This Sunday on Meet the Press, David Gregory interviewed Pennsylvania Governor, and Penn State Board of Trustees member, Tom Corbett about the Penn State sexual abuse scandal. Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and DNC Chairman, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) also appeared to discuss politics and policy behind the 2012 campaigns.
Media outlets, both in Pennsylvania and nationally, highlighted Gov. Corbett's comment on MTP that state laws requiring reporting of child sexual abuse should be changed. The Wall Street Journal wrote, "Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, said on 'Meet the Press' Sunday that he expected changes in the reporting law by year end. 'Should the law be changed? Absolutely,' said Mr. Corbett, who was attorney general when the investigation of the sex scandal began." The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said, "Gov. Tom Corbett predicted this morning the state could see a change before year's end in the law regarding the reporting of child abuse" The Washington Post and the LA Times also noted Corbett's discussion of the actions of graduate coaching assistant Mike McQueary. The Post reported that on MTP, Corbett "made no effort to conceal his disappointment with McQueary, who told no one in law enforcement about what he had supposedly witnessed."
Michele Bachmann also weighed in on the Penn State issue. The Boston Globe, among others, noted her strong views on the matter as stated on MTP: "Bachmann said that as a parent, her response to the arrest of the college football team’s former assistant coach for sexual abuse of children and the firing of the head coach and college president, would be forceful. 'If that was my child, my automatic reaction would be even though I’m a small woman, I want to find that guy and beat him to a pulp,' Bachmann said."
David's conversation with Bachmann also turned to 2012 politics. The New York Times reported, "Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota faced tough questioning on the NBC News program 'Meet the Press' about her assertion that President Obama seemed determined 'to lose in the war on terror.'" Other media outlets, including Bloomberg, The Huffington Post, and UPI also picked up her comments. Huffington Post wrote, "Bachmann concedes that President Barack Obama achieved a 'tactical' success in bringing down al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and in taking out some of his cohorts in drone attacks. But she tells NBC's 'Meet the Press' that Obama 'is allowing the ACLU to run the CIA,' complaining that it was wrong to ban waterboarding."
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), who also leads the Democratic Nation Committee's fight to reelect the President, also made news on MTP this week. The Wall Street Journal said Wasserman Schultz was “Rehearsing an argument on government spending and the deficit that could become a central theme of the 2012 campaign,” as she attacked frontrunner Mitt Romney on Meet the Press. And Politico wrote that David Gregory asked Wasserman Schultz "the hardest question" on Sunday: " 'Are you better off?' is an incumbent's most basic question, but for an incumbent making the case that he should be measured in part on a disaster averted, in part on plans for the future, it's proving an unusually tricky one, as Debbie Wasserman Schultz found on Meet the Press yesterday." Watch the DNC chair's comments below.