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good morning and welcome to "this week." terror in the skies. >> if nothing else, this is a wakeup call. >> how did this slip through security? we'll ask janet napolitano. then. >> the patient protection and affordable care act is passed. >> finish line. >> let's make 2010 the year we finally reform health care. >> what hurdles remain for democrats? to arrive at a final health care bill. can republicans still stop it? those questions for our headliners, mitch mcconnell and robert gibbs. only on "this week."
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plus, more debate and analysis and predictions for 2010. paul krugman, matthew dowd, and david brooks, of "the new york times." ruth marcus from "the washington post." and as always, the sunday funnies. >> meteorologists are calling this a record blizzard. it makes sense. they always said that the senate would pass health care when hell freezes over. apparently it has. good morning. we're learning more about the 23-year-old nigerian man that the u.s. government has charnld with trying to blow up that northwest airlines flight on christmas day.
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his name was on a list, but never made it on the no-fly list. now air travelers will face stepd up security measures. joining us from san francisco, janet napolitano. thank for joining us. >> good morning. >> i want to get your response to joe liker man saying -- i am troubled by so many aspects of this case. include how the suspect escaped the attention of the state department. how the suspect managed to retain a u.s. visa and why he was not recognizeded ed d as son the terrorist database. how do you address these questions? >> i think first of all, we're investigating, as always.
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going backwards to see what happened and when. who knew what and when? i think it's important for the public to understand that there are different types of databases. there was never information in place that would put this individual on a no-fly list. or on a selectee list. i think the important thing to recognize here is that once this incident occurred, everything happened that should have. the passengers reacted correctly, the crew reacted correctly. within an hour to 90 minutes, all 128 flights in the air were notified. they took mitigation measures on the off chance that somebody else was traveling with other kinds of detrukt ifr intent. the system worked very, very smoothly over the last couple of days. >> let me ask you about intelligent sharing. the suspect's father went to the u.s. embassy in nigeria and said, i'm worried,
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because my son is displayed extremist religious views, how was that information shared with other parts of the u.s. government or did it stay just at that embassy? >> we're going to go back and really do a minute by minute, day by day scrub of that sort of thing. but, when he presented himself to fly, he was on a tide list. a tide list says his name had come up somewhere, someh. the no-fly and selectee lists require specific derogatory information. that was not available throughout the law enforcement community. he went through screening in amsterdam. as he prepared to board a flight to the united states. thauthorities in am tsterdam are working with us to make sure that was properly done.
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we have nothing to suggest it wasn't. important for the traveling public to regnize, a, everybody reacted the way they should. we train for this, plan for this, exercise for this event should it occur. and b, we have added additional screening, what we call mitigation measures. they'll be continuing. for awhile. we ask people perhaps to show up a little bit earlier at the airport in the holiday season. and recognize that we're going to be doing different things at different airports. don't think somebody at tsa is not on the job if you see people doing different things at different airports. >> you keep saying everybody acted the way they were supposed to. clearly, the passengers and crew of that northwest airlines flight did. i think there are questions of whether everyby in the u.s. government did. here's a question.
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so many of us are subject to random security searches all the time, how come somebody not on a terrorist database is not under more stringent security? when they check into a flight to the u.s.? why does that not automatically happen? >> if he had specific information that put him on the selectee list or the no-fly list. he would not have gotten on a plane. those numbers pyramid down. they need to. again, there's lots of information that flies about this world on a lot of different people. what we have to do in law enforcement is, not only collect and share, but do it in the proper way. now, once this incident occurred, everything went according to clock work. not only sharing throughout the air industry, but sharing with the state and local law enforcement agencies. products were going out on christmas day. they went out yesterday.
