Don't ask Bill Clinton for any clues pointing to a (Hillary) Clinton 2016 bid. "I have no earthly idea what she'll decide to do," Clinton told Bob Schieffer on CBS's Face the Nation. Hillary has "worked hard for 20 years and she's tired," Bill said. She's done eight years as FLOTUS, eight years as a New York Senater, and now four as Secretary of State. Okay, she's allowed to be tired. "She's done a fabulous job, I'm very proud of her," he said. "But she wants to take some time off, kind of regroup, write a book," Clinton said. We can't pressure her into things, he advises. "We ought to give her a chance to organize her life and decide what she wants to do. I just don't know," he said. If she does decide to make a run for the White House, her husband wouldn't mind moving back in. "Whatever she does, I'm for her first, last and always," he said. "She has extraordinary ability ... she'll push a rock up the hill as long as it takes to get up the hill."
Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN's State of the Union there is "no information" showing the attack on the American Embassy that resulted in Christopher Stevens' death was related to the anti-Islam video. The video, he says, was merely a convenient red herring. "It was clearly designed to be an attack," Rogers said. He said it was "unclear" whether the Ambassador was a target. "There still is some indication they may have known the ambassador was there, or in the area at the time of the attack. But 9/11 is probably more important to that equation than even the ambassador," Rogers added. "I do think it was wildly successful beyond their dreams to be able to kill the American face in Libya, our United States ambassador."
Reince Priebus told ABC's This Week with George Stephanopolous that he thinks the Republicans have a real shot at taking the senate in November, despite the Todd Akin non-factor. "We're not going to play in Missouri with Todd Akin, I can tell you that. So it'll be yet to be seen whether he stays in or not," Priebus said. And despite Tommy Thompson's own reservations that Romney's hurting his chances to win in Wisconsin, Priebus is confident Thompson can deliver. He's like Coke, or Kleenex, or Band-Aids. "[Thompson] is a legend. It's like Harley-Davidson, Miller Lite, Tommy Thompson. He is a brand. He's going to win," Priebus said. "We've got great opportunities," he said. "We're going to win this race, because people know that we need a better future for this country, and so far the last four years have been a disaster. I don't think people are hoping for four more years of this mess."
Priebus, at another point of his appearance on This Week, tried to argue it was a "good" week for the Romney campaign. David Axelrod did not agree! "I don't think anybody else would define it as a good week," Axelrod said. "But it was an enlightening week. The week began with Governor Romney basically slandering 47 percent of America, saying that they were, you know, hooked on dependency, didn't pay their taxes, and so on. And at the end of the week, we saw him manipulating his own tax returns to try and plump up his portion of taxes to 14 percent."
In what's the funniest unsolicited advice someone's given Mitt Romney since Sarah Palin told him to "go rogue" yesterday, Gov. Scott Brown said the GOP nominee needs to have more "fire in the belly" for the stretch run of the campaign on Fox News Sunday. Romney has to "be more aggressive, just as they were days after Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan." Walker offered more advice for Romney, saying he's "gotta get off the heels and you gotta get out and charge forward." He has to show he' "gonna fight for the American people when he gets in the office," Walker said. "I want to see more passion," he added. He described his Wisconsin voters as one who "want to know more than what's wrong with this president, they want to know what's right, and what's going to move this country forward. And I think Mitt Romney's got that plan." He added he thinks Romney has a chance to win his state, and that it's closer than most people think. (Wisconsin has traditionally been a Democratic state in Presidential elections for the last 25 years.)
Obama adviser Robert Gibbs thinks Romney has an upper hand in the approaching debates because he had to suffer through a competitive primary process. By participating in primary debates, Romney got a "spring training" of sorts that the President won't have. "Mitt Romney I think has an advantage because he's been through 20 of these debates in the primaries over the last year," Gibbs said on Fox News Sunday. Romney, "even bragged that he was declared the winner in 16 of those debates," Gibbs said. "So I think in that sense having been through this much more recently than President Obama, I think he starts with an advantage." While spring training is great in baseball, we're not sure we're buying it here.
David Brooks made his disdain for the Romney campaign heard (again) on NBC's Meet the Press. "Mitt Romney does not have the passion for the stuff he’s talking about," Brooks said. "He’s a problem solver. I think he’s a non-ideological person running in an extremely ideological age, and he’s faking it. So if I were him, I’d go to what he’s been for the last several decades of his life: be a PowerPoint guy. Say ‘I’m making a sales pitch to the country here are the four things I’m going to reform. You don’t have to love me but I’m going to do these four things for you.’ And so I’d do a much more wonky and detailed thing than he’s done so far."
In another interesting not from Meet the Press, host David Gregory dropped that MTP has a 'long-standing invitation' extended to the President that he hasn't taken them up on yet. "We hope he will choose [to appear on the show] before the election," Gregory said.
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