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Sunday Political Talk Show interviews during 2013, interviewing presidential hopefuls for 2016

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    from Sunday Political Talk Show interviews during 2013 (number of quotes indicated):
  • Barack Obama (1) Democratic President (elected 2008)
  • Ben Carson (1) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
  • Bill Richardson (1) New Mexico Former Democratic Governor (2002-2010) and Cabinet Sec'y
  • Bobby Jindal (1) Louisiana Republican Governor
  • Chris Christie (9) New Jersey Republican Governor
  • Colin Powell (2) Cabinet-2005
  • Jeb Bush (14) Florida Republican Governor
  • Jon Huntsman (3) Utah Former GOP Governor (2005-2009); Ambassador to China
  • Marco Rubio (12) Republican Senator (FL)
  • Mike Bloomberg (6) New York Mayor of NYC
  • Mike Huckabee (3) Arkansas Former GOP Governor (1996-2006); Pres. candidate (2008)
  • Newt Gingrich (1) Republican
  • Paul Ryan (15) Republican
  • Peter King (5) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
  • Rand Paul (21) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
  • Rick Perry (3) Texas Republican Governor
  • Rob Portman (3) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
  • Rudy Giuliani (2) New York Former Mayor of NYC
  • Scott Walker (3) Wisconsin Republican Governor
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This collection of excerpts comes from the five Sunday Talk Show interviews, during 2013, of 2016 presidential hopefuls.

    A long-standing political tradition is the Sunday morning talk show, beginning with "Meet the Press" in 1947. Currently, five separate "talking head" programs appear on five different TV stations every Sunday morning.

    Making an appearance on all five talk shows on one Sunday is known as a Full Ginsburg, because it was first accomplished by William Ginsburg (Monica Lewinsky's attorney) in 1998. In 2013, both Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio accomplished a Full Ginsburg, fueling speculation that both are planning a presidential run in 2016.

    OnTheIssues.org excerpts all five of the shows, listed below, with their respective interviewing pundits and each pundit's political affiliation:

  • ABC This Week: (George Stephanopoulos; liberal; from Bill Clinton's staff)
  • CNN "State of the Union": (Candy Crowley; moderate liberal)
  • Fox News Sunday: (Chris Wallace; conservative)
  • Meet the Press: (David Gregory; moderate)
  • CBS Face the Nation: (Bob Schieffer; moderate; ran briefly as Democrat for governor of Texas in 2009)