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through the industry, to make sure that the traveling public remains safe. i would leave you with that message. the traveling public is safe. we have additional measures in light of this situation. everyone reacted like they should. once the incident occurred, the system worked. >> what can you tell us about the suspect? has a definitive connection with al qaeda been made? >> that's the subject of investigation. it would be inappropriate to say or to speculate. we'll let the fbi and the criminal justice system do their work. >> one final question for you. an october report from the government accountability office says that almost $800 million has been spent on new technologies but since tsa's creation, ten technologies have been in various stages of
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research, development, procurement, and deployment, but tsa has not deployed any of them to airports nationwide. why have the technologies not been sent to airports nationwide? >> without going into the accuracy or inaccuracy of that particular report, new technology has been deployed. there's a more important important to be made. which is that, "a," technology is evolving all the time. it's not a static situation. and "b," even with the most sophisticated technology, everybody needs to play part in their security. that's why i think the actions of the passengers and crew on the flight deserve praise. that's why the men and women working really overtime, christmas day, yesterday, whatever, to make sure that all other flights remain safe, why
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that system is so important. you can't rely on just one part of the security system. you have to look at the system as a whole. >> thanks so much for joining us. >> thank you. now we'll turn to the president's chief spokesman, and close adviser, robert gibbs. merry christmas, thanks for joining us. >> happy holidays, jake. >> a terrorist attack almost happened, had it not been for a faulty detonator. are you confident that the obama administration is doing everything it needs to do, and did so in this instance, to keep the american people safe? >> absolutely. let's touch on a few things. the database that this individual was on contained about 550,000 names. a smaller database of about 400,000 of those names are what selectee and no-fly lists are
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drawn from. the selectee list has about 13,000. the no-fly list has about 4,000. it's whittled down into much smaller no-fly and selectee lists. the president has asked for two look back reviews. first on our watch-listing pr procedures. did the government do everything it could have with the npsz nafgs that they had? understanding that the procedures are several years old. did we do what we needed to with that information? how can we revise systems going forward to make sure that no information is clogged somewhere and is going to the highest leve of security. obviously, we have to review our detection capabilities. the president has asked the department of homeland security to answer the very real question about how somebody with something as dangerous at petn
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could have gotten on a plane in amsterdam. i think those are the two reviews to come directly out of this. the president is confident that this government is doing what it can to seek out those that intend to do us harm. we'r drawing down in iraq. we're focusing on the places in the world where attacks have previously been planned. where that planning goes on now. we'vstrengthened our partnerships and cooperation with a number of countries including yemen, pakistan, somalia. and used all elements of our american power to seek to eliminate heads of al qaeda power. >> knowing the president, i've been covering him for a few years, i can't imagine that he would hear this guy's father reported to the embassy that he
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had extremist views, within a matter of weeks, he boards an airplane with explosives on his person. i can't believe that he would hear that information and say, that's nuts. why did that happen? >> he's heard it and not long after it was brought to the situation room. that's what's precipitated a watch listing review and a detection capabilities review to ensure that one, the information that we have goes through process the right way and surfaces to those that have to make the decisions. again we have a watch list that this individual is on. that contains about 550,000 names. okay. so this individual was listed in november of 2009 on that database based on that information. the no-fly list and the selectee lists -- >> but who was watching him if
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he's on that list? >> i think if you read the papers this morning, you'll find that the name was listed, concern was brout, the ability to -- >> brought to who? anybody can write name. >> this is a database that a series of agencies enter names into and draw information from. again, jake, the investigation will look backwards to see if signs were missed. there are 18,000 people on either a selectee or a no-fly list. this database contains 550,000 of those names. it's a huge number. we have to ensure, the president has asked that a review be undertaken swiftly to ensure that any information gathered and put into any databe that it gets to where it needs to go to people that are making decisions. but understanding that 550,000 people are on that one database. the president wants to review some of the older procedures and see if they need to be updated.
