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a small two seater. i received a facebook e-mail from barbara hudatz whose father flew world war planes and to mr adams, 88, i say thank you to your service and to barbara adams, thank you very much for sending that in. and also, happy birthday to him as well. we have the e-mail. we don't have time to show it to you. thank you for your comments. we appreciate you being with us. back here at 10:00 p.m. eastern. state of the union with candy crowley begins right now. first, before we go to candy because of the breaking news, we want to give you headlines. the weather. the surprise gift of afghanistan reaffirming the partnership between the two-countries. he also met with military officials at bagram air base and spoke to a crowd of 2,000 u.s. and allied troops. the president expressed
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gratitude to the troops serving in afghanistan. >> you didn't get a lot of notice that i was coming. but, i want you to understand that there's no visit that i considered more important than this visit i'm making right new. because i have no greater honor than serving as your commander in chief. and it is a privilege to look out and see the extraordinary efforts of america's sons and daughters here in afghanistan. so my main job here today is to say thank you on behalf of the entire american people. >> president's trip only took a few hours. he's on his way back home now. we're following breaking news when it comes to the weather, tornado watches and warnings in the carolinas. jacqui jeras will tell you more about that. "state of the union" with candy crowley begins right now.
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it's over. congress has gone home to start explaining and campaigning for november. the nastiness, the threats, the vandalism you watched this past week seems to have subsided. and the victorious administration says it's important not to gloat -- this photo release bid the white house demonstrates, it's hard not to. the republicans say the administration may be celebrating, but most americans are not. these critics keep using the word arrogance to describe president obama's handling of health care reform. with a different president, it was the democrats who chafed at what they called arrogance in victory. >> it's like earning capital. you asked if i feel free. let me put it this way, i earned capital in the campaign, political capital and now i intend to spend it. >> we're going to run on a platform of repeal in november. you've been hearing that. my attitude is, go for it. >> it took john mccain and sarah
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palin one day to take up that challenge. >> i am confident that i am here reflecting the view of the majority of american people by saying, right, mr. president, we're going to go for it. >> does this sound like a new tone to you? i'm candy crowley. this is "state of the union." another. >> this morning -- a question of civility with the president's chief advisor, david axelrod, senior senators, lamar alexander and barbara mikulski. before we can discuss the issue of civility, we have to address the question of whether what was reported actually happened. sarah palin doesn't think. so. >> hearing the news reports lately, kind of this ginned up controversy about us, common sense conservatives insighting violence because we happen to oppose some of the things in the obama administration. >> fox's sean hannity had more
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than doubts. >> this is denied by a lot of people. i have not seen the videotape that confirms this yet. if anyone has it, send it to me, i want to see it of racial slurs, anti-gay slurs, being made at the tea party movement. do we have any evidence that corroborates this at all. >> two fox reporters responded they had seen no evidence. we begin by trying to set the record straight. there is video. emmanuel cleaver as he approach the man on the left. he confirms this man spit on him. he confirms this is the man whom capitol police detained. he chose not to press charges. from where they were positioned, cnn microphones did not pick up racial epithets. fact got was yelled at barney frapg more than once. the producer cannot be sure if it feels coming from one person or more. these things happen.
