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>> bret: is president obama deliberating picking a fight over his national security team? this is special report. >> bret: good evening, i'm bret baier. president obama is filling out his national security roster with a pair of controversial nominees whose confirmation is anything but secure. brit hume looks at the record of former republican senator chuck hagel the president's pick to run the pentagon. jennifer griffin on the first enlisted soldier to be so hoorpd katherine heritage tells us john brennan's road may be a little bumpy. let's begin with wendall goler. >> good evening. president obama is nominating the former republican senator to
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be secretary of defense and 25-year veteran of the c.i.a. to head the agency. >> these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protect the country. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible. >> but hagel's selection grew more criticism and the choice of john brennan threatened to raise questions about water boarding that he didn't want to answer when he was considered four years ago. had a ha ge8, obama said would be an outspoken advocate for severs men and women. and his business experience will help him prioritize pentagon spending cuts that everyone knows is coming. >> even though we make tough fiscal choices we have to do so wisely guided by a our stlaj and
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keep the military the strongest fighting force. >> reporter: but it drew immediate fire. it was a 14-year-old comment about a diplomat being aggressively gay which hagel has apologized and his opposition in iraq and troop surge and independents what he called the jewish lobby and called for talks with hezbollah. all which led lindsay graham and in your face nomination, that the number two republican senator frankly skeptical. >> i think the president has much better choices as secretary of defense than to choose somebody who fails when it comes to the number one security issue mainly a nuclear iran. >> he praised john brennan's tireless work as counter-terrorism director. >> reporters ask you, you don't get any down time. john said, i don't do down time. [ laughter ] >> brennan will face questions
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about drone strikes that may be more properly direct at the president. republicans may use the confirmation hearings to question about brennan about the attack in benghazi. his focus is on thrift threats in this country. in 2008 brennan withdrew his name from c.i.a. director rather answer questions about water boarding. he privately told mr. obama he opposed. >> john mccain still has questions about what role brennan played in enhanced interrogation and why he publicly seemed to support it and he intends to ask those questions. mccain a long time critic of water boarding. >> bret: thank you. the president's pick to run the c.i.a. spent 25 years there. katherine tells us john brennan may face a contentious battle.
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>> to his controversial statements that the c.i.a. interrogation program brennan himself acknowledged. >> i told the presidential today i'm the president's assistant on counterterrorism. i told him that i will do better and we will do better as a time teem. >> they accuse the obama administration of negligence the underwear bomber was read his miranda rights and lawyered up hours after. they say intelligence was lost for good. we need no lecture. writing quote, politically motivated criticism only serves the goals of al-qaeda, the notion that america's system of justice are unable to handle these murderous...
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>> he was describing water boarding as inconsistent with american values in a november 2007 interview, brennan also told cbs news, quote, there has been a lot of information that has come out from interrogation procedures but the agency has in fact used a real hard-core terrorists, it has saved lives. given his track record, a former senior intelligence official whether he could get himself for it. >> bret: chuck hagel a veteran of the vietnam war where he was wounded. he incurred political bruises when he opposed president bush's surge in iraq. a look at the hagel record and what it could mean for his confirmation process. >> first enlisted soldier, he
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broke ranks with fellow republicans when president bush announced his intention to send david petraeus and nearly 30,000 troops to iraq. >> this speech given last night but this president represents the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam. >> president obama agreed with senator hagel in 2007. >> this continues to be a disastrous foreign policy mistake. we are now confronted with the question, how do we clean up the mess and make the best out of a situation in which there are no good options. >> are we going to continue to invest in american blood and treasure at the same rate we are doing now? >> the troops largely allowed the u.s. military to turn the war around and end the war in iraq for good in december of 2011. today the president said that his views were shaped in
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vietnam. >> when his brother was injured by a mine, chuck risked his life to pull him to safety. to this day he bears the scars from battles he fought in our name. >> in 2008 he traveled to afghanistan, iraq, kuwait and jordan with then candidate obama and went toe to toe defending him against the presidential nominee john mccain. >> i think john is treading on very thin ground here. >> his views remain an open wound for this freshman congressman who served in iraq and afghanistan. >> he came out against the surge. he delayed emergency funding for the troops in 2007 even after the surge succeeded in 2008. he still said it wasn't because of the troops. >> former defense secretary robert gates urged him to confirm hagel swiftly zrig him as a man of patriotism.