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>> i want to get to health care reform. with the limited time we have left. there was deal making that went on as the legislation hit the house and the senate. that kind of deal making is one of the reasons that president obama, then senator obama pledged this on the campaign trail. >> we'll have the negotiations televised on c-span so people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents and who is making arguments on behalf of e insurance companies and the drug companies. >> politifact labeled that a breken promise. i'm feeling more generous. you have one more step in the negotiation process. the president said this on pbs. >> we hope to have a whole bunch
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of folks over here in the west wing and i'll be rolling up my sleeves and spending time before the full congress gets into session because the american people need it now. >> with that in mind, will the president open up the doors for the final negotiation? he's in charge of it. it will be at the west wing. democratic leaders of the house and senate. will he commit to opening up that process to the c-span cameras? >> that process has played out over the course of nine months. there have been countless numbers of public hearings. the senate did a lot of voting at 1:00 and 2:00 in the morning on c-span. the president pledged to see who was fighting for whom. >> he was talking about negotiations not voting. >> i think the floor of the
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senate is where the bill got augmented. if you watched that debate. i wasn't up at 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning for a lot of the votes. you have seen quite a bit of public hearing and public airing. i think people have a good sense of who is battling on behalf of thousands of lobbyists trying to protect drug and insurance profits and who is fighting for middle class americans and removing insurance company restrictions like discriminating against people that are sick. >> all right, robert gibbs, we'll have to leave it there. thanks for joining us. good luck. >> to you, your family, and your viewers, happy new year. >> thank you. joining us from kentucky, senator mitch mcconnell. thanks for joining us. >> good morning, jake. >> turning back to the attempted terror attack, the obama administration was following procedures published
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by the bush administration in the creation of the tsa, are they doing enough? does more need to be done? >> our leader on this issue, senator collins of maine, suggested to me yesterday, when we were talking about this, a question she's going to be asking which is, how does a person on the terrorism watch list get a u.s. visa? particularly when you consider that his father was concerned about his son's proclivities this fall? i think there's much to investigate. in adishes addition to that, he had connections with yemen. we know -- and imam in yemen who may have been the inspiration to the ft. hood attack. there's much to investigate here. it's amazing a person sending out so many signals could get on a plane heading to the u.s. >> do you think that the
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individuals, do you think they should automatically be at the very least subjected to additional security searches at airports? >> it only makes common sense. >> turning to health care reform, another big issue on the plate of the administration and your plate as well. you've been criticized by several conservative voices, rush lib limb baug, eric ericson, you said, this fight is not over. my colleagues and i will work to stop this bill from becoming law. what are you going to do and what can you do with 40 votes? >> first, every republican opposed the measure. all the procedural devices to slow down a measure were employed. it didn't pass until christmas
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eve at 7:00 a.m. the american people are overwhelmingly opposed to the bill. the bill is not law yet. it's got to be reconciled between the house and senate. every democrat in the senate provided the one vote that passed this 2,700-page monstrosity. it cuts medicare, raises taxes, and instead of curbing the rate of increase of insurance premiums, most americans insurance premiums will go up. this bill is a colossal failure. the american people were literally screaming at us, please, don't pass this bill. >> you criticize this bill for cutting medicare. there are cuts. doctors' fees are cut. 21% next year. you have a history of voting for medicare cuts as well. you voted in 1995 to cut it by $270 billion.
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1996 budget resolution, you voted to cut it $158 million. 1997, the balanced budget act, you voted to slow its growth by $393 million. how do you square those votes from when senate republicans ran the senate, to you current criticism of the bill for cutting medicare? >> easily. those cuts were aimed at making medicare more stainable. what they're doing here is using it as a piggy bank. they're takeing a half trillion out of medicare and trying to spend the money on a new entitlement program for a different set of americans. we don't think you ought to take grandma's medicare and start a new program for someone else. >> do you think republicans running for senate in 2010
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should run on a platform of vowing to repeal the health care reform bill, should it become law? and will that be one of your first items should you regain control of the senate, repealing what you call obama-care. >> you have seen what's happened already withongressman griffith switching parties. there are rumors there may be others. there is great unrest in the democratic party. the american people are opposed to this effort to have the government take over their health care. it will be a huge issue next year. you hear the democrats saying, let's not tackle any big issues. they're nervous about cap and trade, reregulation. the new administration, the new congress has squandered it goodwill with the american people. leading to what could be a big
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setback for them. >> respectfully, you didn't answer my question. should republicans campaign on a platform of repealing the health care reform measure? will that be on your agenda should you become the leader of the majority? >> i'm sorry. i thought i answered it. there's no question that this bill will be a big, if not central, issue in the 2010 election but in the 2012 election. >> i'll take that as a yes. that they should campaign on repealing obama-care. you cut a deal with harrreid to secure a vote on the debt limit issue. a stand-alone vote. plus five republicans amendments. why was that important to you? >> look this administration has run up more debt in the first year than the previous one in four years. they passed a budget that will double the debt in five years.
