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The only place we saw this claim made came in a CBS News story from June 5,which said that " At PolitiFact, our policy is that citing a news account does not protect a statement from being ruled False if it turns out that news account is inaccurate. When we contacted the RNC, we were told that the notion that unemployment "rivals the Great Depression" is valid since there are But we think this is a ridiculous comparison, since the population of the United States was million then, compared to nearly million today.
On the second point, the RNC said it had been referring to the CBS News story, but also pointed to a paper from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that said that "the recession resulted in levels of long-term unemployment far higher than any experienced since the Great Depression," specifically In an e-mail to PolitiFact, the RNC argued that "today, chronic unemployment of 27 weeks or longer is The fact that the recent recession was the worst since the Great Depression doesn't mean that it "rivals" the Great Depression in severity.
He added that, in his view, "the unemployment rate assertion seems a bit farfetched. I suppose Priebus also could be looking at the broader measures of unemployment, some of which have been north of 15 percent for quite some time.
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But we don't have any comparable figures for the s, so that's uncharted territory. She's working so hard. She's got a long way to gobut you can just see how beautiful she is.
And we, we are longing and looking forward to her coming back. All right, we'll leave it there. The debate of course on the issues Reincegreat to meet you. Thank you both for making your first appearance here. Coming up, Rick Santorum made it official this week by throwing his hat into the ring for He says he's ready to lead, but does he have what it takes to break through a still unsettled and crowded Republican field?
He's been putting a lot of time in on the ground in Iowa. This morning the Pennsylvania senator is here and in studio as we continue our Meet the Candidates series. One on one with Rick Santorumcoming up next. And later, will Congressman Weiner continue to be a distraction for Democrats. Our roundtable weighs in on the latest developments there and more, particularly about the economy and its impact on the race for when we come back. Coming up, the latest Republican to officially enter the presidential raceformer Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum.
He's here, he joins me. Is his candidacy the beginning of a political comeback? It's up next, right after this brief commercial break. We are back, continuing our Meet the Candidates series with Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum. Good to have you here. You announced just this week, in your home state of Pennsylvaniathat you're running, and this was a portion of what you said in your announcement.
Americans are not looking for someone that they can believe in. They're looking for a president who believes in them. As we know, elections are about choices. And I wonder exactly what you mean, talking about President Obama there. Do you believe that he does not believe in America? Does not believe in the American way? I think if you look at his policieshis policies are all oriented towards centralizing more power in WashingtonD.
He doesn't believe Americans can actually make decisions for themselves, that he has to tell you how much money you're going to, you're going to spend on health care ; you're going to -- what plans that you're going to be qualified for. And I 'm not talking about people who are poor, people who are seniors.
I'm talking about working Americans. He's going to tell working Americans who are out there providing for themselves, paying for their health insurancetheir employers are doing it. And they're better off with the freedom that they've got in the vagaries of the private insurance market? Do we need to make some changes in the health insurance markets? But you'd repeal the president's healthcare plan totally. Even covering pre-existing conditions, which most Republicans agree with? My feeling is that we need a bottom-up system, not a top-down system.
We need to believe in free peoplewe need to believe in markets. What's happening under, under President Obamayou're seeing, you're seeing it in his Obamacarewhat he's done with Medicare. He put in this independent payment advisory boardmember board, that's going to go into place on -- right before the implementation of Obamacare inthat's going to put, put price controls and controls on -- top-down controls on Medicare. We've never had that before. We've never had a independent board created by the government to put price controls on Medicare.
You hear the Democrats saying we're going to push grandma off a cliff because of what Paul Ryan suggested on Medicare. Grandma 's already headed down because Barack Obama 's put a, put a price control plan in place and it's top-down. What Ryan and I support is giving seniors the choice to participate in economic decisions I want to talk a little bit more about Medicare in just a minute, but I want to ask a little bit more about your announcement and your, and your place in the field.
The last time you were up for re- electionyou were handily defeated by 17 points in your run for the Senate. I wonder how you think you've changed professionally and personally since that defeat, now that you're standing for president. Well, a couple of things. First off, one of the things I learned from that race is that losing isn't the worst thing that can happen to you.
That standing up -- not standing up for what you believe in and fighting for those things is the worst thing, and I think if I go back and look at my race, did I make mistakes? But one of the things I think I was -- where I ended up on the short end of the stick is I was out there talking about Social Security reform in and I turned around and there wasn't anybody behind me.