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the question is, what to make of them? is this a sign of political discourse gone wrong? or does eric cantor, the number two republican in the house have it right? >> it's reckless to use these incidents as media vehicles for political gain. to use such threats as political weapons is reprehensible. >> for the white house view, we begin with my exclusive interview with president obama's senior advisor, david axelrod. we spoke yesterday afternoon. >> thank you for joining us. i want to go to congressman cantor's point that came out in fundraising letters last week. the first one from tim kahne who wrote democratic offices had been vandalized. he stopped by saying please chip in $5 or more. and organization for america and outgrowth of the obama campaign, members have had death threats, democratic offices have been vandalized. and ends please donate $25 or
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more. interpret those fundraisers to me, please, as anything other than milking the situation as the republicans have charged. >> look, that great scene from casablanca where the police captain says i'm shocked to find there's gambling going on here when there's gambling in miami. i think the republican party has been -- has been very active in exploiting sentiment around this for organizing purposes. >> a great deal of outrage about some of the things that were said. and there were a lot of people who support the democratic party who believe in what the president and the congress has done and taken aback by words like armageddon and calls to action of the sort that we saw on the republican side. none of these things, however, should overshadow the magnitude of the things that have happened
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this week. in an environment in which people are so cynical about getting things done, we accomplished a landmark health insurance reform. we reformed the student loan systems and gave unwarranted subsidies away from banks and gave them to kids with midd middle-class familiefamilies. we announced an arms control agreement at the first major one -- the russians for many, many years. this was a week of progress. so we shouldn't get detoured in to the intra murals here. >> and i agree with you. it was a great week. you all have a lot to out the here. but the big action this week post the passage of this bill was some really nalsty and sometimes dangerous politics. it feels used as a fundraiser for democrats who blamed the republicans and their rhetoric for inciting some of this. and the point of this is, is there a way to tone this down? we're not democrats also kind of
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milking the situation. for political purposes, this is a political town. >> i don't think anyone who listened to the debate on sunday in the united states congress would say that democrats were using rhetoric comparable to republicans. we weren't talking about armagedd armageddon. we weren't talking about. the thing is that one thing leads to the next. if you use incendiary terms and people respond with acts, then, you know, there -- you have to look at cause and effect. i quite agree with you. i think we should tone it down. i think one of the most -- one of the most moving things i saw, candy, this week was the end of the senate debate on reconciliation when senator greg was in a leadership position for the republicans and had outreach to the democrats, senator conrad and senator bird and senator reed back to the republicans. and then there was a moment of silence for ted kennedy.
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i thought it was a reminder of all of us that before we're democrats or republicans, we're americans and we can compete vigorously. at the end of the day, we all love this country, we're all trustees of this country and we all work together. >> in your view, were these democratic fundraising letters okay? off of the nastiness and the threats and all that. were they okay? >> they were within the parameters of acceptable fundraising. i would rather there were not events around which to send out missives like that. at the end of the week, governor kaine, the chairman of the democratic party reached out to the chairman of the republican party saying let's issue a joint statement urging a change in tone. and unfortunately, mr. steele, the republican chairman felt he couldn't join in that. >> does the president have a role in that? can the president bring that down? i asked because he went and said to the democrats, some things
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are more important than politics, it's the right thing to do. he argued that's why people should vote for this bill. and the next day he went out and said can the republicans bring it on? let's have a fight about that. is this appropriate? >> he believes in the advance this represents brings security to people who have insurance and it will bring insurance to people who don't at a price they can afford. it's good for this country. and millions of small businesses this year will get tax credits for health insurance for their employees. kids with pre-existing conditions will get coverage for the first time. they won't be excluded anymore. what he was saying was, if people want to repeal those things, go and make the case to the american people. after all, that's what elections were for. >> and let me ask you as sort of the whole tone thing, the president about changing the tone in washington. the republicans wrote him and said please don't do a reassess appointment with craig becker.
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they think he's a union plant if you will. they think he will check card. they think it's bad for the board. and the first thing the president did was do a recess apointment, was that necessary. >> we're in a position where the republican party is taken in a position where they're going to try and slow and block progress on all fronts just to make the comparison that at this point in the bush administration, there were five appointees who were on the floor for the senate. that made president made 15 recess appointments. we have 77 appointees who have not gotten a vote because they've been held up by the republican party. some of them are in different positions in treasury and homeland security and on points like the labor relations board where there's a huge number of
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vacancies. >> even when president bush did it, it was seen by people as in your face. >> the senate has a responsibility to dispose of these no, ma'am neighs -- the average wait for the people who were appointed in these recess appointments, they've been waiting seven months for a vote in the senate. never anything like this, candy. and what we have to do if we want civility, if we want to have bipartisan cooperation, let's not try to throw a wrench in to the -- in to the functioning -- the smooth functioning of government. senate mcconnell was quoted a couple of weeks ago in an interview as having told the caucus from the beginning, we're going to try to stop everything. we're going to oppose everything. in a number of instances, there were filibusters to hold up appointments for weeks and when they were broken, a majority of democrats and republicans ended up voting for the nominees. it feels just an exercise in obstructionism.