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they will triple the debt in ten years. raising the debt ceiling is no longer an automatic. this is the nation's credit card. we think it's important to have a debate with amendments. about what we intend to try to accomplish for the american people to get this debt down. people are afraid their children will not have the country they had because of the debt. raising the debt ceiling is a good time to have that debate. >> the congressional budget office says that the health care reform bill will reduce the deficit by $132 billion. but there's criticism from bruce bartlett who wrote -- it was a pure giveaway that had no dedicated financing, no fsets, no revenue raisers. 100% of the costs.
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as far as i'm concerned, any republican who voted for that has no right to criticize anything that the democrats have done. you voted for that drug benefit. it was not offset by revenue or spending cuts. >> well, the first thing, you should notice is that it came in 30% underbudget because of the competitive mechanisms of extending a drug benefit to seniors. the democrats criticized it at the time, because it wasn't generous enough. and look. they have gone far beyond any deficit spending indiscretions that republicans might have had. in their first year alone, they ran the deficit up in one year more than the bush administration did in four years. enough is enough. the american people are expecting us to stop this effort to spend, tax, and borrow us into oblivion.
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the week before christmas, and all through the hill. not a creature was stirring, not even a bill.
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>> people have voted, they mandated reform. but republicans blew off the gathering storm. >> how far away from common sense we've been led. our kids and grandkids have their futures to dread. >> democrats exclaimed as they drove out of sight. better coverage for all, even our friends on the right. >> oh, the christmas stylings of senators bond and burris. joining us now to talk about health care reform, which the poems were about, and other issues, david brooks, matt dowd, paul krugman and ruth marcus. we're going to start with the alarming christmas attack that almost happened. david, you heard secretary napolitano and robert gibbs give their answers. pardon the pun, did their explanations fly with you? >> it didn't pass the laugh test
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with me. we all go through the airport. we all glo through the screening procedures. i and a lot of people have the feeling that that's jobs program, not a security program. it's all a joke. people can sneak stuff through. it was the passengers that did this. the guy was fitting every stereotype of the terrorist that you could imagine. he was a rich guy, went to fancy schools, a mechanic, he gets radicalized. a perfect bit of stereotyping would have caught this guy. >> matt, when richard reid failed in his attempt to blow up a plane, president bush did not come out and say anything to the nation. president obama followed that playbook. is that the right thing? >> part of the problem is that things you think to be true in the beginning are not true as
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the days go on. some of the things we first heard, we didn't catch. the real question is, it's, what are we spending the billions of dollars on? as david said, that are really doing the job? is it a jobs program or a terrorist catching program? i think that's the question. >> i think there are two alarming things that happened here. first, this suspect's father went to the u.s. authorities and said, you may have a problem here. he is not a u.s. citizen. he's a nigerian national. he's got a multiple entry visa into the united states. why wasn't that yanked? why wasn't he moved to the top of a real watch list, not the 550,000? i don't think this is the administration's fault. this is the way that bureaucracies work or don't work. second, the screening processes, clearly, though we've spent billions and billions of
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dollars, there's simply not enough equipment to find the things that need to be found. >> i think we do want -- someone's head ought to roll. every major military surprise that happened, the were ample warnings. the trouble is, there is so much information. there's 500,000 people on the list we're talking about. stuff is going to fall through the cracks. you do what you can. die while killing a bunch of to civilians, it's going to happen now and then. we're using a lot of 20/20 hindsight. what was the kind of thing that always happens when anything goes wrong. >> to me, so the situation now is, what do we do in the aftermath of this? it looks like we usually profile an article of clothing, not the person. we're reluctant. it's from politically correctness to profile a person.