Is that a problem now, by the way? I mean, look at what Paul Ryan 's trying to do on Medicare. Do you worry about that? I do worry, I do worry that You support his plan. You want to go further. You say that even if you're over 55, it should change now. Well, I do because we've had -- we have a plan in place right now called Medicare Prescription Drugswhich is identical to the Ryan plan, the seniors like and by the way came in 41 percent under budget.
Premiums have gone up under that program. But -- of coursepremiums are going to go up. Premiums go up on -- in the private sectortoo, if you don't control costs. We need a more comprehensive plan where seniors and individuals are involved in controlling costs. And you have government now controlling well over 50 percent of medical careand they're not doing a very good job controlling costs.
On Social Securitywould you raise the retirement age? I proposed that back in I think that's an option that has to be on the table. I think the one thing that we should do is to deal with the cost of living increase. The cost -- I asked a senior everywhere I go, IowaNew HampshireI say, "Should we -- what should the cost of living increase be tied to? The cost of living increase in Social Security is tied to wage inflation.
Why is this, why, why, what does that have to do with cost of living for seniors? And so what we need to do is change it from a wage inflation index to a price inflation index. If we do that, you solve anywhere from half to three-quarters of the short in Social Security over time.
So that's one thing we can do. We can do it now. We'll have minimal, minimal effect on anybody at or near retirement, but long-term it creates sustainability for young people who are sitting out there who don't believe Social Security is going to be there for them.
What space do you occupy in this race? Are you the true conservative? Are you the truth teller? Yeah, I'm someone who's been out there for 16 years, having the courage to lead on a variety of conservative issues when they weren't popular. I was leading on entitlement reform. I was the guy that wrote the contract with America Welfare reform bill when Welfare reform was seen as throwing, you know, throwing grandma out on the street. And I was out there leading that charge and was able to be successful in the United States Senate in getting 70 votes to end a federal entitlement.
Something that we have to do in this city right here is to do something about entitlements. You have someone in the race who's actually taking it on and been successful. I've lead on national security issues, particularly in the Middle East. I have two major pieces of legislation where I actually fought President Bush.
He eventually signed both, but he opposed both when I first proposed them, one on Iran and one on Syria. And I 've also been a leader on moral cultural issues. So you, you take any issue area, I've had the courage to go out on controversial issues and take leadership roles, and I've been successful.
Let me ask you about being a Christian conservative in the race. Do you think that Mitt RomneyJon Huntsmanwill have a problem in this race in the primary as Mormons? I hope that people look at the, at the qualities of candidates and look at what they believe in and look at what they're for, look at their records and make a decision.
Are they true conservatives in your eyes? I think they've held positions in the past that have not been conservative and I think they have to account for those.
And do you think that ultimately that impacts their ability to beat President Obama? Look, I think what people are concerned about and what they saw in Congresses in the past and presidents in the past who are Republicansis that they say one thing when they -- they're really conservative when they run in Republican primariesand then when they govern, they don't govern as conservatively as they've talked.
I think one of the things you can look at with me is I represented Pennsylvaniaa state with a million more Democrats than Republicans. Yes, I lost my last race, but my first three races I ran against -- I was faced up against Democratic incumbents in two House districts and a Senate race, and then in my fourth- -and I won all three -- in my fourth race, President Bush lost the state of Pennsylvania by four points, I won it by five. I was the only conservative running in who won a state that Bush lost.
So I think if you look at the record of when there were competitive years to run in, was probably the worst year for Republicans in Pennsylvania in recent history. If you look at those competitive years, I've been successful because I've been principled. People don't always agree with me, but they know where I stand and they know I'm going to stand up for my convictions. Let me ask you about the debt and taxes. You have said, you just said it recently, you've got to tell the American people the truth about what government can and cannot afford.
But back in in a, in a parallel situation to what we face now, you were on this program, and this is what you said about deficits. I think we're going to be in for deficits for the, for the, for the next few years to come. We're in a recession or just coming out of a recession, and secondly, we're going to be fighting a war, a major war on terrorismand potentially a war in Iraq. The last thing we need to do when we are concerned about the national security of this country is to be concerned about deficits.
We're coming out of a recession, we're fighting two wars, it's Deficits didn't matter then, but now they're everything to Republicans now.
