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Bill Clinton: Gingrich is just doing his 'schtick'

By Matt DeLong and Aaron Blake


Sunday Rundown: A quick wrap-up of the Sunday talk shows.


NBC: MEET THE PRESS - Powell not sure if U.S. is winning in Afghanistan

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said the tea party movement is "fascinating" but said it will not become a serious force in American politics unless it offers policies to address issues. He decried "fringe" attacks on President Obama, singling out former House speaker Newt Gingrich's recent description of Obama's worldview as "Kenyan" and "anti-colonial." Powell said he remains a Republican, though he said he is a moderate, and declined to say whether he intends to continue his support for President Obama in 2012. He said Obama must focus on bringing down the unemployment rate and will likely have to shift "the way he's been doing things" if Republicans take control of one or both houses of Congress. Powell said he is unsure if the U.S. is winning the war in Afghanistan.

Former President Bill Clinton also addressed Gingrich's comments, saying that he's just doing what he always does. "It's his schtick," Clinton said. Clinton predicted that if the Democrats can make the election about proposed solutions to problems, they can remain in control of both houses, but if the election is about voter anger, they won't do well in November. Clinton said voters who support the tea party "have good impulses," but they should demand specifics from their candidates. He wouldn't say if candidates like Christine O'Donnell are helpful to Democrats, but said, "Karl Rove says they are."

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FOX NEWS SUNDAY - Rove: O'Donnell must explain 'witchcraft' comments

Former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove on Sunday called on Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell to explain what she was talking about when she said in 1999 that she "dabbled into witchcraft."

"In southern Delaware there are a lot of churchgoing people," Rove said "They're going to want to know what that is all about." Rove added that O'Donnell must also address the questions raised about her personal and campaign finances "in the most sympathetic way possible," if she wants to effectively communicate her criticism of President Obama and the Democrats. On Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R-Alaska) decision to mount write-in bid after a primary loss to tea party favorite Joe Miller, Rove said Murkowski's bid is "sad and sorry" and could hand the election to the Democrats.

Miller, who joined the show's lineup at the last minute after O'Donnell backed out on Saturday, described his victory over Murkowski by about 2,000 votes as "resounding." He declined to elaborate on his previous description of unemployment insurance as "unconstitutional." Miller said Congress must focus on "restricting and reversing the growth of government." When asked if former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin could win the presidency in 2012, Miller was noncommittal.

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CNN: STATE OF THE UNION - DeMint: Tea party candidates are mainstream

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who has gained prominence in recent weeks by endorsing tea party candidates who beat establishment favorites in key GOP Senate primaries, said those tea party candidates are really just representative of the mainstream of America. Democrats have attacked candidates like Delaware's Christine O'Donnell and Nevada's Sharron Angle as extreme, and Republicans have acknowledged that they reduce the party's chance of re-taking the Senate this year. DeMint said that's a bogus argument. "The only reason we have a chance at a majority now, is in large part (because of) the candidates I've been supporting," DeMint said.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who was defeated by DeMint-backed Joe Miller in a primary last month and launched a write-in campaign on Friday, said Miller is pursuing a "radical" agenda, including priorities like privatizing social security. "These simplistic, glib answers, I don't think, are what the people of Alaska are hoping for," Murkowski said.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said he wouldn't be surprised if an extension of the Bush tax cuts isn't voted on until after the November election. "I'd bet you wouldn't get to a resolution point until after the elections," he said.

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ABC: THIS WEEK - Secretary Clinton: Mideast talks 'constructive'

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton described last weeks talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders as "constructive" and expressed hope that the Israeli government will extend its moratorium on construction of new settlements in the West Bank. Clinton said she felt "great relief" over the return of one three American hikers detained in Iran for a year. She said she was concerned by the increasing influence of the military in Iran. "I can only hope that there will be some effort inside Iran, by responsible civil and religious leaders to take hold of the apparatus of the state," Clinton said.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, interviewed in New York where he is scheduled to address the United Nations this week, dismissed Clinton's concerns about the Iranian military."I think Ms. Clinton is a very respected woman but she should really gather more correct information to base her statements on accurate information," he said. Addressing an incident that generated an international outcry, Ahmadinejad denied that a woman had been sentenced to stoning recently. He said he takes international sanctions over his country's nuclear program seriously but maintained that they will have no effect. Ahmadinejad called for the release of eight Iranians detained in the United States. He said he would like to release the remaining two American hikers, but "at the end of the day, there's a law that determines who stays in prison and who does not."

