Rep. Napolitano: 'If you're scared then you shouldn't be in politics' (Sunday talk shows)
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.
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.
Aaron Blake and Emi Kolawole
| January 16, 2011; 11:33 AM ET
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