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that's not good for the country. it's certainly not fair play. so i think it was -- i think it was necessary unfortunately for the presidents to do what he did. other presidents have to do it as well. >> much more of my interview with david axelrod later in the hour. but up next, incivility and politics with two veteran senators. how do we know how how mmany roads we need?e, the census helps us know exactly what we need, so everyone can get their fair share of funding. we can't move forward until you mail it back.
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health care legislation, the democrats said health care reform would affect people when they saw the final measure. we have poll numbers showing the response after the final showdown on the house floor. cbs polling that indicated approval of 37% before the vote now shows an uptick in approval to 42% with 46% saying they disapprove. a quinnipiac university poll shows similar results with 36% approval before the vote rising to 40% afterwards. disapproval still high but with a similar drop. whether that trend continues may have a lot of impact on whether that happens in november. the third poll released today shows virtually no change. when we come back in civility and politics, with two senior members of congress. the screenings that happen here
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mikulski of maryland and lamar alexander. senators, thank you both. i want to start with you, senator alexander. and go to the bite -- the sound bite, if you will, that david axelrod was talking about that he said led to some of the excesses we saw recently. this from john boehner. >> we're about 24 hours from armageddon, 24 hours from members casting a vote on one of the biggest bills he'll ever vote for in their careers. >> now, the word armageddon and his use of it, congressman boehner also talked about how a democrat from his state was a dead man for this vote, talking politically. is this over the top rhetoric that incites the kind of brick throwing butane gas line cutting
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sort of thing that we saw this week? is that over the top? >> well, of course -- i mean, in the south, where i am today, that's a very mild, political speech. i mean certainly milder than the president going out to what i would say let's go for it if you want to repeal the bill. this is a passionate debate about the future of health care. and the united states senate where senator mikulski and i served there's a civil way. no doubt he has been -- the anger today is visible. you can go to any website and see ugliness that used to be beneath the surface on top now that ought to be condemned. there's real anger out there about the direction of the country. you need to suspect that and conduct ourselves in the civil way. and the united states senators are capable of doing and did do this week. >> i want to get your take on this too. i want to play a little bit of the president's response to congressman boehner before i get
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to you. >> they call the passage of this bill armageddon. armageddon. and the freedom as we know it. so, as i signed the bill, i liked around to see if there were any asteroids falling or -- >> so, senator mikulski, where is this line that we're looking for? you know? what incites illegal things like, you know, the destruction of personal property. the threat. what incites that? did you object to what congressman boehner said? >> first of all, what i objected to was words like pay by killer, words like you lie. candy, i'm concerned about how we're perceived both in our own country and how congress is perceived around the world. if we don't take ourselves
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seriously and act in a serious way, we're not going to be taken seriously by the american people. i have a suggestion. let's go back to the three rs. respect, rules of engagement that promote decor rum. and number three, stop the reward system that enables you to raise a lot of money after using outrageous and bizarre behavior. >> since you brought that up, what did you think of the democrats who did go out and fund raise off of this and they sent out letters saying there are threats from the, you know, the right and conservatives and send us money. did they sort of bring this a sort of throw more fire on to this? >> they did. let's go back to the institutions. both the senate and in the house. i think it was most magnified in the house. but the senate has been doing this and there's been a general deterioration of norms of behavior, outrageous behavior
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when the floor with signs and charts, language that's used in a very outrageous way. i think that's got to stop. when you have words being shout out against the president, shout-outs against someone who voted as a matter of principle, bart stupak holding banners from the balconies of the capital, egging on the crowd, egging on the mob, we're over the edge. let's come back, return to the rules of engagement. let's streamline the rules. the filibuster as we know it is out of date and let's stop rewarding outrageous and bizarre behavior. >> i want to get senator alexander's comments about the filibuster. i imagine he would disagree. but i want to pin you down a little bit, senator mikulski. so you would agree that it's over the top for democratic institutions and democratic campaign organizations tied to the president to be fundraising
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off of these attacks. that's just stirring the pot. >> i think it's a tstridency -- the right and to the left, we need to hold the decibel level. we're seeing this win-at-any-cost culture. you have parents yelling at coaches. we can go through a series of other things where this winning at any cost rather than how we operate with each other. i think it's having a serious effect and it's having a serious effect on our children and has serious effect when people around the world look at us. we really look like we're cheapening and denigrating ourselves. >> senator alexander, when you look at the fundraising letters, when you look at some of the things that have gone on, have republicans -- we see senator mikulski say, yeah, over the top fundraising by democrats, what is the republican culpability in
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this? what about the baby killer? what about the hanging banners over the edge and sort of playing to the tea party crowd, over the top? >> well, sure, we shouldn't have over-the-top actions. it's just as wrong for senator reid to call president bush a liar as it is for a republican congressman to call president obama a liar. it was wrong for move-on.org to run a full-page add about general "betray us." we have a civil debate. rudyard kipling's advice, keep your head when all around is hughesing theirs and blaming it on you. those in political leadership who are supposed to be setting an example. >> we need to take a quick break. we want to turn to a big student loan change that was overshadowed this week by the debate over health reform. imagine if it were this easy to spot the good guys.
