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Rep. Napolitano: 'If you're scared then you shouldn't be in politics' (Sunday talk shows)

By Aaron Blake and Emi Kolawole

CNN State of the Union

Rep. Napolitano: 'If you're scared then you shouldn't be in politics.'

Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) and Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Penn.), a practicing child psychologist for three decades, joined host Candy Crowley to discuss the aftermath of the shooting in Tucson.

"Unfortunately, people are going after the low-hanging fruit," said Murphy, saying that there were other aspects of society and public policy -- like video games and state health care systems -- that could use attention.

"These youngsters don't vote," said Napolitano, adding that focus on mental health care has always bounced in and out of the spotlight as tragedies emerge and then dissipate from the public conscious.

"There were warning signs and people didn't know they could step forward to help this individual," Napolitano said. "I don't think this was political."

She went on to defend lawmakers' need to interact one-on-one with their constituents. "If you're scared then you shouldn't be in politics," she said.

Face the Nation

Rudy Giuliani: 'The lack of civil discourse wasn't the cause of this'

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) said the tone of political discourse didn't lead to the attack in Tucson. "The lack of civil discourse wasn't the cause of this, as some people thought," Giuliani said, according to a transcript. Giuliani said Loughner provided enough of a picture of mental instability before the shootings that someone should have intervened.

Former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell (D) called for President Obama to act on gun rights issues. "I think the nation's spirits would be lifted if the Congress acted quickly with the president and reinstated the assault weapons ban, which also had the ban on these large magazines, these clips that carried 30-plus bullets," Rendell said.

Fox News Sunday

Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.): 'I am not going to run' for president

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said that he is not ready to run for president and that he needs to honor his commitment to the term he began just one year ago. "You've got to believe in your heart that you're personally ready to be president, and I'm not there," he said. "I am not arrogant enough to believe that after one year as governor of New Jersey and seven years as United States attorney that I am ready to be President of the United States, so I'm not going to run."

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) declined to criticize former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) for the health care bill Romney signed in Massachusetts, which has been compared to the national bill. "I'm not going to get sucked into criticizing Mitt Romney or the Massachusetts plan," Pawlenty said. "The Massachusetts plan speaks for itself; we took a different approach in Minnesota."

Pawlenty also said that if he runs for president, he needs to either do very well or win the Iowa caucuses.

ABC's This Week

Pima County Deputy Sheriff: Loughner's encounters with law enforcement 'relatively benign'

This Week featured a town hall-style discussion on the shootings in Tucson.

Pima County Deputy Sheriff Richard Kastigar fought back against the idea that the authorities should have intervened with Jared Lee Loughner before he allegedly went on a killing spree in Tucson. He said Loughner's contacts with authorities were "relatively benign." "In their totality, as viewed by law enforcement, they would not rise to the level of causing us to be necessarily concerned about him committing a violent act, because none of the actions were necessarily violent," Kastigar said.

C-SPAN Newsmakers

Secy. Sebelius: Health-care law 'Implementation is absolutely on schedule'

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius joined Amy Goldstein of The Washington Post and Jeffrey Young of Bloomberg News.

"Implementation is absolutely on schedule," said Sebelius, calling the effort "a daunting task."

Asked about the upcoming health-care repeal vote, Sebelius said, "I think it gives us...an opportunity." She went on to cite a variety of benefits under the bill, including small business tax credits, the ability for parents to keep their children on their family health care plans longer, and the elimination of health care cost caps.

"Can this bill be improved? You bet," said Sebelius. "This is a platform for a new health care system," continued the secretary," and I think, as we go forward, we look forward to...discussing with Congress ways it could be improved."

Asked if the Department was making any contingency plans in case the law was struck down, Sebelius did not detail any, emphasizing that the Department was working to implement the law. "We're going to continue to implement the law as long as it's the law, and I hope that it's for centuries to come."

NBC's Meet the Press

Sen. Coburn: 'I've pretty much been disgusted with all the media'

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) joined host David Gregory to provide an update as to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's (D-Ariz.) condition. "She's making progress every day, she's using both sides of her body," said Gillibrand, going on to call Giffords's story "inspiring."

Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) discussed the state of gun-control legislation and the nature of the existing laws. "I am ... writing the administration...that the military notify the FBI when someone is rejected form the military for excessive drug use and that be added to the FBI database," said Schumer. Coburn emphasized the need to focus on condition of states' mental health-care systems rather than focus on the nation's gun laws, "We need to make sure that we fix the right problem."

Both Senators were called to comment on the nature of political discourse and how it relates to the tragedy. "I've pretty much been disgusted with all the media - right and left - after this episode," said Coburn. Coburn was then challenged to reject rhetoric from some on the right that cast the president as an unpatriotic outsider, "Of course I reject that," said Coburn, going on to say that the discussion was ignoring the "real problems" facing the country. "What we can't question is our president's love for this country, Chuck Schumer's love for this country," Coburn said.

The conversation switched to health care, "We've gone in the wrong direction," said Coburn, saying that the new health care law had responded to coverage issues but failed to address costs. "We're not through with the debate on health care in this country."

Schumer said Democrats "welcome, in a sense," Republicans' efforts to repeal.

By Aaron Blake and Emi Kolawole  | January 16, 2011; 11:33 AM ET
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Comments

Being in denial is a convenient excuse for politicians not to take responsibility for their part and an excuse for doing nothing to solve the problem. Face it... This country has people who are insane and on the edge of insane who have not been diagnosed or even seen by a psychiatrist. Can you spot them? No, I didn't think so. Besides, there are limits as to what can be done. Politicians want us to think that we are responsible because of failure to act on witnessing odd behavior. They deny that their own negative comments, i.e., the President is a Muslim terrorist, the other party is "the enemy" had anything to influencing the thought process of an insane person. They're dead wrong. They are public figures and if they choose to use fear to garner votes they will get more than they bargain for. Until they learn to respectfully disagree instead of what they've been doing - portraying anyone who disagree with their point of view as a freak, the enemy, or worse yet, a terrorist - they will affect the minds of some who will act. I've had the feeling for a long time that politicians are creating a new "civil war" - Republicans vs Democrats - because they aren't working together and have divided the people. People call each other names and dismiss the opinions of others because of the way the media and the politicians have treated each other.

Posted by: deborahjbrown | January 18, 2011 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Being in denial is a convenient excuse for politicians not to take responsibility for their part and an excuse for doing nothing to solve the problem. Face it... This country has people who are insane and on the edge of insane who have not been diagnosed or even seen by a psychiatrist. Can you spot them? No, I didn't think so. Besides, there are limits as to what can be done. Politicians want us to think that we are responsible because of failure to act on witnessing odd behavior. They deny that their own negative comments, i.e., the President is a Muslim terrorist, the other party is "the enemy" had anything to influencing the thought process of an insane person. They're dead wrong. They are public figures and if they choose to use fear to garner votes they will get more than they bargain for. Until they learn to respectfully disagree instead of what they've been doing - portraying anyone who disagree with their point of view as a freak, the enemy, or worse yet, a terrorist - they will affect the minds of some who will act. I've had the feeling for a long time that politicians are creating a new "civil war" - Republicans vs Democrats - because they aren't working together and have divided the people. People call each other names and dismiss the opinions of others because of the way the media and the politicians have treated each other.

Posted by: deborahjbrown | January 18, 2011 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Hey Schumer....let's start by getting rid of all those gun toting folks in government jobs, like NY cops that have used (convicted DUI,PFA's,and such should be included) drugs, state police, security firms, FBI, ATF,IRS, Congress & Senate security and of course the President who admitted use and has the big bomb under his control. Have you ever read the info on applying for the FBI? A little drug use is OK. And while your at it you need to address all those using prescription drugs as those guns don't know from an illegal gun user pulling the trigger. You Schumer, are the cause of a screwed-up government rather than any solution to problems!

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | January 17, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Gov. I love you like a brother, and have been awaiting someone like you to straighten out New Jersey for longer than I can remember. But picturing you running for anything, even a bus, is a little hard for me to visualize.

