Netanyahu: "Rock Solid Evidence" Against Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined “Fox News Sunday” to press the case against Iran and Hezbollah, and argue that recent events illustrate the danger the world faces should Tehran be allowed to develop or possess nuclear or chemical weapons.

Five Israeli tourists died this week in Bulgaria, an attack the prime minster says was carried out by Hezbollah, a terror organization that gets support and direction from Iran.

Netanyahu says he has “rock solid evidence” tying Iran to this attack, but more than that, he accused Iran and Hezbollah of orchestrating similar plots, some of them successful, in 24 countries across five continents over the past two years.

“These attacks tell you what kind of people we are dealing with, imagine these people possessing nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu wouldn’t be drawn into a discussion about the 2012 presidential elections in the US, but he did discuss the importance of seeing progress made in halting the development of Iran’s nuclear program.

The prime minister said the talks between the p5+1 and Iran have not stopped the regime “a bit.”

“The jury is out on all of this, the real question is results on the ground,” Netanyahu said about the current strategy in dealing with Iran.

Florida & Iowa Governors on 2012 Swing States

Governors Rick Scott (R-FL) and Terry Branstad (R-IA) joined “Fox News Sunday” to discuss their states’ roles in the 2012 presidential election.

Florida and Iowa figure to play big in this year’s presidential contest, as both candidates vie to win each swing state. With the Obama campaign launching an all out attack this week against the time of Mitt Romney’s departure from Bain Capital, the governors were asked if the issue will resonate come November.

Governor Branstad said that the accusations are “pathetic” and juxtaposed the president’s negative campaign strategy with the optimistic tone used by Ronald Reagan during his 1984 reelection.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, who governs perhaps the biggest prize of all the battleground states, said these latest rounds of attack won’t matter by the time voters head to the polls.

Scott added that the candidate with the best jobs plan will be the one who wins his state.

DNC vs RNC on the State of the Economy

Party Chairs Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Reince Priebus battled over the state of the economy and its impact on November 2012 in back to back appearances on “Fox News Sunday.”

This week the Labor Department reported 80,000 jobs added to the economy, a lackluster report when compared with the months at the start of the year.

Wasserman Schultz said that while more work needs to be done, compared to the beginning of 2009, when the economy was losing about 700,000 jobs a month, the economy is making progress.

“After President Obama's policies in place for the last three and a half years, we've had 28 straight months of job growth in the private sector, 4.4 million jobs created. The progress that we are making is moving us forward,” the congresswoman said.

The national unemployment rate current stands at 8.2%, but for minority groups, the rate is higher.

Wasserman Schultz does not think minority voters will be discouraged and withhold their support from the president in November.

“As I travel the country, I've seen tremendous enthusiasm from African-Americans, as well as Hispanic-Americans,” Wasserman Schultz said pointing to policies she believes have had a positive impact on these communities.

“We have made progress and President Obama has been committed to not just getting the economy turned around and creating jobs, but closing the achievement gap in education for Hispanics and African-Americans, investing in education and innovation, and making sure that we can keep folks in their homes.”

The DNC chairwoman said the economy would not improve under Mitt Romney’s proposals.

“If you compare that to Mitt Romney's focus, which was, let's let Detroit go bankrupt and not rescue the American automobile industry, African-Americans have been devastated by that in particular. More than a million jobs would have been lost. When it comes to policies like immigration reform, Mitt Romney is the most extreme presidential candidate on immigration policy.”

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus argued that the president and his team have not kept the promises they made on the economy.

Pointing to the administration’s estimates in 2009 that the stimulus would bring the unemployment rate down, Preibus said, “the fact of the matter is, people are not better off today than they were three or four years ago… The fact of the matter is, this president can't fulfill a promise. They're living in fantasy land.”

Recent polls suggest that the president is not losing much if any ground on the economy to Mitt Romney at this point.

But Priebus thinks voters will hold the president responsible when they go to vote in November.

“I don't think people are begging for another four years of this misery, John. And that's what they're going to be thinking about in November. Do we want another four years of this stagnant job growth where the president that acts like he's not living on Earth.”

Romney has faced a spate of criticism in recent days over a perception that he is not promptly and effectively responding to attacks by the Obama campaign on his business record and financial dealings.