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even though they disagreed over some issues sush such as the iraqi surge. >> bret: let's get some perspective. brit hume is here tonight with us. good evening. >> supporters of hagel are fond of state can his courage. his agreement with president obama on the issue when both of them were senators were said to have been the bond between them. there is another way to look at it. when the authorization to go to war there was before the senate, hagel voiced misgivings what he said was a lack of knowledge of the country and unaware of the risks. when the role was cold. he voted aye. when things got tough he became a critic. then hagel called it the biggest foreign policy blunder since
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vietnam. even if the troop surge had failed it would not have been that. this is a record to be proud of? after vietnam the country was gripped with a reluctance to use military force. it was known as vietnam syndrome. the first president bush thought he banished it with the success of the first gulf war. but with president obama re-elected, the u.s. out of iraq soon to be out of afghanistan and chuck hagel chosen for defense, that syndrome seems to be back again. >> bret: there are some in this town that the hagel nomination and all the controversy surrounding it is over hamas, the surge, it's going to get a lot of attention. perhaps it's going to take a lot of attention from the brennan nomination, do you buy that? >> i do. i think there will be a big fight over hagel. there will be confirmation hearings and suspends will he make it or will he not. i think in the end he will make
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it. it's unusual for the senate to engage in two major confirmations makess at the same time. >> bret: thank you. concern about president obama getting a third term? it's out there. and if you thought all the drama ended at the fiscal cliff, washington may just be getting started. campbell's has 24 nes that will make it drop over, and over again. ♪ from jammin' jerk chicken, to creamy gouda bisque. see what's new from campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do.
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>>. >> bret: wall street did not pick up today where it left off. dow dropped 51, s&p 500 was off 4 1/2. nasdaq lost 3. now that washing has backed away from the fiscal cliff. economic counted down clock is ticking down on the next potential crisis over the debt ceiling and sequester cuts. today an interview that raised eyebrows all over the city
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especially among republicans. correspondent shannon bream reports on the inside look on president's spending. >> with the last fiscal deal they are gearing up. as one of the key players talk about what happened the last time around. in an interview, house speaker says, quote at one point several weeks ago the president said to me, we don't have a spending problem. boehner says he was stunned and repeatedly push the issue with the president. he says mr. obama grew irritated and said i am tired hearing you say that. there is no give to the president's advantage and he won't hold any more closed door meetings with the president because he called it futile. the president vowed there will be no debate whether to raise the nation's already exceeded
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debt ceiling. a key thing that republicans will give them much better positioning as the u.s. hovered dangerously close to the fiscal cliff. the two sides don't agree whether tax revenue is settled. republicans say having given the president hundreds of billions of new tax dollars unmatched by corresponding spending cuts, they are in no mood to give them more money. >> it's over. completed. that is behind us. now, the question, what are we going to do about the biggest problem confronting our country and our future. that is our spending addiction. it's time to confront it. >> not so fast according to house minority leader nancy pelosi. the idea of generating more tax revenue is certainly still in play. high income earners who were just hit with a rated increase should be prepared.
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>> according to the treasury department we have exceeded the debt ceiling. treasury department can keep from defaulting for roughly two months and automatic sequester cuts would kick in if that matter isn't resolved by then. >> bret: shannon, thank you. >> the administration spent more on immigration enforcement in the last fiscal year than it did on all other law enforcement agencies combined. a washington think tank that he dropped $18 billion on customs enforcement, border protection and u.s. program. combined projects of several agencies by $3.6 billion. still ahead. is the obama administration drawing up strict gun controlat. first, the guns are still firing despite a new peace offering from syria's president.