Posted by: puck-101 | January 17, 2011 6:52 AM | Report abuse

Gov. I love you like a brother, and have been awaiting someone like you to straighten out New Jersey for longer than I can remember. But picturing you running for anything, even a bus, is a little hard for me to visualize.

Posted by: puck-101 | January 17, 2011 6:52 AM | Report abuse

Gov. I love you like a brother, and have been awaiting someone like you to straighten out New Jersey for longer than I can remember. But picturing you running for anything, even a bus, is a little hard for me to visualize.

Posted by: puck-101 | January 17, 2011 6:51 AM | Report abuse


My wife and two children and I live in the state of Illinois. Our current health insurance plan is a Choice Plan that is provided by Wise Health Insurance. The plan itself is a consumer driven health care plan.

Posted by: alexsilcox | January 17, 2011 6:29 AM | Report abuse

Well, it's good that Christie isn't running because he looks like a walking heart attack, just like Rush Limbaugh! Overweight and stress do not go well together!

Posted by: Maerzie | January 17, 2011 12:41 AM | Report abuse

NAPOLITANO EVIDENTLY VIEWS POLITICS AS A GLADIATOR EVENT, WITH KILLING AN INEVITABLE PART OF THE SPORT. DOES IT NOT BEAR REMEMBERING THAT GLADIATOR GAMES WAS A MECHANISM FOR THE ROMAN GOVERNMENT TO PLACATE AND DISTRACT THEIR CITIZENS FROM OTHER CRITICAL ISSUES? DO YOU SEE A PARALLEL, POSSIBLY MORE REVEALING THAN NAPOLITANO INTENDED?

DOESN'T IT REQUIRE ONE CRAZY PERSON TO BE ABLE TO GET INSIDE THE HEAD OF ANOTHER CRAZY PERSON, MR. GIULIANI? UNFORTUNATELY, THE FACT BRINGS YOUR CONCLUSION INTO QUESTION, HOWEVER.

SENATOR COBURN, THANK YOU FOR ACKNOWLEDGING THE WISDOM OF ADDRESSING ONE OF THE CAUSES OF VIOLENCE, INSTEAD OF RANTING ABOUT THE MEANS OF EXECUTING IT. BUT, SHOULD YOUR DISGUST NOT BE DIRECTED AT THOSE WHO ARE NOT FULFILLING THEIR JOB DESCRIPTIONS, INSTEAD OF AT THE MEDIA. IF CONGRESS DID MORE TO ALLEVIATE THE SOURCE CAUSES OF VIOLENCE, MEDIA WOULD NOT HAVE AS MUCH OF IT TO REPORT, WOULD THEY? ALSO, SENATOR COBURN, THE PEOPLE SUGGEST THAT ENOUGH OF THE MONEY THAT IS NOW BEING SIPHONED AND GIVEN TO SPECIAL INTERESTS, BE REDIRECTED TO COVER THE COSTS OF HEALTH CARE, COPY?

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Posted by: commonsense4commongoodcom | January 16, 2011 10:10 PM | Report abuse

TexRancher, I don't see why a Los Angeles congresswoman like Rep. Grace Napolitano should be any more responsible for securing the border and getting rid of illegal invaders than Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania or, for that matter, your congressperson is.

Posted by: Itzajob | January 16, 2011 9:47 PM | Report abuse

TexRancher, I don't see why a Los Angeles congresswoman like Rep. Grace Napolitano should be any more responsible for securing the border and getting rid of illegal invaders any more than Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania or, for that matter, your congressperson is.

Posted by: Itzajob | January 16, 2011 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Ed Rendell is still the governor of Pennsylvania until Tuesday.

Posted by: NathanielD | January 16, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Ed Rendell is still the governor of Pennsylvania until Tuesday.

Posted by: NathanielD | January 16, 2011 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Napolitano says you should interact with constituients? Does that mean listen to them or dictate to them?

She should listen and then do her job securing the border and then getting rid of ILLEGAL INVADERS!

Posted by: TexRancher | January 16, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't appear that Gov. Christie has ever done much "running" for anything but public office and the kitchen table.

Posted by: BBear1 | January 16, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

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