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CBS: FACE THE NATION - Clinton: Obama getting 'his groove back'

Former President Bill Clinton said Obama is starting to "get his groove back." "He's out there combating the opposition now - maybe that'll make a difference," Clinton said. "I think it will make some difference, and I think we'll do better." Clinton said losing the majority in the House would likely help Obama get reelected in 2012, even if it might hurt the Democratic agenda.

Clinton said the tea party might not wind up helping Democrats keep their majorities in November. Democratic leaders have said tea party candidates are too extreme and will jeopardize projected GOP gains. "I'm not sure it's going to be a good thing for Democrats yet," he said. "We don't know." Clinton said the tea party movement reflects the feelings of lots of Americans who are frustrated with the political process, but that it is being bankrolled by people with ulterior motives for shrinking government.

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CSPAN: NEWSMAKERS - Sebelius: Health bill will lower costs in long run

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged that some health-care companies are raising premiums and citing the Obama administration's health-care bill as the reason. "In the long run, I think we'll lower costs, not increase costs," Sebelius said. "What we have are actuarial studies which indicate an impact of 1-2 percent, once these new consumer benefits are fully implemented."

By Matt DeLong and Aaron Blake  | September 19, 2010; 2:20 PM ET
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Comments

Re Murkowsiki Write-In:

Can someone explain.

Did Lieberman have his name on the ballot in CT last election or was he voted in as a write-in?

Posted by: Spectator | September 20, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama, Congress trade tax revenues, national security for votes.

Illegal Immigrants do Essential Work in the United States:::

The next time you eat in a restaurant take a look into the kitchen/food preparation areas.
Who is that food handler coughing into the food he is preparing for a customer?
Look at the hands; what is that brown stuff under those fingernails?
Can these employees read the "wash hands" signs in the restrooms?
If you look at the right moment you will see the drippings from that food server's nose falling into
the food he is serving (yours?)
Did these employees go through the routine health and disease screenings for TB, HIV, hepatitis, and a few other exotic diseases that can be passed along to you and your family?
These poor employees doing this essential work might not be illegal immigrants; they may just be nasty people.
Bon appetite.

Posted by: NocheGarcia | September 20, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Obama, Congress trade tax revenues, national security for votes.

Illegal Immigrants do Essential Work in the United States:::

The next time you eat in a restaurant take a look into the kitchen/food preparation areas.
Who is that food handler coughing into the food he is preparing for a customer?
Look at the hands; what is that brown stuff under those fingernails?
Can these employees read the "wash hands" signs in the restrooms?
If you look at the right moment you will see the drippings from that food server's nose falling into
the food he is serving (yours?)
Did these employees go through the routine health and disease screenings for TB, HIV, hepatitis, and a few other exotic diseases that can be passed along to you and your family?
These poor employees doing this essential work might not be illegal immigrants; they may just be nasty people.
Bon appetite.

Posted by: NocheGarcia | September 20, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Responding to:

when clinton left office, the republican congress had a surplus budget and the towers were still standing.and that republican congress put over 20,000,000 people to work .that is the definition of taking care of business.whatever you may think of republicans in control of congress.

Posted by: Pembroke60 |
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So the Republican Congress was solely responsible for the surplus during the Clinton administration? The executive branch of the government had no influence on economic policy? What kind of loony-tunes world are you living in? Ok, then according to your logic, the Republican Congress was obviously solely responsible for the recession the President G. W. Bush inherited.

But strangely enough, President Bush spent about six years complaining about the recession he inherited....from the *Clinton* administration. He never once blamed the Republican Congress for the recession. Apparently, Republicanthink works like this: take any given situation or decision; all the good consequences can be attributed to the Republicans in charge of a given branch of the government. All the bad consequences can be attributed to the Democrats in charge of a given branch of the government.

In other words, the Republicans are always right; even when they're wrong, they're right.


Posted by: GeorgeSanders | September 20, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Makom said: But, Why is The Anti-Christ Obama Destroying America. If you truly want to know what is going on; Then you will have to accept these things as the TRUTH. Once you understand the following things; All things will be understood. So I tell you Obama is Satan on Earth, Lawless One, or what ever else you want to call this Demonic Figure. His words describe him, He is a False Hope, If you listen to him you will love him. He carries a Bow without an Arrow. He will conquer all through his speech, his false hoods will capture all who sit and listen to him.
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
11And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
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This is supposed to be a joke. Right?

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | September 20, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I guess O'Donnell's dabbling in witchcraft worked. Rove is a toad.