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Scott Walker: I'm proudly pro-life, but focus on fiscal issues.
    Rick Perry: More restrictions on abortion clinics; 5-month limit.
    Rand Paul: Personhood at conception, including embryonic stem cells.
Budget & Economy
    Paul Ryan: Tea Party helps keep the taxpayer in the game.
    Paul Ryan: My budget deal got Democrats to agree to long-term sequester.
    Paul Ryan: When Fed "tapers", interest rates rise & hurts us fiscally.
    Rand Paul: The sequester is the law of the land: can't compromise on it.
    Paul Ryan: Sequester on discretionary spending yes; no on $1.2T savings.
Civil Rights
    Mike Huckabee: Homosexuality is a sin the same as heterosexual lust.
    Colin Powell: We have not yet fully accomplished MLK's dream.
    Rand Paul: Let states decide same-sex marriage; don't federalize it.
    Rob Portman: Change of heart: give gays the joy & stability of marriage.
    Scott Walker: Perhaps leave gay marriage up to each church, not government.
    Mike Huckabee: Axis of evil exists between Washington and Wall Street.
    Rick Perry: I think our justice system is color blind.
    Rand Paul: Don't promote marijuana but don't jail non-violent criminals.
    Jeb Bush: No Child Left Behind got states to start reforms.
    Jeb Bush: Common core lets 1,000 different curriculum flowers bloom.
    Jeb Bush: We test too much; focus on accountability instead.
    Rand Paul: Federal student loans are ok, if within spending limits.
Energy & Oil
    Jeb Bush: A "patriotic energy policy" will yield far more revenue.
    Rand Paul: Hurricane Sandy relief ads were conflict of interest.
    Rand Paul: Hurricane recovery money is bankrupting the government.
    Mike Bloomberg: Smoking ban has spread from NYC to every big city.
Foreign Policy
    Chris Christie: America should be clear to world about what we stand for.
Government Reform
    Colin Powell: Voter ID laws unnecessarily make minority voting harder.
Gun Control
    Marco Rubio: Has a concealed weapon permit, but does not carry a weapon.
    Marco Rubio: New gun laws are ineffective, so don't pass them.
    Mike Bloomberg: 80% of NRA members support background checks.
    Mike Bloomberg: Background checks do work, and should be highest priority.
Health Care
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: 7M new Medicaid includes woodwork & normal churn.
    Mike Huckabee: TEFRA model: subsidize extraordinary medical expenses.
    Scott Walker: Didn't accept additional Medicaid money from ObamaCare.
    Chris Christie: Expand Medicare, but no N.J. ObamaCare exchange.
    Chris Christie: ObamaCare was a mistake; a failed policy from the start.
    Rand Paul: ObamaCare cuts hundreds of choices down to just four.
    Jeb Bush: Let ObamaCare fail due to its own dysfunction.
    Ben Carson: ObamaCare is the worst thing since slavery.
    Rob Portman: Repeal and replace ObamaCare.
    Rand Paul: It's Congress' job to fight to change ObamaCare.
    Jon Huntsman: Politics aside, let's see if ObamaCare works or not.
    Bill Richardson: ObamaCare will be crowning achievement once we get it done.
    Paul Ryan: Strategize to delay ObamaCare; don't try for repeal yet.
    Mike Bloomberg: Obesity kills more people than smoking; limit portion size.
    Paul Ryan: Call for repealing ObamaCare despite lack of votes to do so.
    Mike Bloomberg: Large sugary drink rule is portion control, not a ban.
    Paul Ryan: Don't expand Medicare & Medicaid; they don't work.
    Paul Ryan: Medicare premium support harnesses the power of competition.
Homeland Security
    Peter King: NSA needs secrecy, and has had no abuses.
    Rand Paul: Allow challenges to NSA in open court, not FISA court.
    Peter King: N.S.A. spying has saved thousands of lives.
    Peter King: Problem with Snowden leak is lack of presidential leadership.
    Paul Ryan: Restrict NSA and surveillance, but don't scrap PATRIOT Act.
    Rand Paul: Give trials to Guantanamo detainees.
    Rudy Giuliani: It's not ethnic profiling to focus on Muslims.
    Rand Paul: Filibuster to establish no drones on citizens in America.
    Newt Gingrich: Train women for combat, even if not formally in combat.
    Marco Rubio: FactCheck: No MarcoPhones, and no executive DREAMers either.
    Marco Rubio: Give kids of illegal immigrants in-state tuition rates.
    Chris Christie: Path to citizenship in context of fixing broken system.
    Paul Ryan: Step-by-step approach, not a big massive immigration bill.
    Rick Perry: Why isn't D.C. talking with border states about the border?
    Jeb Bush: FactCheck: Yes, immigrants are more fertile.
    Marco Rubio: Compare reform to existing situation of 11 million illegals.
    Marco Rubio: Green cards after 10 years; secure border; & e-Verify.
    Marco Rubio: Border control: 90% apprehension and 100% surveillance.
    Marco Rubio: Not amnesty: 15-year wait, plus fee, minus federal benefits.
    Rand Paul: Legal status, but not citizenship, for illegal immigrants.
    Jeb Bush: Reform must make it easier to come legally than illegally.
    Jeb Bush: People come illegally because there's no legal path to come.
    Jeb Bush: My plan is legalization, not self-deportation.
    Jeb Bush: Path to citizenship or path to legalization: both could work.
    Jeb Bush: Path to citizenship or path to legalization: both could work.
    Paul Ryan: Earned legalization while respecting the rule of law.
    Paul Ryan: No more unemployment extension after 13th time since 2008.
    Rand Paul: Extending unemployment benefits does disservice to workers.
    Rand Paul: National Right-to-Work Act: no forced unionization.
Principles & Values
    Chris Christie: Parties should become pragmatic when they are out of power.
    Rand Paul: We don't need new principles, just to stand by those we have.
    Jeb Bush: Obama divided into "them vs. us"; GOP needs alternatives.
    Bobby Jindal: We've got to stop being the stupid party.
    Jon Huntsman: No Labels--stop fighting, start fixing.
Social Security
    Mike Bloomberg: To reduce the deficit we must cut entitlements.
    Paul Ryan: Federal employees pension contributions like private sector.
    Rob Portman: Payroll taxes don't pay for the benefits going out.
    Paul Ryan: 60% of Americans get more benefits than they pay in taxes.
Tax Reform
    Jeb Bush: Compromise on taxes ok, as part of a spending cut package.
    Paul Ryan: Are we for more revenues? No, we're not.
    Chris Christie: Bridgegate: Staff made some significant mistakes in judgment.
    Chris Christie: Fired aides for Bridgegate: traffic jam as retribution.
    Rand Paul: Bridgegate is unsettling; government should not bully people.
    Rand Paul: 4th Amendment bans NSA from collecting everyone's phone data.
War & Peace
    Chris Christie: Governors shouldn't offer opinions about Syria.
    Peter King: Stop being so defensive about drones.
    Rand Paul: No involvement in Syria, even if gas attack proven.
    Rand Paul: No US interests in either side of Syrian war.
    Marco Rubio: Syria: arm rebels last year; now just work with some.
    Marco Rubio: New Iranian leader is more moderate but still supports nukes.
    Peter King: Assad is evil, but arming rebels brings another dictator.
    Rudy Giuliani: Al Qaeda isn't on the run; be more proactive.
    Marco Rubio: Goal for Korea: denuclearize the peninsula and to unify it.
    Jon Huntsman: North Korea manipulates world to get concessions.
    Jeb Bush: Over time, people will respect our resolve in Iraq.
Welfare & Poverty
    Chris Christie: Focus on income inequality drives America toward mediocrity.
    Marco Rubio: Feds help deal with poverty; states can help escape it.
    Rand Paul: Economic freedom zones in depressed inner cities.

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