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>>. >> bret: the call for reconciliation from assad is another day of intense fighting a few miles from assad's home base. leland vittert on reaction to assad's message. >> with blood and souls we defend you chanted supporters for his first televised speech in more than six months. we are now in a state of war in every sense of the word, he said speaking live on state tv, appearing in control. he called those fighting against
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him foreign terrorists. a revolution is normally a movement of the people continued into the revolution of those imported from outside to revolt against the people. despite heavy losses, still rebels fighting the arm dismissed the offer to negotiate. we fight this man bogged down on the rebel front line. the man who calls himself the president, he is the head of a terrorist gang. assad received a number of standing ovations from a crowd of hand picked supporters, especially as he offered to reform all the syrian institution except the presidency. the u.s. state department was equally unimpressed with his offer as they were of the crowd. >> you see them, renting a mob is not that difficult. >> despite that, they refuse to provide weapons for the rebels.
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troops landed in turkey along with missile says only to protect turkish airspace not to enforce no-fly zones. >> world reaction to his speech range from dismissal to out right disgust. he has had a uncanny ability to stay in power long after people wrote him off. with the rebels the number may be growing. >> bret: the head of one of the world's top private companies says he wants a firsthand look at the economy of one of the world's most closed societies, north korea. eric schmidt arrived there today with bill richardson. as the private trip. the obama administration has characterized it as not helpful. >> portuguese workers are paying for latest austerity moves by
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sacrificing four public holidays. it's part of the effort to abide by a new euro zone for a balanced budget. back here at home. country's top diplomat is back on the job at least for a while. james rosen tells us secretary of state hillary clinton is off the disabled list to fill the remaining time. >> the selling presented her from a gift from all of us. she said, as you know, washington is contact sport. inside it was a football helmet with the state department seal and also a football jersey that said clinton on the back and on the front it says number 112 which symbolizes the number of countries she has visited as secretary of state. she loved it. she thought it was cool.
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being hillary clinton she wanted to get back to business. >> reporter: that meant ordering state department officials to get cracking on implementing all the recommendations for enhanced security that was proposed by the accountability review board that investigated the attacks in benghazi and clinton remains committed to testify about benghazi before she leaves office. >> she is prepared to do it at open session. >> at no point again this morning did we see any indication that there was a decision from secretary clinton specifically to deny requests for additional funding or security in benghazi. >> aides also said despite suffering from a stomach virus and blood clot in had her skull, she has been talking nonstop to john kerry who has been tapped as her successor. >> they said clinton was never so incapacitated that a deputy
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was made acting secretary. the department's lawyers were never consulted on those protocols. >> bret: thank you. not everyone wants to be this president obama's last inauguration. we'll explain. you might not want to the kids to see where your tax dollars are going in new york. the vine is next. so you say men are superior drivers? yeah. then how'd i get this... [ voice of dennis ] driving bonus check? every six months without an accident, allstate sends a check. ok. [ voice of dennis ] silence. are you in good hands?
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>>. >> bret: now fresh picking from the political grapevine.