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before we continue with senators mikulski and alexander, a look at a change that got little notice during the week. tucked into the health bill is a sweeping overhaul of the student loan program. borrowers could get college loans from banks or from the federal government in return to administering loans for students, the private banks received hefty government subsidies, around $8 billion a year. on thursday, congress eliminated loans from private banks, saving $61 billion in subsidies. that makes the federal government the only lender to students. it was already handling 88% of the loans. part of the $61 billion will go to reducing the federal deficit. $36 billion will be used to plug a short fall in pell grant programs and bolster the lower income students. this year the maximum award was
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$5,350. without the new law, the grant would have dropped to $2,50. with the new law, it will grow to $5,975 by 2017. we'll talk about all this with the senators in a moment.
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we are back with democratic senator barbara mikulski and lamar alexander. i want to get to the student loan issue. and before i want to wrap up the whole issue of the tone in washington, senator mikulski, the president has gone ahead and made 15 recess appointments, that is appoint people who need senate confirmation while the senate is out. perfectly legal. presidents do this. we all know that there's a way for the president to push through controversial people who might not otherwise make it or have been held up usually by the minority in the u.s. senate. how does that help the tone in washington that helped the president that had a resource appointment to the labor relations board in direct defiance, if you will, in a letter or a plea from 41 republican senators say please don't do this. how does that help the tone?
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>> first of all, every president has used recess appointments. >> you didn't like it when president bush did it? john bolton, for instance. >> every president has used recess appointments, whether it's bush, clinton, now whether it's obama. that's usually used when there's been something called a hold placed on a nomination for a very, very, very long time. of those 77 apoint poipointment might be controversial, but the other 77 were not. this is to run the homeland security department and others. this is why we've got to reform the institution. i think a senator ought to be able to place a hold on a nomination, but not do it for an indefinite period of time, nor without a name on it. we've got to streamline the procedures of the senate that were holdovers, no pun intended,
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and modify the role, changing the system, and the senator gets to exercise their right and doesn't get to hold up the functioning of the government. but if they did that and we all worked together, kind of a bipartisan group, we can -- we could move the institution ahead and return to these decor rum and rules of engagement that i'm talking about. >> senator alexander. it doesn't help the republicans make them feel warm to see the recess appointments. don't you just ask for it when you hold off on these confirmation votes ad nauseam and forever. >> well, that wasn't the democrats appointment where they held my nomination up for secretary of education 20 years ago. the answer is no to the information. checks and balances.