Well, let's, let's look at -- I think scale matters, David. I mean, we were -- we -- prior towe were in a surplus. Not something that is, that is grinding our economy down. Also, as you know, you mentioned That was right after the attacks of and we were pretty much, you know, worried about the security of our country immediately as to whether we were going to be attacked again and, and trying to defeat the, the forces that had just attacked us.
So, of coursewhen you're responding to an attack like that, you worry about stopping the enemy so they don't hit you again. And that's, that's -- the context is important in that, in that statement.
So deficits mattered even to you then? Well, of course they did. I mean, I'm, I'm someone who's, again, you know, fought to end entitlements, fought to, to cut spending. For years I was someone who introduced more original spending bills to cut the deficit than anybody else. I believe that we need to, we need to get our fiscal house in order. I have been a strong fiscal conservative throughout, and I'll continue to be.
Why is it -- if everything worked the way you and other conservatives would like it to, you could cut taxes, you could do some of the things that you'd like to do for the economy. Why then even during boom times for the economy have you not seem much improvement, particularly for the middle class wage earners?
Yeah, I think one of the things that I -- that, that's been a missing ingredient -- and I come from Pennsylvaniaand I always say, you know -- I come from Pennsylvaniawe still make things there. And it's -- manufacturing economy is, is really important.
And I think what we've had is, we've not had a policy that's focused on trying to create those kinds of jobs. Because I grew up in a, in a steel town, Butler, Pennsylvaniaand, you know, I used to go in -- take the bus in to school and we'd go by the, go by the mills.
And if you could smell the smoke you thought, ah, people were working. That was a good thing. Well, we don't want to smell the smoke anymore, but we want those people working. And we don't have policieswhether they're policies from tax -- from a tax perspective to encourage manufacturing here, from a innovation, from research and development and patents and things like that, improvements that we need to make there.
We have to also do, do some things on the regulatory side. What, what this president has done to regulate and drive manufacturing out -- the NLRB and what they've done in South Carolina to basically say to any company that, that is in a state that's not a right to work stateif you want to expand anywhere in the U. Those are the kinds of policies that hurt our manufacturing base. I'm going to be putting forth a plan in the next few weeks that's going to focus on manufacturing.
Because that is where the great middle of America works and can -- has this huge multiplier effect that takes the money from those who innovate and brings it down to those who work in those factories. Well, quickly, on taxes.
You've got so many American corporations sitting on a ton of cash right now. Do they really need additional tax breaks? Well, the -- well, one tax break they need is they have about a trillion dollars sitting overseas right now that they don't bring back because they have to pay the, the top corporate rate on it.
We need to, we need to slash that, that rate down so that that trillion dollars come back. We did it in But the question is, again, you're sitting on so much capitalwhy do you need additional relief from the government?
Can you understand why a lot of people asking that? Well, what -- yeah. Well, what you have to do is you have to look at your return on investment. I mean, and, and the government is -- makes it very, very expensive because of the, the regulations and because of the taxation to have a reasonable rate of return.
You're going to risk capitalyou want to make sure that you have a, a, a reasonable chance to make a profit on it. And, and so they're sitting on it. You're right, they are sitting on it because they don't believe, under this climate, that they can be successful and profitable. I've just got a minute left. I want to pin you down on a couple of quick issues, if I can. This is something that you wrote in your book, "It Takes the Family " back I want to put it up on the screen, it caught my eye.
In a home schoolby contrast, children interact in a rich and complex way with adults and children of other ages all the time. How is that weird socialization?
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Where else is that -- where, where else in, in Americaoutside of school, do kids go to a place where they sit with people basically the same age, same socioeconomic group, and interact for, for a defined period of time? That's not what life is like. Life is very different than that.
You're dealing with a whole bunch of different people. And I think, you know, the one-room schoolhouse was the example of how you had interaction, you have sensitivity. I can see it in my, in my own family, I see it in other children who deal with children of different ages, respect for elders. This -- what I'm saying is that the -- that we need to transform public education to reflect more of what the dynamism is in the private sector.
And, and that includes a whole, a whole way of infusing parents into the system, a dynamism of having not people stuck in classrooms. They -- the sort of the old factory model of how we educate people So you'd fundamentally overhaul public education and how, how it's done, how they congregate in schools? Well, first off, first, first off, I would say that it's not the federal government 's job to overhaul public education. What I would do is talk about how we need to make some transformation, but it should be left to the states and localities to do that.
