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SUNDAY STUDY GUIDE: Plouffe, McCain, Roundtable

David Plouffe

  • On Tuesday, the Washington Post published a story quoting David Plouffe on the rough couple of weeks President Obama had:  “By November, it’s going to be about: Who do I trust more in [his] approach to the debt? Who do I trust more to create middle-class jobs? Who do I trust more to create an energy future? Who do I trust more as it relates to Afghanistan?” 
  • David Plouffe, who was the architect behind President Obama’s campaign in 2008, replaced David Axelrod as White House senior adviser in 2011.
  • Watch his last appearance on MTP.

Sen. John McCain

  • Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) released a statement today criticizing President Obama’s announcement that his administration would stop departing young immigrants living in the country illegally, calling it "a politically motivated power grab that does nothing to further the debate but instead adds additional confusion and uncertainty to our broken immigration system."
  • On Wednesday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) unveiled over twitter his top ten examples of “pork projects” in the Senate’s Farm Bill, arguing that the plan provides giveaways to numerous industries and agricultural producers.  Drum roll please, the number one pork project is, “Creates new USDA office to inspect catfish. FDA already inspects catfish, so this one’s a real bottom-feeder. #FarmBillPork
  • Sen. John McCain is a five-term U.S. senator from Arizona and was the Republican presidential nominee in the 2008 election.
  • Watch his last appearance on MTP.

Roundtable: Maraniss, Goodwin, Halperin, Ford, Strassel

  • David Maraniss, author of “Barack Obama: The Story” chronicles Obama’s coming of age and his struggle to form his self-identity. Read a Q & A with David Maraniss.
  • On Nightly News, presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin called President Obama’s decision to announce his support of same-sex marriage an “extraordinary moment in the history of the country.”Watch her last appearance on MTP.
  • Time’s Mark Halperin points out that the road to November is still filled with obstacles for Mitt Romney. He listed nine reasons, here are two: “There are some congressional and real-world moments coming up which will give Democrats a chance to push Romney to the right.” And, “The Democrats still have more paths to 270 electoral votes.” Watch his appearance on PRESS Pass.
  • Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-TN) shared with MSNBC’s Morning Joe his support of Mayor Booker's comments on Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital, saying "Private equity is not a bad thing. Matter of fact, private equity is a good thing in many, many instances." Watch his last appearance on MTP.
  • In her most recent column in The Wall Street Journal, Kim Strassel writes that Mitt Romney should embrace entitlements as groundwork for reform. She writes: “The alternative is for Mr. Romney to go Scott Walker and embrace reform as central to his stated desire to save the country for future generations. The positive GOP message makes the case that these changes save and strengthen these programs, giving Americans more choice. It notes bipartisan support for reform, and it contrasts that with Mr. Obama's own lack of leadership.” Watch her last appearance on MTP

Follow these guests on Twitter:

  • David Plouffe: @whitehouse
  • Sen. John McCain: @SenJohnMcCain 
  • David Maraniss: @davidmaraniss
  • Mark Halperin: @Markhalperin
  • Harold Ford, Jr.: @HFord2
  • Kim Strassel: @KimStrassel