“In spite of the fundraiser in chief's work, we have enough money” to fight the attacks Preibus said.

Lew, McConnell and the Word "Tax"

White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew is not concerned about how the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act may impact the November election for president.

“When the court rules, we have a final answer,” Lew said.

To Republicans who want to repeal the law, Lew says they will have to explain it to those who are already experiencing its benefits.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who joined “Fox News Sunday” following Lew, disagreed that the issue is settled.

Calling the new health care law the “single worst piece of legislation passed in modern times,” McConnell said it will be a big issue in the November election.

The high court found that the individual mandate was constitutional under Congress’s power to “lay and collect taxes.”

That has opened the president up to a new attack, that he is raising taxes on the middle class, something he has said many times he will not do.

Lew said that the very few people who decide to not purchase insurance as the law mandates will be the only ones impacted by the penalty.

The White House Chief of Staff, clearly reluctant to agree with the Court’s definition of the penalty as a tax, argued that Americans should take into account the number of tax cuts the administration has passed over its three plus years in office.

Senator McConnell on the other hand has been pressing the message that since the Court has deemed the penalty a tax the president has broken his promise.

The first step in the Republican plan for health care, McConnell said, is to repeal the existing law fully and then address bringing down health care costs, something he is prepared to do should Republicans win a majority of Senate seats in November.

Asked what kind of plan the Republican Party is prepared to offer that will provide universal coverage, McConnell said universal coverage is “not the issue.”

This week on Fox News Sunday: (7/1/12)

The Supreme Court upholds the Obama Administration’s signature piece of legislation, health care reform. Now with the Affordable Care Act set to become the law of the land, what are the political implications for the 2012 presidential contest? We’ll hear from the White House Chief of Staff on the real world test for the law and the top Senate Republican, who is part of an effort to legislate it off the books.

Segment 1: Jack Lew, White House Chief of Staff

Segment 2: Sen. Mitch McConnell, (R) Kentucky / Minority Leader

Plus Our Sunday Panel:

Brit Hume, Fox News Senior Political Analyst

Liz Marlantes, The Christian Science Monitor

Shannon Bream, Fox News Correspondent

Charles Lane, The Washington Post

Issa & Cummings Go Head to Head Over Holder Contempt Vote

The two leading members of the House Oversight Committee joined “Fox News Sunday” to discuss next week’s House vote on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

Chairman Darrell Issa, who has led the investigation into how the Justice Department handled Operation Fast and Furious, came out saying that Attorney General Holder would be held in contempt and that the full House vote would be bipartisan.

Issa added, “We certainly would not like to be here. And if the president and

Attorney General Holder would simply start producing the documents they know they could produce to us that are not by any means are going to be covered by executive privilege, this could be delayed or even eliminated. But we have to see the documents first.”

Congressman Cummings, who serves as the ranking Democrat on the Oversight Commiittee, called on Speaker of the House John Boehner to, “to come forth and show strong leadership -- and I know he will -- and sit down with the attorney general to resolve this matter.”

Plouffe & Lieberman Spar in Dueling Interviews

President Obama’s Senior Adviser David Plouffe and Senate Homeland Security Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-CT) joined "Fox News Sunday" to discuss the growing furor over a series of national security leaks, which are now being investigated by the Justice Department.

The controversy surrounding the leaks investigation has continued to grow in Washington. Mr. Plouffe vigorously denied that the leaks were indeed coming from the White House and pointed to the administration’s record on fighting terrorism. He stated, “The president and his national security team… are the folks who waged just a relentless and effective effort against al Qaeda and its leadership.”

Plouffe then added, “This national security information is so critical for the president and his administration to make the right decision. Nobody takes it more seriously than the president of the United States.”

When anchor Chris Wallace asked Mr. Plouffe if President Obama had declassified the information, which would have allowed for the information to be leaked, he answered, “No, of course he didn’t.”

During a subsequent interview, Senator Joe Lieberman argued for Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a Special Prosecutor. Lieberman said, “Holder would do the administration and himself a favor if he appointed special counsels in this case because it would remove any appearances that anybody in this administration was trying to block a full-scale investigation.”

