David looks at Mitt Romney's big night in Michigan and Arizona and analyzes what it means for the GOP race moving forward.
Last spring the world watched as a wave of revolutionary change swept across the Middle East and North Africa. Egyptians took to the streets of Tahrir Square demanding the resignation of their 30 year leader, President Hosni Mubarak. On February 11th 2011 Mubarak stepped down from power and now democratic elections have given Islamists the majority in Egyptian Parliament. One year later Meet the Press at Brookings looks at what can be learned from the Egyptian revolution, the many challenges that still remain for the struggling democracy, the role of the United States in similar conflicts and the greater implications for the region at large.
Hosted by David, the panel discussion includes insights and analysis from Robin Wright, author of Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic World (Simon & Schuster, 2011) and joint fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Martin Indyk, vice president and director of Foreign Policy at Brookings; Tamara Wittes, former deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, who was responsible for U.S. democracy promotion in the Middle East; and Shadi Hamid, fellow and director of research of the Brookings Doha Center, who appears live from Doha via video feed.
Watch the entire the panel discussion above.
What does Romney's victory in Florida mean for the rest of the GOP race? Watch the video below for David's takeaways from the Sunshine State.
With the Florida primary on Tuesday, David gives his analysis of the GOP field in the race to the 2012 nomination.
David's analyzes the the president's State of the Union address and what impact it will have on the coming year in politics.
David breaks down this morning's news that Rick Perry is suspending his campaign and what impact it will have on the future of the race.
David Gregory previews this Sunday's NBC News-Facebook debate, live from New Hampshire. Watch during your regular Meet the Press airtime or live on our Facebook page at 9:00AM as the Republican candidates take the stage in the final debate before Tuesday’s key New Hampshire primary. You can submit your own questions to the candidates through our NBC Politics page here.
On Nightly News, David lays out the scenarios for Fmr. Gov. Mitt Romney after Iowa.
David joined the panel on Morning Joe to preview the contest in Iowa as well as what lies ahead on the rest of campaign trail.
This Sunday on Meet the Press, David Gregory interviewed White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe on President Obama’s economic plan, the campaign’s re-election strategy, and the politics of the Republican primary.
Many news outlets this week wrote that Plouffe, who was also Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, made it clear on MTP that Republican contender Mitt Romney is a top target for the White House. The New York Times wrote, "Appearing on NBC's 'Meet the Press' Sunday morning, Mr. Plouffe repeated the campaign’s assertion that Mr. Romney, the former Republican governor of Massachusetts and a leading contender for his party’s presidential nomination, 'has no core.'" And CNN reported, “Plouffe, offered a chance to size up [Herman] Cain on NBC's 'Meet the Press,' gave a minimalist response that the former pizza executive seemed 'to have tapped into something.' Without prompting, he was much more detailed and pointed about Romney.”
David Plouffe on the GOP field
AFP, Real Clear Politics, the Hill and the AP, among others, also noted that Plouffe sought to accuse Romney on MTP of changing positions for political convenience. The Hill wrote, “ 'What you need in that office is conviction, you need to have a true compass, and you have got to be willing to make tough calls,' Plouffe said. 'You get the sense with Mitt Romney that if he thought it was good to say the sky was green and the grass was blue to win an election, he would say it.'" Politico noted later on Monday that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney gave Plouffe’s Meet the Press comments about Romney “a vote of confidence.”
Reuters highlighted David’s coverage of the economy in his discussion with Plouffe, adding that the latter’s comments were part of a new push by the White House to focus on economic worries in the country’s middle class: "Senior White House adviser David Plouffe, appearing on NBC’s 'Meet the Press,' mentioned 'the middle class' a whopping 15 times, with six of those references tied to tax cuts.” The National Journal reported that Plouffe on MTP “talked up President Obama’s achievements in spite of a Congress that has achieved little success in creating jobs, but dismissed administration comments that Democrats are part of that problem.”
And The Hill noted Plouffe’s response to questioning on MTP about the Solyndra investigation: “White House senior adviser David Plouffe on Sunday would not say whether the White House will comply with an upcoming subpoena for internal communications on the $535 million federal loan guarantee to the solar company Solyndra. 'I am not going to comment on a subpoena if it has not been issued,' Plouffe said on NBC’s Meet the Press."
Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) believes members of the Tea Party support Herman Cain as a way to prove that they are not racist.
In an interview with David for this week’s PRESS Pass, Cummings said, “I think when [members of the tea party] can vote for a Herman Cain and hear him say the things that he says they feel like, ‘Well, you know, I can, I support this guy and... so it shows that I’m not racist and I’m supportive.’”
The ranking member of the House oversight committee also cautioned Democrats to not “underestimate” Cain. However, he continued, “I can guarantee you, if I put the two of them in a debate, President Obama wins every time, nine to one.”
Watch David’s entire conversation with Rep. Elijah Cummings above to hear more of his thoughts on the 2012 election including his take on President Obama’s new housing proposals and how he thinks reelection will be “very difficult” for the President given recent polling.