TPMDC Sunday Roundup

Hillary Clinton Calls For Democracy In Egypt
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared on all five major Sunday morning talk shows, calling for a peaceful transition to democracy in Egypt. She said on State of the Union: “We want to see this peaceful uprising on the part of the Egyptian people to demand their rights to be responded to in a very clear, unambiguous way by the government, and then a process of national dialogue that will lead to the changes that the Egyptian people seek and that they deserve,”

Daley: Mubarak Must Support “Basic Human Rights”
Appearing on Face The Nation, White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley called for the Egyptian government to show restraint in the current political crisis. “The determination of Egypt will be done by the people of Egypt,” said Daley. “The U.S., again, can stand by, we can support, we can support the basic human rights of the people of Egypt.”Mccain: ‘Real Opportunity To See A Democratic Transition’ In Egypt
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) appeared on State of the Union, and commented on the crisis in Egypt. “All of these rights that individuals have are not confined to the United States of the America and our allies,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I still think that we have a real opportunity to see a democratic transition.”

Hillary Clinton: ‘Not going To Into Hypotheticals And Speculation’ On Egypt
Appearing on Meet The Press, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked whether Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak should lose power. “You know, I, I believe strongly that we are only at the beginning of what is unfolding in Egypt. I’m not going to go into hypotheticals and speculation other than to say that President Mubarak and his government have been an important partner to the United States,” said Clinton. “I mean, let’s not, you know, just focus on today. This is a government that made and kept a peace with Israel that was incredibly important, avoiding violence, turmoil, death in the region. But so much more has to be done, and that is what we are urging.”

McConnell: We Hope Egypt Will Still Be An Ally
Appearing on Meet The Press, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said: “Well, I don’t have much to add to what Secretary Clinton said. We, we all know Egypt has been an extraordinarily important ally of ours. The Suez Canal has been kept open for commerce. They have worked with Israel to prevent, to a large extent, arms from going into Gaza because the Gaza-Egyptian border’s been a sensitive subject. And of course, we’re grateful for the 30-year peace agreement with Israel. So they are an indispensable ally. And we hope that at the end of the day, when whatever changes are going to occur do occur, that we’ll still have an important ally.”

Hillary Clinton: ‘No Discussion As Of This Time’ To Cut Off Egyptian Aid
Appearing on This Week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked whether a crackdown by the Egyptian military would result in a cutoff of U.S. military aid. In response, Clinton said that no, as of right now the administration was monitoring the situation. “We have sent a very clear message that we want to see restraint, we do not want to see violence by any security forces, and we continue to convey that message. There is no discussion as of this time about cutting off any aid. We always are looking and reviewing our aid.”

Boehner: Debt Default ‘Would Be A Financial Disaster’
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said that spending would have to be cut in exchange for increasing the debt limit. “If the president is going to ask us to increase the debt limit, then he’s going to have to be willing to cut up the credit cards,” said Boehner. However, he also ruled out the possibility of the United States going into default on debt. “That would be a financial disaster not only for our country, but for the worldwide economy,” he said. “You can’t create jobs if you default on the federal debt.”