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SUNDAY STUDY GUIDE: McCain, Thompson, Axelrod, Santorum, roundtable

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

  • McCain tweeted this week about the recent budget showdown that has been facing Congress.  He wrote, “1,000 days since Senate Dems passed a budget - America deserves better #1000days.”
  • On the trail in South Carolina, McCain said this about Mitt Romney: “Jobs and business were created all over this country by Mitt Romney, and he knows how it is to get our economy back on track.”
  • McCain has served five terms as a U.S. senator for the state of Arizona and was the Republican presidential candidate in the 2008 election.
  • Watch his last appearance on MTP.

Fmr. Sen. Fred Thompson

  • When endorsing Gingrich this week, Thompson said, “I have come to the growing realization that Newt Gingrich is the guy who can articulate what America is all about.”
  • Thompson tweeted this week about his support for Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.  He wrote, “I'm backing Newt b/c it's not time to be bashful, or timid, or come with modest proposals to save our future.”
  • Thompson served as senator for Tennessee from 1994-2003 and ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008.

David Axelrod

  • Strategist for President Obama’s re-election campaign David Axelrod tweeted this week about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his tax returns.  He wrote, “Mitt may have thought story would be buried by SOU, but, if so, it was a Swiss Miss. His tax release helped make case for Buffett rule.”
  • Axelrod served as a senior adviser in the Obama White House before returning to Chicago for the 2012 re-election campaign. 
  • Watch his last appearance on MTP.

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum

  • Santorum was the declared the official winner of the Iowa caucus by the state’s GOP Chairman Matt Strawn on January 20.  He came in third place in the most recent primary in South Carolina.
  • Santorum was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990 and served in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2007.
  • Watch his last appearance on MTP.

Roundtable: Goodwin, Scarborough, Todd

  • Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin discussed the 2012 race to the White House and the president’s State of the Union in “The Roundtabler” on PRESS Pass. She wrote, “2012 may well provide the healthy debate the country needs on the role of government in a free enterprise society.” Watch her last appearance on MTP.
  • Host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Joe Scarborough wrote on Politico this week about GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. Scarborough wrote, “A Gingrich campaign is always a high wire act without the net and sometimes, the main actor in this manic routine actually makes it to the other side.” Watch his last appearance on MTP.
  • NBC’s Political Director Chuck Todd wrote on MSNBC’s First Read about the GOP candidate debate which took place on Thursday. He wrote, “Romney was aggressive without being petulant. He finally looked comfortable sparring. He looked for the first time like he deserved the moniker ‘front runner’ on stage.”  Watch his last appearance on MTP and read more about the latest NBC/WSJ poll: Gingrich 37%; Romney 28%; Santorum 18%; Paul 12%.

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