Posted by: jckdoors | September 20, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

You guys should stop complaining because, one the health care we have now isnt as good as it was supposed to be. also the law has just been signed so give it some time. so if u want to say u have the right to choose tell that to ur congress men or state official. If you do not have insurance and need one You can find full medical coverage at the lowest price by calling 877-882-4740 or check http://bit.ly/9fDY7U If you have health insurance and do not care about cost just be happy about it and trust me you are not going to loose anything!


Posted by: kevindeon20 | September 20, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Clinton has become a rhetorical windbag since leaving the Oval Office. If he had spend more time on the nation's business rather than dropping his pants in the White House, he might have more credibility. He should go on MSNBC with the rest of the clowns.

Posted by: nmg3rln | September 19, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse
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Your comment is just pathetic. Why do you hate America unless the Republicans are the one's destroying our once great Country?

You are the reason Republicans will not capture the White House for another century or two.

How many Republican presidents have balanced the budget in the past 50 years? Those responsible for the first attack on the WTC were tried convicted and are all serving time. Clinton kept us safe for 8 years, balanced the budget and handed a surplus over to the Republicans.

Republicans spent over $70 Million of our our taxpayer dollars to investigate Clinton only to find he lied about consensual sex. Where is your outrage at Bush for lying us into Iraq and his tripling of the US debt, in addition to his 2 TRILLION Dollar wars of choice and totally unnecessary wars? Is there no outrage with the Republicans TRILLION $ Socialist prescription drug plan to pay for Senior citizen votes? Bush bailed out Wall Street, the banks, and Wall Street. No outrage, why? YOU FORGOT Republicans have memories shorter than Newt's junk.

Clinton has an approval rating of 65% which makes him the most popular living President, and for that he deserves respect. Republicans have spent well over $250,000,000.00 to discredit him and Hillary and they are still standing and representing the United States of America with dignity and honor.

Posted by: joemcnamara1 | September 20, 2010 5:17 AM | Report abuse

Clinton has become a rhetorical windbag since leaving the Oval Office. If he had spend more time on the nation's business rather than dropping his pants in the White House, he might have more credibility. He should go on MSNBC with the rest of the clowns.

Posted by: nmg3rln | September 19, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse
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Your comment is just pathetic. Why do you hate America unless the Republicans are the one's destroying our once great Country?

You are the reason Republicans will not capture the White House for another century or two.

How many Republican presidents have balanced the budget in the past 50 years? Those responsible for the first attack on the WTC were tried convicted and are all serving time. Clinton kept us safe for 8 years, balanced the budget and handed a surplus over to the Republicans.

Republicans spent over $70 Million of our our taxpayer dollars to investigate Clinton only to find he lied about consensual sex. Where is your outrage at Bush for lying us into Iraq and his tripling of the US debt, in addition to his 2 TRILLION Dollar wars of choice and totally unnecessary wars? Is there no outrage with the Republicans TRILLION $ Socialist prescription drug plan to pay for Senior citizen votes? Bush bailed out Wall Street, the banks, and Wall Street. No outrage, why? YOU FORGOT Republicans have memories shorter than Newt's junk.

Clinton has an approval rating of 65% which makes him the most popular living President, and for that he deserves respect. Republicans have spent well over $250,000,000.00 to discredit him and Hillary and they are still standing and representing the United States of America with dignity and honor.

Posted by: joemcnamara1 | September 20, 2010 5:16 AM | Report abuse

Re Clinton and Gingrich... Ralph Nader was correct... there's no difference at all.

Posted by: whocares666 | September 20, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse

"Former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove on Sunday called on Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell to explain what she was talking about when she said in 1999 that she "dabbled into witchcraft." "

Thank you Rove for bring that up .. just what the republican candidate needed ... or are you leading the way for Castle to run as a write-in?
That will endear the TP'ers to the republican party.

Posted by: knjincvc | September 20, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Of course Bill Clinton is correct: if the Tea Partiers want to govern, let them tell us what they would do. So far, all I've heard is one candidate who things that worker's compensation is "unconstitutional" and a few others who would abolish Social Security and Medicare. Those TP-ers who make $50-100K per year (or less!) should think long and hard about what would happen without the safety net if, the year they retired, or the year they become totally disabled, there is no safety net...nothing to pay the physicians and pharmacists, nothing to pay the hospital, nothing to pay the landlord and the grocer. Let them yell who can afford to yell!

Posted by: abc3 | September 19, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Terribly irresponsible and divisive "shtick".

Of course, that's "par for the course" for just about EVERY politician in Washington these days, including Clinton.