One more question on abortionan issue you care deeply about. I, I want to be clear on this. Do you believe that there should be any legal exceptions for rape or incest when it comes to abortion? I believe that life begins at conception, and that that life should be cut -- should be guaranteed under the Constitution.
That is a personin my opinion. So even in a case of rape or incest, that would be taking a life? That would be taking a life, and, and I believe that, that any doctor who performs an abortion -- that -- I would advocate that any doctor that performs an abortion should be criminally charged for doing so. I don't -- I've never supported criminalization of abortion for mothers, but I do for people who perform them.
I believe that life is sacred. It's one of those things in the Declaration of Independence. We are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, and the first is life. And I believe that that life should be protected at the moment it is a human life. And at conception it is biologically human, and it's alive. It's a human lifeit should be a person under the Constitution. All right, we are going to leave it there. Senator Santorumthank you very much for sharing your views. And coming up, reaction from our roundtable on what you just heard here from White House hopeful Rick Santorum.
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Plus, we will break down the rest of the Republican field. A lot of movement this week as Newt Gingrich 's campaign suffered a big blow.
Is it the end of the road for him? Also, reaction to top Democrats in the House calling on Congressman Weiner to resign. Our roundtable coming up: We're back with our roundtable: Welcome to all of you.
And Mayor ReedI was reminded on Twitter this morning it was your birthday, was it not? Oh it's been beautiful. Mike Murphylet me start with you.
Rick Santorumhe's in it to win it. I think you could say he positions himself as the one true conservative here with some experience. Is he for real? Well, you know, he was, as he pointed out, governor of a big blue hard-to-win state for the -- governor -- senator, of that state.
On the other handnot as famous. A lot of his story is wases, you know, did this, did that. He is a peer social conservativeand there's room for that in the Iowa caucusthough I wouldn't -- it's hard for me to see the path to the nomination for him. I think he may surprise a little bit in Iowa.
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Mayor Reedthe other big storyof courseAnthony Weiner. And you heard from Debbie Wasserman Schultz"Look, there's only so much we can do here to try to push him out of office.
He's, you know, he's hanging in. It's very bad for Democrats. I believe that the congressman should resign so we can move on. I mean, the fact of the matter is, is Democrats have been doing very well on the Medicare conversation. Paul Ryan has really given the Democrats a great deal of momentum.
They had a good win in, in New York. And now who's talking about that at all? So I think that we need to move on. I think he's been a great public servant, but we have -- the stakes are just too high. We need to be talking about jobs, jobs, jobs. That's not happening right now. We're having a conversation about the congressman. Kim Strasselit is unusual, a leave of absence.
I mean, if there's a way to sort of keep the conversation going it is to, it is to keep the conversation going. Well, and this is a remarkable thing that you're seeing across the board, this trend of politicians who do not resign when they have scandals.
And it's on both sides of the board. I mean, it was interesting one of the people who came out and has given the most sort of aid and comfort to Mr. Weiner was Charlie Rangelwho last year, of course And, and Nancy Pelosi had asked him to do that, and so this has been a problem for both parties.
But it is a distraction, and the longer it goes on the harder it is for Democrats. Richard Wolffeour banner here, "Congressman Weiner Scandal. But I mean, but the point is, here is somebody who's such a strong liberal voice in the caucus But is there any sense in the White Houseoutside the White House that he can be saved? Well, not beloved in the caucus. Strong voice, but no allies. And outside the caucus, though, progressives love him.
He was an effective advocate for their causes, not least on cable TV. The question is, can he be that kind of advocate moving forward?
What happens to his mayoral ambitions, obviously? All of that has gone. And, and the question is, is survival enough? Be -- he's not a chairman of a committeehe hasn't got any great legislative record that he can be proud of. How effective can you be when you have such a great level of embarrassment out there? But there's a big redistricting erasure. They've got to pick somebody to throw overboard. And I think they're going to have a nice meeting -- he'll be in therapy -- and have a meeting, and he'll volunteer where he wants to or not.
Mikelet me stick with you on the issue of Newt Gingrichwho had an exodus, his top staff, 16 members of his team resigning. He came out on Friday, he said, "Now we're going to start this thing anew in Los Angeles. Let me just say there is a fundamental strategic difference between the traditional consulting community and the kind of campaign I want to run.DNC Chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz Can't Name a Single Senate Race Obama Has Campaigned In