan, on other issues? SEN. RAND PAUL (R-KY): I think we have a confusing spectrum, this left-right spectrum doesn't always work for people but I think because of some of that confusion, it shows that someone like myself, I think, could appeal to young people, independents and moderates, because, many of them do think it's a mistake to put people in jail for marijuana use and throw away the key. So, I think there are people who would like a less aggressive foreign policy. There are all kinds of issues that don't neatly fit in the left-right paradigm that I think would help, because we're not doing very well in a lot of these states, these purple and blue states. So, we do need a candidate that would appeal across the left-right paradigm. WALLACE: Just briefly, we've got 30 seconds left, though. I think your budget which would balance the budget, your plan, would balance the budget in five years, Paul Ryan's, which has come under attack for balancing it in 10 years, you've introduced it three consecutive years in the Senate, the most votes you got was this weekend when you got 18 of 100 senators. I mean, isn't it out of the mainstream? PAUL: Well, the thing is, I think the legislature is about 10 years behind the public. For example, I have introduced amendments to quit sending money to Egypt and build bridges here in the United States instead of in Egypt. And I bet you 90 percent of the American people agree with me but 80 percent of my senators disagree with me. So, I would argue the Senate is not up-to-date with what the people really want. Send to a Friend | Permalink