Sahil Kapur

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McCain 2008 campaign adviser Nicolle Wallace said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" roundtable that Republican criticism of the Romney campaign will probably continue, but she argued that it's less severe than what John McCain was facing at this stage in the 2008 campaign.

"The Republicans that feel angst feel less today than they did four years ago this week," she said. "So they don't view this campaign as much of a calamity as the campaign I was part of, the McCain-Palin campaign. But they are deeply worried."

Appearing Sunday on CBS' "Face The Nation," Bill Clinton addressed the possibility of Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016.

"I don't know," the former president said. "She wants to take some time off. ... I think we ought to give her a chance to organize her life and decide what she wants to do."

"I have no earthly idea what she'll decide to do," he said. "I've never met anybody who I thought was any better than her at this. ... Whatever she does, I'm for her first, last and always."

Appearing Sunday on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS," Bill Clinton weighed in on the state of the presidential race.

"I think the president has the advantage now," he said. "We did have a very good convention. He got a good boost out of it."

"The real question is who's got the better plan for the future. I think he'll win that argument."

Appearing on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS, Bill Clinton was asked whether he sees any truth to Mitt Romney's characterization that the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes are dependent on government.

"No," the former president responded. He noted that much of those 47 percent pay payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare as well as state and local taxes.

"The money we spend is not out of line with other advanced countries," he said. "In fact, we spend a smaller percentage of our GDP than almost any other country."

Asked if the uneathed remarks are a "game changer" for Romney, Clinton said, "I think it puts a heavier burden on him in the debates to talk about what he meant."

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) dodged a question Sunday about whether Harry Reid should apologize to Mitt Romney in the wake of the Republican candidate release of more tax data on Friday.

"Nobody's going to vote based on Mitt Romney's tax returns," Graham said on CNN's "State of the Union," before praising Romney for giving some 30 percent of his earnings to charity in 2011.

"I'm sort of amazed at the generosity of the Romneys," he said. "And he has paid his taxes lawfully."

Sen. Dick Durbin (IL), the No. 2 Democrat in the chamber, on Sunday touted President Obama's lead in the polls but said the president's reelection campaign will not to become complacent.

"The momentum has shifted in Obama's direction and that's a good thing from out point of view," he said on CNN's "State of the Union." "We're not taking anything for granted."

He said Mitt Romney's woes "have given the president more traction" in battleground states.

Mainstream Republicans have confided in Sen. Chuck Schumer that they intend to regain control of the GOP from the tea party wing if Mitt Romney loses the election, the New York Democrat told reporters Thursday.

"There has always been a group of Republicans that want to compromise. But they have been outshouted, outflanked by tea party. They're about equal," Schumer said. "If we keep the Senate and the president wins, and even better if we take the House, though the mainstream -- there are no moderates -- the mainstream Republicans are going to be strengthened. They've told me that. And the leaders -- both [House Speaker John] Boehner and [Senate Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell sort of have a foot in each camp. But they're pulled and dragged by the tea party. They're going to be strengthened to come and compromise with us."

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Flanked by his leadership team at a Thursday press conference, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) dodged two questions about Mitt Romney's controversial remarks about the poor and middle class, and beseeched the "hand-wringing" political media to stop suggesting the election is slipping away from Republicans.

"This election is about jobs," he said, in response to his first two questions, which were about Romney's recently unearthed remarks from a fundraiser deriding 47 percent of American voters as freeloaders who won't take responsibility for their lives. "Everybody's going to try to make this election about everything other than what it is."

Asked if he still believes the election is a referendum on President Obama, the speaker launched into an extended critique of the press' portrayal of the contest.

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Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan gave his fellow House Republicans a pep talk during a closed-door meeting Thursday, seeking to calm their nerves amid recent speculation that the presidential race is slipping away from Mitt Romney.

The House budget chief vowed that the efforts he and his Republican have undertaken since taking over the chamber last year will elevate the Romney-Ryan ticket in the remaining weeks. But the consequence of all those controversial votes, Ryan suggested to GOP members, is that the election will be a choice between two different visions for the country. That's a far cry from the referendum on President Obama's leadership that Republicans had hoped to make the election about.

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