TPMDC Sunday Roundup

November 28, 2010 8:49 a.m.

Hillary Clinton On Pat-Downs: ‘Not If I Could Avoid It’
Appearing on Face The Nation, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked whether she would want to submit to the current airport security pat-downs. “Not if I could avoid it. No, I mean, who would?” said Clinton. She also added: “Clearly, as Secretary Napolitano has said, we’re doing this because the terrorists keep getting more creative about what they do to hide explosives. You know, crazy things like underwear.”

Hillary Clinton: Senate Should Ratify START
Also during her appearance on Face The Nation, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on the Senate to ratify the START arms control treaty with Russia. “Now at the end of the day, the Senators have to decide. But I would hope that this treaty would be treated as others — whether it was a Democratic or Republican president – saw their treaties in arms control with the Russians treated,” said Clinton. She also added: “This is beyond politics.”McCain Compares Palin To Reagan
Appearing on State of the Union, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was asked whether his former running mate Sarah Palin is divisive. “I think anybody that has the visibility that Sarah has is obviously going to have some divisiveness,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I remember that a guy named Ronald Reagan used to be viewed by some as divisive.”

McCain: ‘Simply False’ to Say That DADT Has Damaged Military
Also during his appearance on State of the Union, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) defended the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. “The military is at its highest point in recruitment, in retention, in professionalism, in capability,” McCain said. “So to somehow allege that this policy has been damaging the military is simply false.” He also criticized President Obama’s campaign promise to repeal it as “a political promise made by an inexperienced president or candidate for president of the United States.”

Kyl: There Are ‘Higher Priority Items’ Than Ratifying START In Lame Duck
Appearing on Meet The Press, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) said that the Senate would not be able to ratify the START treaty during the lame-duck session: “If the leader of the Senate, Senator Reid, were to allow a couple of weeks for full debate and amendment of the resolution of ratification, then theoretically there would be time. But he has made it clear that he has a different agenda in mind. And I, I think clearly they’ve got to set some priorities here. Are they going to deal with the funding of the government for the remainder of the fiscal year? They’ve got to do that. Are they going to deal with the issue which is on everybody’s mind, that you mentioned earlier, and that is to ensure that we don’t have a big tax increase, the largest tax increase in the history of the country. These are higher priority items.”

Durbin: Failure To Ratify START ‘Going To Pose A Danger to The United States’
Appearing on Meet The Press, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) responded to Kyl: “The failure of the United States Senate to ratify the START treaty immediately is going to pose a danger to the United States and its security. And let me give a historical analogy. It wasn’t that long ago that a Republican president appealed to Congress on a bipartisan basis–it was President George W. Bush after 9/11–to rewrite the architecture of our intelligence agencies with a new Department of Homeland Security. Senator Susan Collins, the chairman of the committee at that time and a Republican, Senator Joe Lieberman, a Democrat, got together and did it. They constructed this new scenario that has made us safer as a nation and they did it during a lame duck session. There is no excuse for us to, to ignore this responsibility and to say we’ll wait several months.”

Graham: I’ll Stop Civilian Trials For 9/11
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that he had the votes to block the Justice Department from holding civilian trials for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other alleged 9/11 conspirators. “I think it is a big mistake to criminalize the war, to take someone you’ve held under the law of war as an enemy combatant for six or seven years, then put them in civilian court. It is a disaster waiting to happen,” said Graham.

Warren Buffett: Raise Taxes On Wealthy — Trickle-Down Hasn’t Worked
Appearing on This Week, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett said that taxes should be raised for very wealthy people such as himself, and possibly cut even further for middle and lower earners. “The rich are always going to say that, you know, just give us more money and we’ll go out and spend more and then it will all trickle down to the rest of you,” said Buffett. “But that has not worked the last 10 years, and I hope the American public is catching on.”

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