On CNN's STATE OF THE UNION with CANDY CROWLEY, Crowley unpacked the results inside the new CNN/ORC poll results released this morning to reveal a continuing partisan divide in how American's view the President's job performance. While 87 percent of Democrats approve of how the President is handling his job, 15 percent of Republicans view his job performance favorably, and 47 percent of Independents view the President's job performance favorably.
Approve of how Obama is handling His Job as President
Sampling error +/- 6.5% points
In a new CNN/ORC poll, despite this week’s challenges, President Barack Obama’s approval rating is now at 53 percent, with 45 percent disapproving of the job that he is doing as president. However, most Americans also take very seriously all three concerns that were raised last week - Benghazi, the IRS, and the AP subpoenas - and most say that Republicans in Congress are not overreacting to these issues.
1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
App- Disapp- No
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May 17-18, 2013 53% 45% 2%
April 5-7, 2013 51% 47% 3%
March 15-17, 2013 47% 50% 3%
Jan. 14-15, 2013 55% 43% 2%
Dec. 17-18, 2012 52% 43% 4%
Nov. 16-18, 2012 52% 43% 5%
Nov. 2-4, 2012 51% 45% 4%
For additional results of this poll, please visit CNN.com/ticker
Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator Susan Collins of Maine spoke about revelations about the IRS, the Boston bombings investigation and the Benghazi hearings. A full transcript of the interview may be found here.
Sen. Collins on IRS targeting of conservative groups:
COLLINS: "This is truly outrageous. And it contributes to the profound distrust that the American people have in government. It is absolutely chilling that the IRS was singling out conservative groups for extra review. And I think that it's very disappointing that the president hasn't personally condemned this and spoken out. His spokesman has said it should be investigated, but the president needs to make crystal clear that this is totally unacceptable in America.”Collins says IRS revelations will fuel government distrust
Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, the following guests joined the program to discuss the Boston bombings and the resulting investigation: Massachusetts Senator William "Mo" Cowan; House Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul; and Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Chuck Schumer of New York. Highlights are below and a full transcript of the program may be found here.
Sen. Cowan on the Boston bombings investigation:
"As to whether or not there may be others involved, as I understand it, we don't think there may be others at this point. But the investigators as they should are continuing to look into the matter."
Rep. McCaul on the six months Tamerlan Tsarnaev spent in Russia in January 2012:
"Clearly, something happened in my judgment in that six-month timeframe. He radicalized at some point in time. Where was that and how did that happen? I'm very concerned. That six months is very important… I personally believe that this man received training when he was over there and he radicalized from 2010 to the present. And then, nine months after he comes back from the Chechnya region, he pulls off the largest terror attack since 9/11."
On Tamerlan Tsarnaev's prior interview with the FBI:
Sen. Schumer: "While the FBI's done a very good job over the last ten years, I certainly think there are questions that have to be answered."
Sen. Graham: "I don't know if our laws are insufficient or the FBI failed, but we're at war with radical Islamists and we need to up our game."
On "enemy combatant" status:
Sen. Graham: "When the public safety exception expires and it will here soon, this man in my view should be designated as a potential enemy combatant and we should be allowed to question him for intelligence gathering purposes"
Sen. Schumer: "I don't think we have to cross the line and say he should be an enemy combatant which could be challenged in court."
On the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev:
Sen. Schumer: "Given the facts that I've seen it would be appropriate to use the death penalty in this case and I would hope they would apply it in federal court."
Sen. Cowan: "I am not personally a proponent of the death penalty. I think that - but I'll leave it to Attorney General Holder to decide ultimately what needs to be done here. And I'll support that."
Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley,Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona joined the program and discussed upcoming legislation to expand background checks saying, "I'm very favorably disposed." Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania also spoke on the program about their gun legislation, with Toomey guessing that it may come up for a vote on Wednesday. Full transcripts of both interviews may be found here.
Sen. McCain on the Toomey-Manchin gun legislation:
"I'm very favorably disposed. But first of all, I would like to thank Pat and Joe for their work together. We need to do a lot more of that. And I'm very favorably disposed towards that. Eighty percent of the American people want to see a better background check procedure. The Internet aspect of it, which I need more explanations - greater explanation of, but, look, I appreciate their work. "
Sen. Toomey on the Toomey-Manchin gun legislation:
"I think Wednesday's probably the most likely day for a vote for the Manchin-Toomey alternative to the existing language in the underlying bill. I think it's an open question as to whether or not we have the votes. I think it's going to be close."
Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Gov. Dan Malloy of Connecticut spoke about the sweeping gun legislation his state passed a few days ago, in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook.
Gov. Malloy on LaPierre’s criticism of Connecticut’s gun legislation: “Why should you be able to buy a gun or buy, you know, armor-piercing munitions? It doesn't make any sense. He doesn't make any sense, thus, my reference to the circus.”NEWS FROM CNN’s STATE OF THE UNION: Malloy: NRA’s LaPierre acts like a circus clown
Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina spoke about immigration reform and whether he will join the group of Republicans threatening to filibuster comprehensive gun control legislation. Highlighted excerpts are below, and a full transcript may be found here.
Sen. Graham on immigration reform:
"Conceptually, we have an agreement... It will be rolled out next week. Yes, I believe it will pass the House..."
Graham on gun control legislation:
“The only way I would filibuster a bill is if Senator Reid did not allow alternative amendments.”Senators expect immigration legislation this week; Rubio signals no final agreement yet
Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Secretary of Veterans Affairs General Eric Shinseki spoke exclusively with CNN’s Candy Crowley about the backlog at his department, healthcare and more in his first Sunday interview. And in the noon hour of the program, chief policy officer of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Tom Tarantino and executive director of the American Legion Peter Gaytan spoke with Crowly about her Shinseki interview. Full transcripts of all interviews will be available on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sotu.html; a highlight is after the jump. FULL POST
Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, House Intelligence Committee ranking member, Dutch Ruppersberger and chairman, Mike Rogers spoke about the threat of cyberwarfare and discussed Israel, Iran and North Korea. Highlighted excerpts are after the jump and a full transcript may be found here.
McCarthy on Kevin Spacey’s “Vote your district. Vote your conscience. Don't surprise me.” as House Majority Whip in “House of Cards”:
"I gave him that line. I didn't deliver it that way, but I gave him that line, yes.”
On President Obama’s outreach to Republicans
MCCARTHY: I believe any time that both parties are talking, it's a good thing. Now, this should have happened four years ago. I'm glad it's happening. But is this about politics or is this genuine?
CROWLEY: Which is it?
MCCARTHY: Only time will tell. I mean, this president spends a lot of time on the road, a lot of time about politics. He walked off his campaign election, election night after giving a speech and he made two phone calls, Nancy Pelosi and Steve Israel, the head of the Democratic campaign committee. So, is this about winning the House or is it about governing for all of America? And only time will tell that –House whip questions motives behind Obama outreach