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jose serano introduced a bill friday to repeal the 22nd amendment which places term limits on the presidency. currently under law, presidents can only serve two terms. he has proposed similar resolutions a number of times regardless of which party was in power, twice in bill clinton's administration, four times during george w. bush and this is the second effort under president obama. none has ever made it to a floor vote. >> cash for clunkers is apparently a clunker for the environment. they say the program produced tons of unnecessary waste while doing little to curb greenhouse gas emissions. the emphasis was on car shredding and not recycling even though they say cars are almost completely recyclable. if they had recycled just metal and plastic it would have saved
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24 million barrels of oil. department of transportation deemed cash for clung ears success. >> welfare recipients are taking out cash at new york strip clubs liquor stores and x-rated shops and presumably spending it there. they looked at 200 million or ebt records. the food stamp programs bans purchase of booze and lottery tickets with ebt card but cash assistance and is intended to spent on housing and utilities and household necessities can be obtained at atms. a senior fellow says, quote. i don't blame riptsd, if you are poor, its crummy life and you wanted to have a drink or see a naked woman. i blame the people who are in charge of this. >> a massachusetts democratic governor is downplaying the news
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his state cannot locate 19,000 people who have either been receiving welfare benefits or have applied for them. he dismissed the concern saying it amounts to only 4% of the people the government attempted to contact. 2012 was the year that featured high profile gun violence in colorado and connecticut, so will 2013 be the year that president obama attempts to do something about it legislatively. >> white house aides says a group led by biden following the connecticut tragedy is taking a broad approach and gun laws is part of the issue. that translates the president wants more than reinstating a ban on assault weapons and high capacity ammunition. >> legislation that would close the many loopholes in our background system, issues of mental health and education are part of this problem and need to
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be addressed as part of the effort that biden has taken. >> some supporters of the second amendment it's about freedom and gun control is not the answer. >> bad guys aren't stupid. they are just bad. they are going to figure out a way, they will figure out a way to get a firearm. >> weapons can be used to are protection. in georgia on friday, a mother at home with her twins, fired her revolver when an ex-convict broke in. he is worried about overreaching. >> i think you need to put everything on the table but what i hear from the administration that is way in extreme of what i think is necessary or what should be talked about. >> an associated press analysis showing there was a huge increase for gun sales and permits a at the end of 2012. in colorado following the aurora movie shooting and after sandy
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hook school shooting there was less interest in buying guns. other democrats say the time to act is now. >> the public will not allow the new normal for mass shootings every month. >> but top republican says there are higher priorities. >> biggest problem right now is spending and debt. that is going to dominate between now and the end of march. none of these issues will have the kind of priority that spending and debt are going to have over the next two to three months. >> aides plan to move forward with his agenda in a timely fashion but leading republicans in the house in addition to spending and debt, jobs are another top priority suggesting the g.o.p. is slamming on the brakes on the gun issue. >> bret: the president and his team gear up for a fight over the newest recruits to the scene. we'll talk about with the fox all-stars when we come back. %. mmmm tasty.
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>>. i'm proud to announce for two keep members of my national security team. chuck hagel for secretary of defense and john brennan for director of the central intelligence agency. >> i'm grateful for an opportunity to strengthen our country and strengthen our country's alliances and advance global freedom and decency as we help build a better world for all mankind. >> if confirmed it will make it my mission that the c.i.a. has the tools it needs to keep our nation safe and that its work always reflects the liberties and values we hold so dear. >> bret: president announcing his nominations for defense secretary and c.i.a. director today and the white house gearing up for a fight because critics already out and about.
