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Monday's Views on Sunday's News

This Sunday on Meet the Press, David Gregory spoke with Republican candidate for President Ron Paul, Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham, and the Decision 2012 roundtable.

MTP made news with Paul’s comments on his own campaign’s future, and his discussion of Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. The Boston Globe and Politico, among others, highlighted Paul’s refusal to rule out a third-party candidacy, should he lose the nomination. The Boston Globe wrote that “Host David Gregory pressed Paul on the point on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.’ Paul said he was not even thinking about a third-party run, but left the option open.”

Paul also had harsh words for both Republican frontrunners on Sunday. “Representative Ron Paul of Texas, who has a strong organization and a loyal following in Iowa, said Sunday that there was little difference between Mr. Romney and Mr. Gingrich,” the New York Times wrote this week. And the Hill reported on Paul’s criticism of Gingrich’s connections to Freddie Mac: “Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) on Sunday called Newt Gingrich's acceptance of more than $1 million from a government-controlled mortgage lender ‘immoral.’” The Fiscal Times also noted the criticism: “Asked by Gregory whether Gingrich should return the money to Freddie Mac, Paul replied, ‘Legally he doesn’t have to, but morally,’ he should.”

Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) also appeared this Sunday, debating issues currently in the Senate, including the payroll tax cut, as well as the shifting Republican field. The Washington Post highlighted Graham’s criticism of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: “This consumer bureau that they want to pass is under the Federal Reserve; no appropriation oversight; no board. It is something out of the Stalinist era,’ Graham said on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.’” The Hill also noted Graham’s description of the CFPB as ‘Stalinist.’ Graham and Durbin talked about the hot-button issue of the payroll tax cut. Bloomberg News reported that Graham said on MTP that the tax cut would be extended, and Durbin said doing so is “is the highest priority of the president and of the Democrats in Congress.” Watch David's discussion with the senators on taxes and the middle class below.