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Post Show Thoughts: Inauguration Eve

On the eve of President Obama's second-term Inauguration, we featured a debate on two pressing issues that face him after the festivities Monday: new gun control regulation and the debt.

The president officially put forward his recommendations for Congress regarding gun control on Wednesday, but freshman Republican senator Ted Cruz of Texas said "within minutes of that horrible tragedy in Newtown, the president began trying to exploit that tragedy to push for a gun control agenda that is designed to appeal to partisans." He later added that he thought the proposals were not designed to solve the problem of gun violence, but rather to "assuage liberal partisans."

Senator Chuck Schumer defended the president and his proposals, saying "to not talk about guns when it comes to gun violence, is to not talk about smoking when it comes to lung cancer."

Senator Cruz also refused to distance himself from the controversial NRA ad involving President Obama's children saying it makes a "fundamental point" about "hypocrisy when it comes to gun control"

Our roundtable looked at the broader question of how President Obama will handle his second term. As David mentions above, Doris Kearns Goodwin points out the historical importance of the second term: "Hardly any president has been historic without a second term."

You can watch the entire program on our website, including a fascinating discussion on the roundtable about America's changing role in the world.

We'll be back next week. If it's Sunday, it's Meet the Press. 

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