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Posted at 1:17 PM ET, 11/14/2010

Dem: I'll challenge Pelosi for top leadership slot

By Matt DeLong and Aaron Blake


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


CNN: STATE OF THE UNION - Dem: I'll challenge Pelosi

Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) said he would challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for the top minority leadership position if Pelosi does not step aside by Wednesday. Shuler acknowledged that he does not have the votes to win the minority leader position, but said Pelosi should allow House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) to lead the House Democrats. "I really think it's very important for us to be a very moderate caucus," Shuler said. Clyburn said he is happy with the deal reached Saturday that will allow him to keep the No. 3 minority position and avert a challenge to Hoyer for the No. 2 job.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) said the proposals released by the chairmen of President Obama's debt commission are "a blueprint," but "we'll have to see what kind of commitment the president" will make to cutting spending in his budget to be submitted in February. Cornyn said he is "disinclined" to support any tax increases as part of a defict reduction package. Cornyn called for freezing federal spending at 2008 levels and all spending "ought to be on the table" for cuts. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said that tax increases must be part of the discussion "We're going to need to look at significant spending cuts, but at some point we're going to have to look at the revenue side as well," he said. The two senators agreed on a moratorium on earmarks. "If everyone's going to be done with it, so be it," Warner said.


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FOX NEWS SUNDAY - Axelrod: I'm leaving in early 2011

White House senior adviser David Axelrod said President Obama remains opposed to a permanent extension of all of the Bush tax cuts, but he left the door open to a temporary agreement that would extend the middle-class tax cuts, which the White House wants, and the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, which Republicans want. When asked directly about whether the president would be OK okay with a temporary extension of all cuts, Axelrod said, "Chris, I'm not going to negotiate with you on this program." He summarized Obama's position: "We cannot go the extra step and permanently cut taxes primarily for millionaires and billionaires at a cost of $700 billion over the next 10 years alone."

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), a leader of the tea party movement, sounded open to a two- or three-year extension of the tax cuts. "If that's all we could get out of the president," DeMint said. "I think if he can work on our side of the ledger, I think we might can work together." DeMint also said he thinks an earmark ban, which has been spearheaded by the tea party, will pass in the Congress, despite resistance from some Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).


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NBC: MEET THE PRESS - McCain: More study of 'don't ask' repeal needed

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he wants "a thorough and complete study" on the effects on "morale and battle effectiveness" of ending "don't ask, don't tell" before deciding his position on repeal of the policy. "I respect and admire these four service chiefs who have expressed either outright opposition or deep reservation about the repeal," McCain said. "They're the ones who are in charge." He said Afghan President Hamid Karzai's comments in an interview with the Washington Post reflect "his desire to survive, also a degree of paranoia." McCain said U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan should be conditions-based, not based on domestic politics. "You win and then you leave," McCain said. "That's what we've done in Iraq."

White House senior adviser David Axelrod said everyone should wait for President Obama's debt commission to release its final report before rushing to judgment. "This is a big, dark cloud on our horizon," Axelrod said. "And the president is very intent on moving forward." McCain said that all debt-reduction options must remain on the table. Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan said there is currently little evidence that the economy could experience a "double-dip" reession. He said that "something equivalent" to the debt commission chairmen's proposals would pass Congress. "The only question is, is it before or after a bond market crisis? Because there's no alternative," Greenspan said.


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ABC: THIS WEEK - Graham 'stunned' by Karzai's comments

Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) said he would challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for the top minority leadership position if Pelosi does not step aside by Wednesday. Shuler acknowledged that he does not have the votes to win the minority leader position, but said Pelosi should allow House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) to lead the House Democrats. "I really think it's very important for us to be a very moderate caucus," Shuler said. Clyburn said he is happy with the deal reached Saturday that will allow him to keep the No. 3 minority position and avert a challenge to Hoyer for the No. 2 job.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) said the proposals released by the chairmen of President Obama's debt commission is "a blueprint," but "we'll have to see what kind of commitment the president" will make to cutting spending in his budget to be submitted in February. Cornyn said he is "disinclined" to support any tax increases as part of a defict reduction package. Cornyn called for freezing federal spending at 2008 levels and all spending "ought to be on the table" for cuts. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said that tax increases must be part of the discussion "We're going to need to look at significant spending cuts, but at some point we're going to have to look at the revenue side as well," he said. The two senators agreed on a moratorium on earmarks. "If everyone's going to be done with it, so be it," Warner said.