Lieberman then added, “Special counsels, independent counsels before them, were created for situations exactly like this.”

Daniels Warns There's No Guarantee that Wisconsin Will Be in Play Come November

Indiana’s Republican Governor Mitch Daniels joined “Fox News Sunday” to discuss the effect the Wisconsin recall election could possibly have on the 2012 presidential race.

Governor Daniels, who’s fought and won against unions before, warned Republicans that it would be a “huge mistake” for them to read the victory in Wisconsin as a harbinger of good things to come in November.

The governor juxtaposed his warning with a bit of advice for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Daniels said, “He’s got to use this fall as an opportunity to build a consensus across – I hope – a broad spectrum of Americans to make the big changes we need to restore a vibrant, private sector.”

He then added, “He better have an affirmative, constructive message, one of hope.”

With Wisconsin voting against the recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who fought to curb the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions, many Republicans view the political victory as a watershed moment.

Daniels said that he hopes it’s a turning point between reconfiguring the balance of power between the private and public sector.

When asked if public sector unions should be done away with altogether, Daniels answered “I think government works better without them.”

Romney Adviser & Former Obama Car Czar Weigh in on the Economy

Senior Adviser to Mitt Romney Ed Gillespie and former Obama Administration Car Czar Steven Rattner joined “Fox News Sunday” to discuss Friday’s worse than expected jobs numbers and to argue for their candidate’s plan to right the economic ship.

On Friday the unemployment rate rose to 8.2% as the economy added just 69,000 jobs, far below the number that was anticipated.

Gillespie put the blame on the current president and his policies. He said that President Obama’s, “policies are hostile to job creators. He then added, “The only thing that's going to change it are changing the policies and that means changing the person in the White House.”

Steven Rattner, who was the president’s lead adviser on the bailout of the US auto industry, came to the defense of the policies set in place by the current administration. He explained, “President Obama arrived to find 700,000 jobs a month being lost in this country… We've added jobs every single month since then. Nobody is happy with the rate of job creation today. I believe that without the policies that the president put in place, we would not even have this level of job creation.”

Much has been made of the Obama campaign’s decision to go after Mitt Romney’s record in private equity. Rattner, who has quite an extensive Wall Street resume, commended Romney’s record, but vigorously offended the president’s qualifications. He explained, “I would say three years in the trenches, fighting this economic war every single day, dealing with economic policy matters, auto rescues, bank rescues, every single day for three years actually gives you more qualifications to be president.”

He said “Decades in the private sector give you an insight into all of the things that you speak about. But when Romney turns around and attacks the president's qualifications. I would say three years in the trenches, fighting this economic war every single day, dealing with economic policy matters, auto rescues, bank rescues, every single day for three years actually gives you more qualifications to be president.

Gillespie, who’s also served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee, was asked about Tuesday’s important recall election in Wisconsin. On whether a win for current Governor Scott Walker could be seen as a harbinger of the state going red come November, Gillespie replied, “I don't know at the end of the day how much that's going to factor to November but it does reflect what has been a trend in Wisconsin… and all across the Great Lakes where it is moving away from liberal Democratic policies and for more reform-oriented Republican policies.”

Sen. John McCain "Great Honor of My Life" to Serve

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) offered his thoughts on this Memorial Day weekend by saying it was the “great honor of my life to serve in the company of heroes.”

McCain, who is in his fifth term in the US Senate, served in the US Navy from 1958 to1981.

McCain is also one of the leading Senate Republican voices on foreign affairs and the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

He reacted to developing international headlines, including the massacre in Houla, Syria, on Saturday.

Asked whether it is enough for the US government to begin assisting in the vetting process of opposition forces there, McCain said “of course not.”

“This is a shameful episode in American history. Nearly 10,000 people have died. This is a brutal regime of incredible proportions,” McCain added.

The senator described the Obama administration’s foreign policy as “feckless.”

McCain added that the situation in Syria “cries out for American leadership. American leadership is not there.”

Going through the difficult situations in Syria, in Afghanistan and in Pakistan, McCain laid blame on the president’s policies.

“This has to do with a foreign policy led by a president who does not believe in American exceptionalism.”

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