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the underwear is on fire on the plane, we might next have to profile underwear. >> everyone now has to wear underwear on the outside. >> tsa is talking about rules, international flights, for the last hour, no personal items in your lap. can't get up for the last hour of international flights. this will affect us in the same way. but one of the other interesting things about this, ruth. this man, apparently, according to the information we have now. you pointed out, a lot of the early information is proven to be wrong. apparently, he spent time in yemen. was trained by al qaeda in the peninsula. not necessarily a new front on the war on terror. this is coming up over and over. a u.s. yemen air strike on ursday morning. >> i think you could say there's a new front on terror. it's not particularly surprising. it doesn't mean that afghanistan
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and pakistan are not a concern. but it does underscore the new reality that -- terror is, that's sort of a floating crap game. you can move to it different locations. if you have a failed or failing state, as yemen is, as somalia is, those are breeding grounds and areas where al qaeda is flourishing. >> it's an ideological thing. hi fit the profile. rich, trapped between two worlds, the traditional world of his imagined past and the modern version. just like the 9/11 guys, sort of like the ft. hood guy. they imagine some pure islamic ideology of the past that they're going to act out by killing people. it's the ideology that happens. it can happen anywhere. >> there are reports that he may have beeradicalized in london, where he went to school. i want to turn now to another
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big issue. it's health care reform. it's been consuming a lot of your attention. specifically, paul, you wrote a recent op ed saying, in favor of the senate health care reform. three groups of those that oppose it. your characterizations. one, the crazy right, two unhappy progressives and three, the bah humbug caucus of fiscal scolds. i don't want to pot fingers. one of your fellow colleagues is opposing the health care reform measure. i am assuming you don't think david is part of the crazy right? >> let's not jump to any conclusions. >> let me say this. the objections is that they do not do enough to control costs. you have to ask, what more realistically could you expect? there was an article that said, they are in fact trying everything that people have suggested in the form of pilot
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programs. there's a whole list of things that we think might control costs. this will be in the legislation. it will be tried. this is the first serious attempt we have made to control health care costs. by doing that, it proved something to people like me, advocates of universal coverage. the only way to control costs is as part of a pack j that will also cover the uninsured. you have to go to people and say, this is is what we need to do to provide health security to everybody. this is is flawed, annoying, underfunded. i wish there was a public option. i wish for lots of things in there. but this is the most dramatic move to getting ratial about health care spending. at the same time that it fills a good part of the holes in the safety net. mr. brooks?
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>> i don't oppose it because i want to step on the necks of the poor. i oppose it, it's a close call for me. we used to spend 10% of our gnp on health care. now it's 17%. soon it will be 22%. more on health care. this bill will slightly increase the amount of money we spend on health care. what can you do to do something about that? i wouldn't mind a single pair. i prefer it to what we have tow. my preferred option iso give consumers choice. there are health economists. there was a bill. the widen-bennett bill. people said it's politically impossible. this bill, right now. in a poll, has 32% support. i think i could get 32% for a consumer related bill -- >> this is not about polling. a fair number of people that don't support it wanted something stronger. if you ask people about specific
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provisions -- the massachusetts program, this is a massachusetts type program for the united states. if you ask people in massachusetts, do you approve of it? people in massachusetts it's not favorable. if you ask people do you want to get rid of it or maintain and extend it? 79% of the massachusetts public wants to it continue. i think that's the way this is going to work. people will complain, they'll say, this is not what i want, this is not good. you'll ask, do you want to go back on it? overwhelmingly, they'll say no. >> you would go farther. i couldn't get senator mcconnell to say republicans should campaign on repealing this? >> i think if this bill passes, it's the best thing for the . party in the short run. the majority of the country is opposed to it. they think their own health care costs will go up.
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they think the overall cost of the systems will go up. the majority thinks that it will get worse. we could argue in washington, at the capitol. the country is decided. they're overwhelmingly decided on it. congress wants to pass a bill, whether good many parts, bad in parts, whatever it happens to be, the country doesn't want it. if it passes in january, if they don't sell it, i don't think they will. they're going to go on to jobs quickly. it will be an albatross on almost every democrat in a swing district in the country. >> one of the members of congress speaking against e health care bill is a former freshman democrat from alabama now freshman republican from alabama. parker griffith. this is what the campaign committee was saying about him last year in a tv ad. >> 2000.
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the u.s.s. cole is attacked. 2001, terrorists attack america. 2008, the marriott in pakistan is bombed. parker griffith says we have nothing to fear. >> we have nothing to fear from radical islam. >> parker griffith, wrong for alabama. >> now they say right for alabama. some people say this is a canary in a coal mine. parker griffith's defection. mr. daley was quoted -- it may be too late to avoid some losses in 2010, it is not too late to avoid the kind of rout that redraws the political map democrats need to move more to the center. >> i thought he overstated the case. i think parker griffith will be a lonely canary in that coal
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mine. there's no indication that i can find that any other democrats are thinking about morphing themselves into republicans. to get back to matt's point, the potential albatross of the health care bill, they're going to pivot to jobs, jobs, jobs. absolutely if they don't start to also, simultaneously, sell this health care bill. if they don't sell it. we're all talking about it like it's a fait accompli. if they don't find way to also sell it as a positive transformation, it will be an albatross. >> how do they do that? >> it's doable and complicated. the complicated part is that many of the things it will achieve will not start until 2013, 2014. it's hard to say to people, life is going to be great two elections from now.