Posted by: andrew23boyle | September 19, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I have a feeling that O'Donnell's "dabbling" in witchcraft consisted of a few sessions of Dungeons & Dragons.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | September 19, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Right, nmg3rln. Clinton should have showed the sexual discretion of Newt Ginrich while in office.

Posted by: exco | September 19, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

But, Why is The Anti-Christ Obama Destroying America. If you truly want to know what is going on; Then you will have to accept these things as the TRUTH. Once you understand the following things; All things will be understood. So I tell you Obama is Satan on Earth, Lawless One, or what ever else you want to call this Demonic Figure. His words describe him, He is a False Hope, If you listen to him you will love him. He carries a Bow without an Arrow. He will conquer all through his speech, his false hoods will capture all who sit and listen to him.
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
11And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Posted by: makom
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A shining example of why not to vote for teabaggers in November.

Posted by: areyousaying | September 19, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is one huge failure... their record is middle class job killing , debt creating, weak on security, pathetic leadership joke...

Please GOP, let the Tea Party push you even more to the fringe. We can't afford the part that looks out for the top 1% any longer.

Posted by: dwdave67 | September 19, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Okay, Republicans in Congress *helped* bring about a surplus under Clinton. As soon as he left, though, what happened? Obviously, Clinton was a good check on Republicans in Congress. He actually vetoed bills. Dubya didn't pick up his veto pen except in one or two instances throughout his 8 years in office.

So yeah, we know what Republicans can do. Democrats haven't had a Congress and Presidency for very long, here, and balancing the budget isn't the top priority, considering spending is what's necessary to help bring us out of this recession. Tax cuts, which have been passed by Democrats WITHOUT MOST REPUBLICANS HELP, aren't doing much of anything for people. Tax cuts don't fix roads, don't help people stay in college, or create jobs.

Posted by: fbutler1 | September 19, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Okay, Republicans in Congress *helped* bring about a surplus under Clinton. As soon as he left, though, what happened? Obviously, Clinton was a good check on Republicans in Congress. He actually vetoed bills. Dubya didn't pick up his veto pen except in one or two instances throughout his 8 years in office.

So yeah, we know what Republicans can do. Democrats haven't had a Congress and Presidency for very long, here, and balancing the budget isn't the top priority, considering spending is what's necessary to help bring us out of this recession. Tax cuts, which have been passed by Democrats WITHOUT MOST REPUBLICANS HELP, aren't doing much of anything for people. Tax cuts don't fix roads, don't help people stay in college, or create jobs.

Posted by: fbutler1 | September 19, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

when clinton left office, the republican congress had a surplus budget and the towers were still standing.and that republican congress put over 20,000,000 people to work .that is the definition of taking care of business.whatever you may think of republicans in control of congress.

Posted by: Pembroke60 | September 19, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Man, it didn't take long for the trolls to take over this thread, did it?

Posted by: bigfish2 | September 19, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

The real Satan on Earth is in Makom's sick sorry scary brain. But better there than roaming around out here!

Posted by: icantstandit | September 19, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton certainly knows "schtick" when he sees it. Clinton is the all-time master of "schtick". His whole political career was one long "schtick". He's still doing it!

Posted by: battleground51 | September 19, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

But, Why is The Anti-Christ Obama Destroying America. If you truly want to know what is going on; Then you will have to accept these things as the TRUTH. Once you understand the following things; All things will be understood. So I tell you Obama is Satan on Earth, Lawless One, or what ever else you want to call this Demonic Figure. His words describe him, He is a False Hope, If you listen to him you will love him. He carries a Bow without an Arrow. He will conquer all through his speech, his false hoods will capture all who sit and listen to him.
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
11And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Posted by: makom | September 19, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

when clinton left office we had a balanced budget and the towers were still standing.and he put over 20,000,000 people to work .that is the definition of taking care of business.whatever you may think of the man those are the facts.

Posted by: donaldtucker | September 19, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

The main reason democrats took over the congress is because they had true reasons, legitimate arguments, no pressure to voters and no fear tactics to voters for not voting for republicans.

Republicans lost because they had fear tactics used over and over, and now they are doing same thing.
Democrats don't need Obama or Bill Clinton to get their groove back on, all they need is let the republicans speak for themselves and that means let them stick their own foot in their own mouth.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | September 19, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Clinton has become a rhetorical windbag since leaving the Oval Office. If he had spend more time on the nation's business rather than dropping his pants in the White House, he might have more credibility. He should go on MSNBC with the rest of the clowns.

Posted by: nmg3rln | September 19, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

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