Michael Bloomberg shoots down 2012 buzz: 'No way, no how'
Sunday Rundown: A quick wrap-up of the Sunday talk shows.
NBC: MEET THE PRESS - Bloomberg shoots down 2012 buzz
White House economic advicer Austan Goolsbee said the items that the president negotiated for in the tax deal with Republicans are "very important for the economy" and will bring down the unemployment rate. He predicted the package will pass, and rejected the notion that Obama believes the tax cuts for top earners will stimulate the economy. Goolsebee said Republcians will have to explain why those tax cuts worked on their own merits in 2012.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he supports the tax-cut deal, which showed Democrats and Republicans, as well as the White House and Congress, are capable of coming together and reaching an agreement. He also said the government is "not serious about attacking the long-term debt problem," but there will "come a point where you have to stop kicking the can down the road."
Bloomberg said there is "no way, no how" that he will run for president in 2012. He said he would prefer to be remembered as the greatest mayor in New York's history and his staff should probably "cease and desist" dropping hints about a potential presidential bid. However, he said "most of this is just because the press wants something to wriet about." He said everyone should pull together to support President Obama because "his success is the country's success."
CNN: STATE OF THE UNION - Axelrod: Tax deal will pass
Despite objections from many House Democrats, White House adviser David Axelrod said he does not expect major changes to the deal to extend the Bush-era tax cuts negotiated by President Obama and congressional Republicans. "I think that the framework that was agreed to is the one that will be voted on tomorrow," Axelrod said, adding that he expects the deal to pass. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), a critic of the tax deal, acknowledged that the package was likely to pass, but he said "a lot of Democrats will vote against this," including himself. He predicted that Republicans will continue to pin the deficit on Obama and will seize on it to call for cuts to government programs. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) slammed the deal for giving "$68 billion to 'trust-fund babies' while giving just $56 billion to the unemployed. He said the president should have held out for a two- or three-year extension of unemployment insurance. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said House Democrats should "accept the reality" that in three weeks Republicans will control their chamber and "try to project what the president's bargaining power is at that point."
Axelrod dismissed the idea that the Obama has tacked to the center, saying "the president is who the president has always been." He said he doesn't think Obama will face a primary challenge from the left in 2012. On the news that Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, remains in critical condition following emergency heart surgery, Axelrod said "Anyone who knows him - and I was with him Friday morning before this happened, knows how tough and resilient he is. And we're all praying that that quality sees him through now." Former Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair suggested that South Korea may take military action if the North continues its recent aggression.
FOX NEWS SUNDAY - Van Hollen, Ryan disagree on tax deal changes
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said a version of the current tax cut compromise is likely to come to the House floor, even though some Democrats refuse to support it. Van Hollen, who himself opposes the current deal, said the estate tax remains the problem for many Democratic opponents and that they would like to have an opportunity to change it. "There will be an opportunity for the House to work it's will," Van Hollen. "The main sticking point for most people ... is this particular issue with the estate tax." Van Hollen said a number of Democrats think Obama "got out-negotiated" by Republicans on the deal.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who is set to become the next chairman of the House Budget Committee, said Republicans don't want any changes to the package. "We're not interested in changing this deal," Ryan said. "We're interested in passing this through." Ryan also said that, if the deal doesn't pass during the lame duck session, it will pass in the new Congress under a GOP House majority, and Republicans will make its provisions retroactive to the start of the year, when the Bush tax cuts expire.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who is promoting a new book that describes his judicial philosophy, said he will attend the upcoming State of the Union Address, even though Justice Samuel Alito has said he will no longer attend. Alito and Justice John Roberts have complained that President Obama last year criticized the court, even as the justices are expected to sit their expressionless.
CSPAN: NEWSMAKERS - Levin: Senate will take up 'don't ask' repeal again
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said he expects a standalone version of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays in the military to be brought up in the Senate. A defense authorization bill that included a repeal of the policy failed last week. "I think that is probably the best route to doing it," Levin said. But he noted that the measure is still subject to a filibuster, which held up the defense bill.
CBS: FACE THE NATION - Dean: No 2012 primary challenge for Obama
Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, who disagrees with President Obama on the tax cut compromise, said he doesn't think Obama will face a primary challenge in 2012. "I think that would be a bad thing for the country, and I think it would be a bad thing for the Democratic Party," Dean said. "I think he will not get an opponent."
White House senior adviser David Axelrod said the compromise is open to a few changes, but that it should largely be voted on as-is. "The vote that's going to be taken is on this framework," he said. "I don't see huge changes here." Axelrod said he thinks the current compromise will have the votes, though he declined to say whether the votes are there right now.
ABC: THIS WEEK - Axelrod: House Dems will 'come together' on tax deal
Making the rounds on several Sunday news shows, White House adviser David Axelrod predicted that House Democrats will "come together" in support of President Obama's tax-cut deal, though they are unlikely to change it sigfnificantly. Salam Fayyad, prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, said Palestinians remain committed to the creation of a Palestinian state and Israel must clarify its position on ending its occupation of Palestinian territory. Ex-Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni, the leader of Israel's Kadima opposition party, criticized her government's rejection of a temporary freeze on settlement-building. She said a peace deal with the Palestinians is "in the Israeli interest."
Photo credit: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
Matt DeLong and Aaron Blake
| December 12, 2010; 1:57 PM ET
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