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the president has thrown fuel on the fire in the civil -- when the debate about politics is an angry debate to begin with. 41 senators said no. some democrats said no, i'm going to put this guy in to the national labor relations board who's indicated in his writings that he believes by federal regulations they're going to balance the union elections which is one of the major issues in the country. what this is going to do is cause more scott browns in november who are determined to come in and provide checks and balances in washington to stop the overreaching of the government. we have a senate to provide advice and consent. we have a constitutional responsibility to keep the president from ramming things through like they did the health care bill, like they did student loans over the weekend, and like he's doing with the labor appointee. >> let me ask you senator alexander about the student loan program about what got changed inside the health care reform
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bill. your objection to this is you feel that the federal government will be getting cheap money but charging students higher interest rates and therefore making money to pay for health care reform. >> that' exactly right. there are going to be 19 million students. and today there are 19 million student loans, 15 million of them are private, 4 million are government. after july 1, you're going to go to the federal call center, one of four -- or to the internet, to get your student loan. and you're not going to be very happy because the federal government is going to be borrowing money at 2.8%, loaning it to you at 6.8%, overcharging you $1700 on the average for a $25,000 over ten years and using the money to help pay for the health care bill and other government programs. in addition it will be running up the national debt another $500 million to get the money to make the loans. it's going to be throwing 31,000 people out of jobs.
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the democratic majority -- we ought to hide the yellow pages from the democrats. if they can find it in the yellow pages, they think the government ought to be doing it. >> senator mikulski, do you have a similar objection? it is that the government will be getting the money at a cheaper rate than they're going to be charging students who need these loans. is that fair? >> first of all, don't you love senator alexander and his command of what he perceives to be the facts. i'm going to come back to the loan bill. but senator alexander and i worked together on reforming higher education in the previous congress -- pre-obama. and you know, we did it because we actually met and we practiced something called civil listening. he and i actually know each other, respected each other, and trusted each other. and listen to the validity of concerns on both sides. at the end of the day, we did have disagreements.
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but for most of the day, we could move the reforms of higher education forward. civil listening starting with respect. in terms of this bill, we cut out the middleman. that's what we did. we cut out the middleman, called the banks where they were given lavish subsidies to process student loans. so what we democrats wanted to do is expand the opportunity, raise the pell grants, more loans available at more reasonable costs, and without increasing the federal deficit. so we cut out the middleman called the banks. they're really yelling and screaming all the way as they kind of continue to use the t.a.r.p. money. and we're going to move ahead with more opportunity and less deficit. >> senator mikulski, i wanted to -- because we're running out of time here, i want to get to a question that's specific to a responsibility that you have in the u.s. senate. and in that is the president's
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decision to stop funding -- to end all funding for manned missions to the moon. do you support that? >> well i support astronaut safety. the number one concern that i have is wherever we go, whatever means is astronaut safety. the other is i think it's very confusing now because we don't know what our space destination is and therefore our space mission. i think we need a fact finding. we need to know a lot more about the administration. but one thing we know, we will always do everything to keep our astronauts safe, whatever is the mode of transportation. >> would love to follow up on space travel and student loan, we've run out of times. barbara mikulski and lamar alexander, thank you for joining us. david axelrod on the deadline missed at guantanamo bay. ♪ 'tis of thee ♪ sweet land ♪ of liberty ♪ of thee i sing
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we continue our conversation with david axelrod. let me move you to some international issues starting with guantanamo bay prison. we have a new poll out today. independence in particular we want to look at here. how many think guantanamo bay prison should be kept open. right now 77% of independents say keep it open. used to be 50%. huge increase in those. keep it open. how close is this administration to the goal of closing
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guantanamo bay. are you close to any kind of agreement with congress to get the funds to do that. >> those issues are related. we continue to be committed to it and we continue to be committed to it because people like general petraeus and others who are out in the field believe that the -- that the prison represents guantanamo represents ultimately a threat to a security and not a boone to security. obviously our goal is to process as many of the people who are there as possible to -- to try them, to dispatch them. to -- so that we have fewer -- to worry about. and it's best that they not be in guantanamo. >> how much is the prison in guantanamo bay is tied to where the 9/11 suspects are tried? either civilian or military court. those two are inextricably tied, are they not?
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>> i'm not going to make that link. there are complicated issues here. there are sensibilities and there are principles. we want to reconcile all of those and come to the right conclusion that will have the greatest positive impact on oufr securi -- our security. and i expect sooner rather than later but the president is committed to the goal. >> 2 1/2 months past your deadline, are you within a month to do it? >> i'm not going to put a time line on it. >> this year? >> we've made great progress on reducing the numbers of people there and beginning the adjudication process on them. and one of the things we had to do is sort through the legal status of hundreds and hundreds of people. we've done all of that work. we've made progress. and i believe we're going to get there. it's complicated. we're going to work through it. >> let me move you to relations with israel.
