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SUNDAY STUDY GUIDE: Paul, Durbin, Graham, roundtable

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)

  • The Washington Post featured an article  this week on Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul and his appeal to young voters.  Paul tried to explain his draw of young voters, saying “I’ve been asking the question myself for a long time. I talk a lot about freedom. It’s a young idea.”
  • In a new report by the Pew Research Center, Paul has the most favorable coverage from all presidential candidates examined on Twitter. Fifty-five percent of messages about Paul were positive, while only 15 percent of the messages were negative. 
  • Watch his last appearance on MTP.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)

  • Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin released a statement this week concerning the nomination of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  He said, “Cordray is competent, qualified, and an honorable public servant and his nomination deserved an up-or-down vote…I hope we’ll be given another chance to confirm Richard Cordray to this important post.”
  • In a tweet this week, Durbin addressed the payroll tax plan facing Congress.  He said, “We’re going to stay in DC until we extend the #PayrollTaxCut. Our holiday gift to #American families is *not* going to be a tax increase.”
  • Watch his last appearance on MTP.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham commented on GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich this week in the Wall Street Journal.  He said, “There was the Newt that got us all frustrated and upset. That’s the guy that was erratic. If you could bring out the best of Newt Gingrich and encapsulate that, you could have a transformative president.”
  • As a member of the Armed Services CommitteeGraham and Sen. John McCain released a statement this week onPakistan. They wrote, “all options regarding U.S. security and economic assistance to Pakistan must be on the table, including substantial reductions and stricter standards for performance.”
  • Watch his last appearance on MTP.

Roundtable: Branstad, Castellanos, Koppel, Myers, Todd

  • Governor Terry Branstad (R-IA) analyzed the GOP presidential candidates and their potential in the Iowa Caucuses. On Ron Paul, he said, “He [Paul] has got probably the best organization and has a very loyal following. … I don’t think he’ll win, but I think he will get 15 to 18 percent.” Watch his last appearance on MTP.
  • In a blog post on PRESS Pass, Republican strategist Alex Castellanos wrote about the Republican race for the presidential nomination.  In regards to Newt Gingrich, he wrote, “Can Newt Gingrich possibly win this nomination?  Today, no.  However, if Romney's balloon-thin campaign suffers the slightest prick, no one else can win it, either.  Then it's anybody's game, including Gingrich's.” Watch his last appearance on MTP.
  • Ted Koppel was named a correspondent for NBC’s news magazine show “Rock Center with Brian Williams” this October.  Koppel’s premiere piece on “Rock Center” will be featured on the December 12th episode. Watch his last appearance on MTP.
  • Senior Investigative Correspondent for NBC News Lisa Myers had a piece on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams this week which focused on Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. The piece featured Gingrich’s journey to being a2012 presidential candidate.  
  • NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd wrote on NBC’s First Read this week about Newt Gingrich’s rise in the polls. He wrote, “one other advantage Newt has to POTENTIALLY survive this Romney onslaught: Romney’s own issues with theconservative base. And if conservatives feel like they have to ‘hold their noses,’ they just might pick the guy who they feel was with them from the beginning.” Watch his last appearance on MTP.

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