Geithner on Women, Cosby on Trayvon, and Chris Wallace on His Dad

Relive the highlights from a Sunday morning's worth of political talk shows.

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On NBC's Meet the Press, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warned Congress against a repeat of last year's debt ceiling debate, saying, "It would be good for the country, if this time, they did it with less drama and less politics and less damage to the country than they did last summer,” he said, referring to the GOP's reluctance to raise the debt ceiling last August until an 11th-hour agreement with the Obama administration. He said the debate led directly to "a precipitous drop in consumer confidence and business confidence." Those drops in confidence were like what you saw in a typical recession. It was very damaging, completely unnecessary, and very avoidable.” Geithner also addressed increased gas prices, which he blamed on "global economic growth" and “concerns about Iran." A reduction in gas prices therefore hinged, he said, on “whether our broad efforts to bring Iran to the table and deter Iran from pursuing its nuclear missions are successful.”

Michele Bachmann also appeared on Meet the Press, using her appearance as an opportunity to further critique Hilary Rosen for her  infamous "never worked a day in her life" comment made about Ann Romney: "I thought it was shocking and insulting," Bachmann said.  "I think women are going to be very upset." Still, Bachmann has yet to throw her full support behind Romney, offering, "I'm very seriously looking" at the possibility. "I want to unite the party," she added.

Later, on CBS's Face the Nation, Geithner responded to Mitt Romney's statement that women made up almost the entirety of workers who lost their jobs during the Obama presidency, calling it "misleading and ridiculous ... It's just a political moment. ... You have to look at the whole duration of the recession. The recession started in 2008. ... It was already a year in the making before President Obama came into office," Geithner said, noting that "men lost the most jobs at the beginning of the recession, due to construction and manufacturing job loss."

On CNN's State of the Union, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said that nothing is yet official when it comes to the GOP race: "We haven't officially declared a presumptive nominee out of respect for Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich," Priebus said, adding however that we are "clearly on a pathway to be a presumptive nominee." Host Candy Crowley also interviewed Bill Cosby on topics like the Obama presidency and the Trayvon Martin shooting. About the latter, the comedian said, "You've got to protect yourself in your own home. But I also believe that when you tell me that you're going to protect the neighborhood that I live in, I don't want you to have a gun. I want you to see something, report it, and get out of the way."

On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace paid tribute to his father, Mike Wallace, who died last week at age 92. Starting the show by thanking all the viewers who sent him condolence messages, Wallace said, "Some of you had met my dad for a moment, some had watched him on television for years. But he meant something to you and your notes meant so much to me." Wallace ran a clip from their 2005 interview (the one that ended with the elder Wallace saying, "I love you. And I'm proud of you."), then said:

“After we ran that interview, I said there’s no crying on a Sunday morning talk show. Well, there’ve been lots of tears this week along with lots of laughs and some wonderful stories. Our family has really held on to each other tightly. Over the last two decades my father became my best friend he was so interesting and so much fun to be around, and yes, sometimes so exasperating.”

“I didn’t get into reporting at least consciously because of him. But we used to get such joy from sharing experiences with each other. So many times this week I wanted to ask him what he thinks about all the coverage of his life. And then I stopped to remember he’s not here. That is going to take some getting used to. I can’t imagine life without him.”

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