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Appearing on "Fox News Sunday" this morning, Karl Rove called a newly revealed proposal to torpedo President Obama in November using Rev. Jeremiah Wright "stupid."
“Speaking from the perspective of the Super PAC, you want to try to do things that you think will be helpful to the Super PAC and not things that will be hurtful, and Frankly trying to dredge up Jeremiah Wright right or wrong after this issue was litigated four years ago by John McCain deciding not to litigate it was stupid,” he said.
Appearing on CNN's "State Of The Union," Obama adviser David Axelrod said that attacks on Gov. Mitt Romney's faith, Mormonism are "not fair game."
"Does the re-elect committee repudiate the idea that Mormonism should be on the table?" CNN's Candy Crowley asked.
"Absolutely and we have right along," Axelorod said. "We've said that's not fair game. And we wish that Governor Romney would stand up as strongly and as resolutely consistently to -- to -- to refute these kinds of things on his side. Instead he's amplified them in the past. And he's put logs on that fire. And that's not leadership."
Appearing on NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday, Newark, New Jersey Mayor and Obama surrogate Cory Booker said he was "uncomfortable" with the Obama campaign's attacks on Mitt Romney's record with Bain Capital.
"It's a distraction from the real issues," Booker said, of both attacks on Bain and Rev. Jeremiah Wright. "It's either gonna be a small campaign about this crap, or it's gonna be a big campaign about the issues the American public cares about."
"I'm not about to sit here and indict private equity," Booker added. "If you look at the totality of Bain Capital's record, they've done a lot to support businesses — to grow businesses. And this to me, I'm very uncomfortable."
Booker's remarks stepped on the Obama campaign's portrayal of Mitt Romney's time at Bain - and instantly gave fodder to Republicans with a "They Said It!" RNC posting.
On NBC's "Meet The Press," Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) declined to say whether he was being vetted for Mitt Romney's running mate.
“Look, I’m not going to get into the internal process of another campaign," he said. "I’m focused on doing my job here as a Wisconsin congressman, as a budget committee chairman. So I’m just not going to get into that speculation.”
Appearing on NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday morning, host David Gregory asked Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) how both of their parties will respond should Barack Obama or Mitt Romney win the election in November.
"What's going to happen at the end of the year is largely going to be determined by who wins in this November election," Ryan said of the impending budget issues - Bush tax cuts, debt limit and unemployment insurance - that need to be addressed by the end of this year.
Gregory then asked Ryan that if the outcome of these major issues depends on the election, what his party's response will be should President Obama win.
"Are you saying the election will not change what Republican leaders will do and should do in order to compromise?" Gregory pressed.
"We would like to do tax reform," Ryan said, largely ducking the question.
Gregory then posed the same question to Sen. Durbin.
"If Gov. Romney wins, do Democratic leaders say 'you know what, we're going to have to compromise on this?'"
"Gov. Romney wants to return to same policies as Bush administration," Durbin hedged, maintaining that Senate Democrats would pursue a bipartisan approach by sticking with Bowles-Simpson principles, the deficit commission set up by President Obama that failed to produce a real solution in 2009.
"It doesn't sound like the election is going to solve anything that's going to lead to Washington governing any better," David Gregory incredulously remarked at a panel following the segment.
Panelist Mike Murphy, a Republican strategist, retorted that "the tough reality is that elections are about not solving anything, because when you solve something you go to the voters with pain."
"So the elections are about winning and then maybe doing something later," Murphy added.
House Speaker John Boehner said in an interview taped to air Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that new regulations would not have prevented a trading debacle by Wall Street giant JP Morgan in which the investment bank lost at least $2 billion dollars.
"There's no law against stupidity. No law against stupid trades," Boehner said.
"And as long as the positives, money wasn't at risk, and as long as there's no risk of a taxpayer bailout-- they should be held accountable by the market and their shareholders." Boehner added. "And they are."
"I don't believe there's anything in Dodd-Frank- that would've prevented this activity at JP Morgan," Boehner said.
House Speaker John Boehner on ABC's "This Week" responded to a New York Times story revealing a plot to use Rev. Jeremiah Wright to attack President Obama in November.
"Well, look, this kind of nonsense shouldn't happen," Speaker Boehner said. "The election's gonna be about the economy and getting Americans back to work. And I think Governor Romney's prescriptions are much better."
In an interview scheduled to air on ABC's 'This Week', House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) compared his sometimes unruly GOP caucus to "218 frogs in a wheelbarrow," the number of votes needed to pass a bill in the House.
“I’ve never been shy about leading," Boehner said. "But you know, leaders need followers. And we’ve got 89 brand new members. We’ve got a pretty disparate caucus. It's hard to keep 218 frogs in a wheelbarrow long enough to get a bill passed.”
Penning a Sunday morning op-ed in the Chicago Tribune entitled “Reinforcing Alliance's Military Might Is Vital,” Mitt Romney criticized America's involvement in the NATO alliance, saying the coalition stands at a "crossroads."
For it to succeed, NATO "requires strong American leadership. And it also requires that member states carry their own weight. "In recent years, neither requirement has been sufficiently met," Romney writes.
Romney further criticized President Obama "weakening" the military through defense cuts, "stunning" Poland and the Czech Republic by withdrawing from an agreement to station missile defense sites on their territories, and for a hot-mic moment in which Obama told Russia's then Prime Minister Medvedev that he'd have more "flexibility" after the election to tackle missile defense.