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CBS: FACE THE NATION - Schumer: Tax cut compromise likely

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he thinks there is a compromise in the making on the Bush tax cuts and he suggested raising the threshold on which tax cuts would be extended and which ones would be phased out. "What if we moved it up to a million dollars?" Schumer said. "Everybody below a million dollars will get a tax cut, but the millionaires and billionaires won't." Schumer said there is a "good chance" the tax cuts bill will pass in one form or another during the lame duck session of Congress.

Sen.-elect Rand Paul (R-Ky.), the tea party candidate who was elected two weeks ago, said he would support a temporary extension of all the Bush tax cuts, but that Republicans should offer "several hundred billion dollars" in spending reduction bills in order to offset the cost of those cuts. "I think you'll find some of us that will be doing that from the get-go," Paul said.


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CSPAN: NEWSMAKERS - Republican calls for reform of hearings process

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), the head of House Republicans' transition into the majority, said he would like to give members of Congress more time to work with constituents in their districts and also to reform the congressional hearings process. Walden declined to commit to a proposed schedule under which Congress would meet for a week and then spend a week at home, but he said the American people delivered a message that they want more attention from their members. He also suggested time and resources are wasted when members make opening statements at hearings and leave the hearings to vote on arbitrary measures like naming post offices.

By Matt DeLong and Aaron Blake  | November 14, 2010; 1:17 PM ET
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Comments

WOW! Look at the mess Pelosi has created now!

If she had the gumption to STEP ASIDE, this would not be an issue. Hoyer and Clyburn could run, and the winner would be the Minority Leader, and the loser the # 2 position.

But Fancy Nancy has allowed her personal arrogance to get involved, and folks .......... IT IS A MESS WITH EVERYBODY MAD!

All of a sudden, Heath Shuler is not looking too bad is he??

Posted by: wheeljc | November 16, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

"Years from now, the Health Care Bill that she pushed through will be equally important
as Social Security."

I firmly believe that years from now, the Bill she pushed through will cause a crisis in health care. Providers don't HAVE to cover children, do they? Some have already dropped them completely. Health care costs already went up 30% for me this year alone...in preparation for covering those without insurance. So I have to stop covering my children in college because I can't afford it...but thanks Nancy, those that didn't have it before took my kids' coverage. Much appreciated. Then you can fine them later for not having it. All perfectly American. Theory and reality are two different things. They passed it on theory...but the reality is that it needed a lot of work and should have NEVER been passed as is.

Posted by: Objectivity3 | November 15, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

The fault is ours. We never should have allowed those bent on doing harm to Americans incite or agitate. Those that did or do so are committing sedition. Be it forever resolved that the People are Sovereign. People individually means person. Thus when organizations or the like seek to degrade a person i.e. a sick or injured person especially to the point of death. Government has a duty to intervene which we did not. The fault is our not our servants. Nancy Pelosi did her duty as our servant we should have defended her charges as well as her person for such I and others will be sorry.

Posted by: mullarkeymichael | November 15, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I acknowledge and accede to the fact that the Democratic party is a "big tent" party, but Blue Dogs belong in the Republican party. They're political opportunists who smile and nod at their constituents and make a lot of claims that they are for the people while completely ignoring them. Their rhetoric is essentially the same as the lip service one hears from Republicans - like claiming they are for Medicare while legislating to destroy it.

You are a party crasher, Heath. Go join the Republican party like all the bigots did in the mid-60s, your expiration date is long overdue.

Posted by: jKO2010 | November 15, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Speaker Pelosi will retain her position, and will grow even stronger. The newbee, Shuler will make a lot of noise, and impress those who put him in office. Politics....

Posted by: Confido | November 15, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi is the best thing that has ever happen for the Democratic Party and
to the US Government. She is by far the most powerful woman in Congress. Years
from now, the Health Care Bill that she pushed through will be equally important
as Social Security. The Republicans in congress are scared to death of Nancy Pelosi because of her power and persuasiveness to get things done while keeping John Boehner and Mitch McConnell in check. Hang in there Nancy, we love your being there for the safe and secure democratic process of this nation.

Posted by: rrcrosby | November 15, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Just great! Heath Shuler wants to run the Dems in the House. The last thing we need is a southerner. He represents defeatism (just like the South was defeated) and capitulation.