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if you don't have health care or if you're nervous about your health care. but there's going to be a lot of talk about the immediate deliverables. for example, senior citizens, who are a, nervous about what's happening to medicare. witness grandma. they'll have their doughnut hole filled or somewhat filled quickly. and people can keep their kids on insurance policies after they're out of college until age 26 or 27. there will be some focus on that. it's hard to talk about legislation that is promising someing in the future as people's health premiums continue to go up. >> can the democrats sell this? >> some. i'm waiting for the first poll that asks, do you want to repeal this? that's very different from do you approve of it? let me also say about parker griffith. he's a living fossil.
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he's the last dixiecrat. here's the one guy left over. it's not an omen of very much. i don't think health care will be a big sell for the democrats. it's something they have to do. this was a core issue in the campaign. a core promise to the base. even if part of the base is temporarily, at least, riled up that is is not what they really wanted. it was something they had to check off. it a little bit like the medicare drug benefit. it was something that bush had to do to just shore up that front. i don't think the campaign will be about health care. i think it's jobs, the economy, and do you want those guys back in? which is basically -- >> when fdr did the new deal, 70% to 80% of the people had a good view of the government. now, 15% to 20% have a good view of the government. if you have a whole series of things that look like big government and spending, the peern people are going to take it out on you.
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a lot of states will get wiped out. harry reid might get wiped out. >> i was going to say, this is an end of year show. it's a good time for predictions. you offered yours. charlie cook predicted that republicans will pick up 20 to 30 seats in the house, 4 to 6 in the senate. >> i'm with charlie. 20 to 30 at least. look at states like illinois. a democrat state, a very impressive candidate, you'll see unexpected places. i think assuming things don't change. republicans will do well. they'll repeal half of health care, the only painful half. >> i think they'll pick up 25 seats in the house and 5 seats in the senate. >> still not enough to control? >> no. but a prediction in the aftermath. mandate.blicans will misread the
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they will think it was because of something shea said or did as opposed to the democrats went off tangent and wasn't in line with the american public. the republicans will do something, that in my view, could be a benefit to barack obama in 2012. if he has to deal with a more republican congress. >> can i say megadittos for that? >> my prediction is slightly rosier. >> rosedier for democrats? >> let's remember the president's party is almost -- almost inevitably loses seats in the midterm election. i think wh paul can tell us about the unemployment rate next spring heading into the fall that will determine how people feel about the incumbent party. i say some in the house, somewhere in the 20s, anything under 20 will be viewed by democrats as a sigh of relief. in the senate, i think it's a little bit more complicated. there are more republican
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senators retiring than democrats. and in more divided, swingy-type states. i would say closer to three. >> we're getting close to short on time. i want to ask you a question about the economy for 2010. your fellow laureate, joseph stiglets says that the u.s. economy will contract. he's calling on the government to prepare an additional stimulus. do you agree? >> i think it's possible. we have a recovery not showing up very much ijobs yet. it's been driven by fiscal stimulus that will fade out next year. and by inventory bounce. production was low, companies were running on their inventories. you get a bounce in the economy. that will run out. the things we know about are all going to be negative in the second half of next year. the financial markets, the last
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month, they've gotten optimistic. look at things like, all right, the term spread on bond rates. they suggest that the financial markets think there will be a vigorous recovery. i don't know where it's supposed to come from. the range is huge here. i would go with joe. i'm worried about the second half. >> i have to wrap there. "the roundtable" continues in the green room. get updates by signing up for our news letter, on abc.com. coming up, "the sunday funnies." employees everywhere are sending out an sos. who can help put their retirement plan back on solid ground... protect their savings... and guarantee their income throughout retirement? as a leader in your company, who can you call to help get retirement right? who? pru. for solutions that redefine retirement, prudential is the rock you can rely on.
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