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>> certainly we'll give him an opportunity to explain himself with a fair and full hearing but there has been bipartisan concerns expressed. i'm one of them about his position on iran, getting a nuclear weapon, on direct face to face negotiations with state sponsored terrorist organizations like hamas. his big questions about his commitment to supporting our principal ally namely the state of israel. >> talking about chuck hagel. his comments about israel and about iran and hamas, one of hagel's supporters we quoted on friday, steve clemens was on our show today, quote, there seems to be an effort by israel and supporters over and over to continue to run resolutions to say, how much do you love me america? do you love me today, do you love me tomorrow and do you love me again. i am supportive of israel but
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i'm not going to zero game between israel and neighbors, but also have vital national security relationships with the united states let's bring in our panel. steve hayes, juan williams and charles krauthammer. steve? >> i think the quote you read is offensive. its clownish view of what people have been arguing both with respect to protecting national security but the threat that iranian poses to the united states of america. i think one of the areas in which hagel has shown himself to be president obama's left, and he has in a variety of different places, is the question of iran. hagel ruled out a military strike would be unreasonable, it would be foolish to do that. something that the obama administration despite fact i think they have taken a rather accommodating and patient approach has never done. the second one he proposed establishing an interest section
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in tehran at a time we knew, we had increasing evidence of the efforts that the iranians were make to kill u.s. soldiers on the ground in afghanistan and iraq. they were making progress on nuclear weapons. chuck hagel is proposing establishing that in tehran. i think its bad step. if you believe as i do the obama administration has meant a degradation of u.s. power and influence in the world this is going to continue that trend. >> no, i think the policy does not originate at the pentagon. the policy originates at the white house. as i recollected, bob gates opposed action in libya but when the president made the decision, he carried out the policy. so when you come down to chuck hagel, i think it comes down to exactly what steve said in one regard. when it comes to iran and his reluctant to suggest he would
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take military action, it has to be the case with this nomination he has said to the president, you make the call mr. president. i think most people would view his position on iran as questionable. to put it politely. the u.s. has naval deployment there is n the straits of hormuz we have to build that threat up to make it credible to the iranians to in order for the sanctions to have their maximum impact that is to change iranian behavior. >> bret: that he was opposed to. >> right as he opposed to. there is legitimate difference. policy originates with the white house. then you come down to, i don't think clemens comments were off by much. if you are opposed to any policy coming from israel, somehow you are to be questioned. i don't think that is fair and i don't think most people in the
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u.s. senate thinks it's fair. >> bret: the other criticism has been hagel on iraq and how vocal he was back in 2006, 2007. here is a speech he gave after the opposing president's troop surge announcement from president bush. >> i think this speech given last night by this president represents the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam if it is carried out. i will resist it. >> bret: then he went on 2007 to say this about the iraq war, quote, people say we're not fighting for oil, of course, we are. he said that to catholic university in september. they talk about national interests, what the hell do you think we're talking about? we're not there for figs. >> obama made the case for hagel. he twice stretched the fact he is patriot and fought for his
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country and wounded. the implication that obama hinted at this, therefore somebody who is in the field somebody who knows about the pain 6 war will exercise superior wisdom when it comes to making decisions about war and peace. well, that proposition can be tested by the history of chuck hagel. what was the most important decisions he had to make as a senator? on the iraq war. he reported to have been opponent of the war. after the war went bad and public opinion had turned against it. on the crucial decision of launching the war at a time when the future is indeterminant and time information is necessarily incomplete, he voted to go to war. then when he had the second most important decision on the surge which saved the war and created the conditions where iraq, where we could leave iraq with a
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democratically elected politically neutral state, he has showed was against it. he led the fight against it. he said that it was morally, strategically wrong. so big decisions he had to exercise as senator, he had it wrong by his own rights on every single count. >> bret: as we have done here. we have taken a lot of time on the hagel nomination. brennan nomination is up, too. steve, perhaps the hagel nomination overtakes that and brennan doesn't face as much scrutiny if it was solo, but what about perhaps the bumpy road he may face? lindsay graham says he wants to put a hold on the nomination until he gets answers on benghazi.
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>> republicans are going to be loath to fight two tough nominations on hagel and bran then at the same time. brennan served under george w. bush. republicans are not going want this fight at the same time. the questions about brennan go back to the christmas day bombing when he was the administration spokesman, when the administration decided to treat him as a criminal whether than an intelligence matter. the explanations were wrong from the administration. he was the point man on that. you have other things. >> bret: he came out and said i let the president down. >> he did. you have other instances where brennan was at the center of intelligence matters where the president didn't come out looking good. of course he was there in the white house giving the president advice on lad lad raid. he deserves credit for that. i think it's unlikely that republicans will focus on
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brennan so much they will focus on hagel. >> because 25 years. >> president wanted him in this position initially. this is the interesting point. opposition came from the democrats who were concerned that he was involved in the so-called interrogation, possibly torture techniques to get information. this time around it's the use of drones which has been proved at the white house. now it goes over to c.i.a. think you are going to see lots of questions raised from the left about brennan as well as we see republicans raising questions about hagel. fellow republican senator but he supported a democrat in the last senate race. >> bret: do both of them get by. >> brennan will get a bye and hagel will be tough.