The teahadists showed us what aggressiveness can do. It's time for real Americans to play that game.

Posted by: Garak | November 15, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Every single 'new bill' and every single old bill (including the Health Care Bill) should be presented with an accurate accounting of costs to implement. Additionally, it should be broken down into what it means to each taxpaper bracket. For example, "if you are in the 20% tax bracket the health care act will cost you $100 pr week' etc. This will allow the people to know what real effect all of the elected officials decisions really mean to them and vote with their minds. The statutory process has become nothing more than an entertainment exercise in who can create the best marketing messages- appeal to religious interests using emotional tugs all in the guise of 'morality'.
If we all knew what these 'bills' cost each of us (not percentages, but actual cost on average) there would be an immediate reconciliation of the 'budget'.
Whatever happened to the purpose of government being to protect our 'borders' (not doing so good at that) and settling disputes between our neighbors to avoid use of physical violence? Gone with the Wind...
Come on people, lets demand it! How screwed up is it to pass a bunch of 'bills' which are going to cost billions= while telling us they are not going to raise taxes, but are going to 'cut' their budget...? Where are they going to cut...? How are they going to do it...? Magic?
They must think we are really dumb. We need fiscally responsible individuals in office- ones that can actually add and subtract, balance their own checkbooks, and understand the effect a loss of $5..00 to $100.00 a week has on most people. They sell us on the idea of debt - with no real cost to us...oh it is real and we all feel it in our daily lives. Come on!
It's pretty scarey having someone who has probably never balanced their own checkbook, had a budget, or worried about paying their bills, running our country with a blank check.

Posted by: arbednelra | November 15, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Heath Schuller is a plutocrat and couldn't fill Nancy Pelosi's shoes as much as he was a QB for the Redskins.

Posted by: glenn113 | November 14, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Heath Schuler is a plutocrat and will be about as successful as filling Nancy Pelosie's shoes as he was as QB for the Redskins.

Posted by: glenn113 | November 14, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Heath Schuler is a plutocrat and will be about as successful as filling Nancy Pelosie's shoes as he was as QB for the Redskins.

Posted by: glenn113 | November 14, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Go Rep. Shuler!!!

Pelosi is poison.

Posted by: andrew23boyle | November 14, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Shuler will get sacked once again. He won't know what hit him.

Posted by: eeitreim | November 14, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi is the strongest member in the House of Representatives....Shuler has as much chance as a snowball in Hell.

Posted by: gilbertpb40 | November 14, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Shuler is a publicity hound and is not interested in what's best for his party. If he doesn't have the votes - and everyone knows he doesn't - then why is he running?

Posted by: rlj611 | November 14, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

As a Democrat I probably support most of the political positions of Speaker Pelosi except those concerning her support for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nevertheless she should not seek to be retained as the leader of the House Democrats. Republicans and many Democrats have demonized Pelosi, whether fairly or not, and she has become a symbol of the corruptness and disfunctionality of Democratic members of the House. For the good of the Democratic Party she should step away from a leadership role.

Posted by: jimeglrd8 | November 14, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

If Shuler opposes Pelosi, he may not win, but she will be for forced to step aside.. She is the most unpopular person in America.

Posted by: rball3 | November 14, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

We Repubicans need to watch Shuler! He is fantastic presidential material! If he successfully challenges Pelosi, then we have a long, hard road ahead of us. Shuler is a Democrat Democrats can believe it. Pelosi, well, Pelosi will save the Republican Party!!!!

Posted by: georges2 | November 14, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Schumer and Obama need to understand that unless they are willing to take a stand on the tax cuts Like "I will not sign a bill that extends tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans." they are going to lose a lot of us. When 1% of the population controls 25% of the wealth, it is well worth the fight. There is a class war going on and most of us are losing.

Posted by: tgarahan | November 14, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Um, that isn't exactly how Rand said it. You imply that he would reluctantly extend higher tax cuts in return for spending cuts. He says he wants tax cuts extended permanently, might ACCEPT upper cuts being only temporary if that was all they could get (realizing if they aren't extended they'd be gone before he gets a chance to vote on them). With regard to his preferred PERMANENT extension of current tax rates, he said the GOP should offer cuts. The point is, Rand Paul is going to offer a balanced budget, based on proposed revenues, so 'offset' isn't an issue when it comes to him.

Posted by: sailingaway1 | November 14, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

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