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they've been tense over the past weeks because of the israeli announcement that it was going to put more settlements or unions in to east jerusalem. 326 members of congress wrote to the secretary of state and said we're a little concerned about this. if there are private concerns, if the u.s. wants to take to the israeli prime minister, they should do so. but publicly, this week, you pretty much snubbed prime minister netanyahu. no picture with the president, no dinner with the president. netanyahu was here for four days. it was pretty much treated like a third world country leader at this point. >> not sure -- >> is insulting him really the way to go? >> i dispute the premise, candy. we were going to be away, as you know, and we cancelled that trip because of health care. as soon as we cancelled the trip, we extended the invitation to the prime minister. the president spent two hours alone with them. concern should be expressed
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privately and why meet privately with two hours. >> that was deliberate, wasn't it? >> this was not about a -- this is not about formalities, this is not about a ceremonial meeting. this was a working. this was a working meeting among friends. and so there was no snub intended. israel is a close, dear, and valued friend of the u.s. that is an unshakeable bond. and part of friendship is expressing yourself bluntly. the abiding abundance of security. the process is essential to that. and we do everything we can to move that process forward. >> we give israel $3 billion in u.s. aid. if you are this upset with israel and it's impeding the
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process and inability to get down to the negotiations, why not come to the aid and cut out the photo-op. >> we're working our way through our concerns with the israeli allies. we think we're doing it in the appropriate way. and i'm confident we will make confidence but we'll do it by being blunt and straightforward so we can move through it. >> relationship is tense, would you say that? >> we're strong but we have an abiding interest in the long-term security of israel and the region and we're going to do what we can to provide leadership in that direction. >> a new start agreement this week announced looks like a warming of the relationship. were you able to get from russia a commitment to agree to sanctions against iran. >> president medvedev has been
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forthcoming in terms of his views in what iran is doing. and most important developments in the foreign policy in the past year has been a development of a better relationship with the russians. better this were treated. hard negotiations associated with it. there were some -- there were some tense moments back and forth. but there is a basis of trust there on which to move forward. and part of that is to be built around the iran issue. we're pleased with the cooperation that they offered on iran. >> are they going to join the sanctions or not? >> we'll have a strong regime of sapgss. >> with russia. >> and i believe the russians will support them. the administration iran was united. the world was divided. the world is coming together and iran is divided. that's progress. >> david axelrod.
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thank you very much. >> still ahead, why not winning the vice presidency is paying off bigtime for sarah palin.
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don lemon at the cnn world headquarters in atlanta. president barack obama returning from a surprise trip to afghanistan right now. he met with hamid karzai and reaffirmed the partnership between the two-countries. he also met with military officials at bagram air base and
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giving boiled it down to six words. >> this is a big [ bleep ]. deal. >> thank you. >> the f-bomb seemed seriously out of whack in the east room, but on twitter, white house secretary robert gibbs gave the sentiment a high-five, and yes, mr. vice president, you're right. but republicans are ready to pounce. >> it tells you the ego level and sort of the look at us, look at us attitude of this administration. he didn't say, boy, what a great moment for the country. >> and his wing man walks up to him right before he's going to speak and says it in his ear in the mic? oh, my god. >> you have to watch those whispered moments in front of a hot mic. reminds me of the 2000 campaign rally where george bush and dick cheney shared their feelings about a "new york times" reporter covering the event.
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>> adam climber is a big time --. >> oh, yeah. >> so vice president biden is hardly the first major league politician to get caught politically incorrect, unfortunately or stupid, a bipartisan affliction. you say potato, i say po-tah-toe. dan quayle didn't care how you say it as long as you put an e on it. >> potato. >> you're right phonetically. but what else -- there you go. all right. >> let's face it -- when the cameras are always rolling and the microphones are always recording, people are going to mess up. sometimes all you can do is laugh. >> an editorial in "the los angeles times" said in addition to his uncontrolled verbiosity, bide season a gaffe machine. can you reassure the voters that you will have what you need on

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