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>> i think they both get approved but what happened to women and some others from left. presidents get their people confirmed. >> hagel is definitely an open question and depend on what the white house offers chuck schumer. >> bret: next up, john boehner says president obama told him that washington doesn't have a spending program and he was getting tired of boehner saying it did. i have a cold, and i took nyquil, but i'm still stubbed up. [ male announcer ] truth is, nyquil doesn't unstuff your nose. what? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus liquid gels speeds relief to your worst cold symptoms plus has a decongestant for your stuffy nose. thanks. that's the cold truth!
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>>. the tax issue is finished, over, completed. that is behind us, now the question is, what are we going to do about the biggest problem confronting our country and
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future. that is our spending addiction. >> are you then saying to the upper classes, get ready, you are going to have to pay some more? this is not the end of it? >> i'm saying it's not off the table. >> it's not off the table? >> not in terms of tax rates. >> what would be some of the things on the upper income people, what kind of deductions? >> i'm not going into it. put it all on the table and see what is working. >> bret: what may happen in front of debt ceiling, next stop in the fiscal back and forth between democrats and republicans here in this town. in an interview with wall street jourj, john boehner said interesting things. quote, at one point several weeks ago the speaker said, the president said to me we don't have a spending problem. but mr. president we have a very serious spending problem.
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the speaker repeated this so often, end of negotiations the president became irritated, said quote, i'm getting tired of hearing you saying that. what i should have done, was to come out and say the house has done its work. house passed a bill and replaced the sequester and house passed a plan extending current tax rates. we passed the budget. we called upon the senate to do their work. we're back with our panel. next fight here. >> we heard pelosi with apologies to john paul jones which she and the president said last week we have not begun to tax and to spend. they have been open about this. as she said, she said we got you on rates, that is round one. round two we're going to squeeze the money out of you eliminating deductions and loopholes. look, it seems to me the republican leadership is finally beginning to understand what some of us have been arguing for
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four years. barack obama has zero interest in cutting spending. churchill once said, i did not become the king's first minister to preside over the liquidation of the british empire. obama is saying, i did not become president of united states to preside over the liquidation over the welfaretat. we saw it in his actions. biggest expansion entitlements and biggest spending bill in american history with the stimulus. now what we saw with the fiscal cliff negotiations and now we have -- it just isn't these -- but words to the speaker, we're not interested in spending cuts. spending is not the problem. >> bret: ed henry is reporting that treasury-secretary nominee he has history of the clinton white house, a guy that has talked about entitlement reform and seriousness of all of this.
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how does that fit in the future of what we are hearing here that this white house is not really ready to do any serious cutting currently? >> i don't think it's not true they are not ready to do serious cutting. they were talking about repositioning the cpi so that you would have a decrease in the rate of increase of spending on entitlement programs. in addition to which they were fully willing to look at things like eligibility and people are most concerned about medicare and that would be terrific consequence for taking those steps. it's not they aren't interested in cutting spending. even if you look back at what mitt romney was proposing during the republican campaign season, he was talking about eliminating loopholes, eliminating some of these deductions as way to put more money into the treasury
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because if you look at it as just historical fact the taxing rate right now as a measure of g.d.p. is historic low. it is not high. again, it's very political matter. president will have to cut spending because if he has a meaningful second term, his legacy is going to be tied to things like simpson-boles and something that stabilizes our future. >> i hope the president is watching juan with sage advice. i think charms is exactly right. it's hard to have good faith negotiations with someone who doesn't want to cut spending. president has given no indication he is serious about cutting spending throughout the first term and now in the early stages or weeks before he begins his second term. it's impossible to have that. i think it's a hunge moment because now that republicans understand that, they won't be tempted to engage in good faith
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