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Sunday Study Guide: Gibbs, Daniels, roundtable

Robert Gibbs, Obama for America campaign adviser

  • The Hill reports that even though Gibbs "accused the field of Republican presidential candidates of reviving the policies that caused the current economic difficulties," Gibbs maintains "that doesn't mean the Obama campaign is running against Bush." The Hill mentioned comments Gibbs made on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
  • The International Business Times reports that Gibbs "sought to clarify the role in public policy the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party is playing: counter-productive, to put it diplomatically."
  • Citing an interview with TODAY, the Associated Press wrote the headline: "Obama not obsessed with keeping job." The AP elaborated by quoting Gibbs, ""the president is not focused on keeping his job, most of all. He's focused on creating jobs for the American people."
  • According to The New York Times, Gibbs was a "relentless" presence on the campaign trial with President Barack Obama during his first campaign, and the close proximity between Gibbs, Obama and adviser David Axelrod made the campaign nearly leak-proof.
  • In this TIME Magazine profile, Gibbs is called "point man and presidential confidant."

Gov. Mitch Daniels

  • According to the National Journal, despite passing on a campaign of his own, Daniels still wants to play a role in 2012 -- by "promoting the potential candidacy of Rep. Paul Ryan, R. Wisc." They report that Daniels thinks Ryan "has all the qualities our party needs to be emphasizing in these elections."
  • The Hill quotes Daniels as saying, "His [Rep. Paul Ryan's] is a very important voice, whether he gets in or doesn't."
  • Even with an unsettled presidential field, the GOP Vice Presidential guessing game is heating up. POLITICO reports that Daniels is on a number of VP short lists.
  • When Daniels announced he wasn't going to run for president, he said, "In the end, I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one...The interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all. If I have disappointed you, I will always be sorry." MSNBC.Com looks at "what might have been."
  • While Daniels was mulling a presidential run, the Wall Street Journal wrote that Daniels "cut spending, trimmed the state work force to its smallest in decades, and turned a yawning deficit into a surplus, with only scattered outbursts of popular anger along the way."
  • Watch Gov. Daniels' last appearance on MTP

Roundtable: Harold Ford, Jr., Peggy Noonan, E.J. Dionne, and Maria Bartiromo

  • Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Fmr. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. discussed the importance of having an energy debate. He said, "Effective policies will ensure sufficient domestic production and the healthy operation of U.S. companies abroad, which together will provide the secure, affordable energy supply that Americans need." Watch Ford's last appearance on MTP.
  • Peggy Noonan asked "What do the Britian riots have to do with Americans?" in her latest column for The Wall Street Journal. Her answer? "What we're seeing on the streets in Britain right now is something we may be starting to see here." Watch Noonan's last appearance on MTP
  • In his latest column for the Washington Post, E.J. Dionne calls GOP candidate Mitt Romney a cross between The Little Engine That Could and the big chain store fending off attacks from upstart rivals. He concludes with, "My guess is that if Perry’s freight train doesn’t flatten Romney’s little engine pretty quickly, Romney will keep chugging on." Watch Dionne's last appearance on MTP
  • In a special for USA Today, Maria Baritromo spoke with AIG's Chief Robert Benmosche. She wrote, he "says the economy has real issues, and there is a lack of leadership in Washington" but also concluded that this is not the dark days of 2008.

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