AEI was listening: Sunday show highlights, Aug. 12, 2012

In case you missed it, the most quotable moments from Sunday morning's news shows:

"I don't think Governor Romney can be blamed for that woman's death. What he can be blamed for is taking that steel company to bankruptcy, walking away with millions of dollars and leaving workers without pensions, without the health coverage they were promised. That's a real issue. He has run on his business experience, and his business experience is things like the GST Steel story, where he took – where they loaded the companies with debt, profited from it to the tune of millions of dollars, and then left the workers and creditors holding the bag. That is a relevant issue in this campaign."
— Obama senior adviser David Axelrod on ABC's "This Week" discussing the Priorities USA ad suggesting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was responsible for a woman's 2005 death from cancer

"That's not a Democratic ad. You can say Priorities USA super PAC ad which we have nothing to do with it. I have no idea of the political affiliation of folks who are associated with that super PAC. That is a super PAC that is not affiliated with our campaign or with the party. However ... What I think of the ad is that there's no question that the ad raises facts such as that Mitt Romney when he was CEO of Bain Capital bankrupted companies, laid off workers, cut their benefits and made millions of dollars in profits. That ad points out that there are consequences to making decisions like that that impacted people's live in a significant way."
— Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., Democratic National Committee chairwoman, on "Fox News Sunday"

"Medicare is going broke.  Every person in America watching this now knows that that's true.  This president stole.  He didn't cut Medicare.  He stole $700 billion from Medicare to fund Obamacare.  If any person in this entire debate has blood on their hands in regard to Medicare, it's Barack Obama.  He's the one that's destroying Medicare."
— Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chairman, on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"The only person who hasn't put a specific entitlement reform proposal on the table that's a national leader is the president, and you'd think as the president of the United States and leader of our country, he'd have the courage and the wisdom and the intelligence to say, I know this is a big problem. I'm willing to put specifics on the table. But all he does and is duck and bob and weave on it. That's not leadership. That's not the kind of thing the president should be providing, and we need somebody who's actually going to get the job done." 
— Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on ABC's "This Week" discussing Medicare reform

"We have more to do not just to deal with unemployment but to rebuild the middle class in this country. And the way to do it is not to give trillions of dollars of new tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, raise taxes on the middle class and cut things like college loans and research and technology, infrastructure, energy.  This is a prescription for economic catastrophe.  And what is surprising to me is that having been part of the first catastrophe that Congressman Ryan thinks that we should double down on that policy and do it all over again."
— David Axelrod on NBC's "Meet the Press"

"Well, I think conventional wisdom maybe in the past in Washington is you can't take those tough decisions on.  But here in Wisconsin, a good example, a year ago those same sort of polls would have showed you that I probably would have lost a recall election if they predicted at that point and yet we won by a bigger margin with more votes cast than ever before in that election, because in the end if you put your faith in voters, if you give them they truth, you believe in the taxpayers, and in this case you believe in the American people more than in the government, ultimately those people will stand up and affirm you. And I think that's exactly what's going to happen with the kind of courage, the kind of bold, direct courage that Governor Romney's exhibited both in this announcement of Paul Ryan and in the larger context of taking on a very specific plan to protect the middle class.  I think voters want leadership."
— Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on NBC's "Meet the Press" discussing Rep. Paul Ryan's selection as the Republican vice presidential candidate

"To be fair to the president, he inherited a bad economy, but after three-and-a-half years of his policies, things are much, much worse. His policies have made the economy worse. We have 42 now consecutive months of unemployment above 8 percent, 23 million Americans unemployed or underemployed, wages are down, health care costs are up, college tuition costs are up, fuel costs are up. The economy as a whole is really in very, very rough shape. And I think that is something that this president has to own. It is his economy."
— Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., on CNN's "State of the Union"

"This administration incredibly has based their strategy on the belief that somehow the Russians will have a beneficial affect on Bashar Assad. Iranians on the ground, there are recent reports of Hezbollah coming back out of Lebanon to help the Syrians slaughter their own people. This is — you know, this is — really one of the more disgraceful chapters in American history and the president is absolutely AWOL. It's incredible."
-- Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on "Fox News Sunday" discussing the situation in Syria

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