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Kasie Hunt To Rick Perry: ‘Are You Smart Enough To Be President?’

Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 2.03.35 PMIn an interview with Texas governor Rick Perry, MSNBC’s political correspondent, Kasie Hunt, posed a question that many Americans are asking, “are you smart enough to be president?”

“Running for the presidency’s not an IQ test. It is a test of an individual’s resolve. It’s a test of an individual’s philosophy. It’s a test of an individual’s life’s experiences,” responded the 2012 presidential candidate during the interview at the governor’s mansion. ”And I think Americans are really ready for a leader that will give them a great hope about the future.”

Perry, whose governorship will expire at the end of the year, is contemplating a possible 2016 run.

Watch the interview via MSNBC.

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Cable Networks, PBS, Telelmundo, and Univision Broadcasting Obama Address Live

PBS NewsHourWith the major networks apparently too busy tonight with The Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy and The Biggest Loser, only PBS, Telemundo, Univision and the cable networks (CNN, MSNBC and Fox News) will be broadcasting President Barack Obama‘s speech on immigration live at 8 pm ET.

In addition to a special 8 pm broadcast of the President’s primetime address, PBS NewsHour will livestream the speech with commentary from New York Times columnist David Brooks and The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne.

Watch live in the box below. Enjoy.


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Bachmann tells WaPo: Immigrants Given New Protections May Become ‘illiterate’ Democratic Voters

Twitter exploded today when, according to Robert CostaMichele Bachmann told The Washington Post that immigrants given new protections by President Obama may become “illiterate” Democratic voters. Costa shared Bachmann’s comments tweeting:

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Jake Tapper to GOP Senator on Climate Change: ‘What are you talking about?’

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On his show Wednesday night, CNN’s Jake Tapper discussed the new deal struck between the U.S. and China to reduce carbon emissions with Senator James Inhofe (R-OK). Inhofe, the likely new chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, unsurprisingly bashed the agreement.

Jake started off by asking the senator, “You say you’re against this plan because you think China is getting off too easy and because you simply don’t believe China will do enough to reduce its carbon footprint. But is that really your issue with the deal? I thought you didn’t think carbon emissions were a problem?”

“No, I don’t think so. In fact, science has totally changed since 2001,” responded Inhofe, not citing the science that had ‘changed,’ “Back then, everything was global warming and we’re all going to die and all that, and then as we realized, Jake, what the cost was going to be.”

Later, Tapper would redirect the discussion back to climate change itself, ”Without getting into remedies, let’s just talk about manmade climate change itself.  There is a scientific consensus overwhelming that climate change is real, that at least partly manmade, that some action must be taken. You’ve called it a conspiracy. What are you talking about?”

Inhofe replied that the notion that the “science is settled and the overwhelming scientific analysis comes to that conclusion” is “just not correct.” The senator went on to claim that there were “not hundreds, but thousands of scientists” who disagree.

Tapper would eventually move on, but not before reiterating, ”Well, the overwhelming majority of scientists disagree with you, but I do want to move on to one other topic in the news.”

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Fishbowl Five with FOX News Channel’s ‘Campaign Carl’

BUMP_300DPI_CARL_CAMERONAhead of tomorrow’s midterm elections, FishbowlDC’s latest five question and answer series is with FOX News Channel’s chief political correspondent Carl Cameron.

Cameron has reported on every major election for FNC since he joined the network in 1996, earning him the nickname “Campaign Carl.” Since 1988, his coverage of presidential candidates runs the gamut, from President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), to former President George Bush and former President Bill Clinton. He also served as the network’s chief White House correspondent from 2004 – 06.

On Tuesday, Cameron will report from Kentucky for the network’s coverage of the midterm elections, starting at 6 pm with Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly in the anchor chairs.

In the meantime, check out our latest FishbowlDC Five with FOX News Channel’s ‘Campaign Carl.’

 

FishbowlDC: What has been the most surprising story you’ve covered on an election night?

Carl Cameron: “Election night upsets are always surprising. This year’s primary ousting of former House Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor was a stunner. Republican Scott Brown’s 2010 special election victory to fill the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in liberal Massachusetts is another example. The all-time winner to-date of course is the 2000 election recount and all that followed.”

 

FishbowlDC: What are your plans while on the ground in Kentucky tomorrow, November 4th? Read more

Mark Halperin, John Heilemann to Anchor Bloomberg Politics Election Night Coverage

Screen-Shot-2014-10-07-at-09.52.16Bloomberg Politics has solidified its plans for the November 4th midterm election night coverage on Bloomberg TV with its “With All Due Respect” hosts at the helm.

“WADR” hosts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will present a special hour long edition of the program starting at 5 pm focused on that day’s elections. Then starting at 7 pm, Halperin and Heilemann will lead election coverage – based in New York – with correspondents reporting from DC, Colorado, and Kentucky.

Panelists including Bloomberg View’s Al Hunt, Alfano Communications’ Kim Alfano, Global Strategy Group’s Bill Burton, Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen, 2008 Obama campaign senior adviser Patti Solis Doyle, Republican strategist Fred Davis, former White House comms director Anita Dunn, Glover Park Group’s Michael Feldman, former Sen. John Sununu, and Selzer & Co’s J. Ann Selzer will appear throughout the evening.

Coverage will also extend to an “Election Night dashboard” on BloombergPolitics.com, comprising a Bloomberg TV livestream, website coverage, and real-time election data.

Brian Williams to Anchor Election Night Coverage on NBC News

brian-williams-dnc-300x168NBC News has announced its Tuesday, November 4 midterm election night coverage plans, to be led by Brian Williams.

The “NBC Nightly News” anchor will host two live primetime hours from 10-11 pm ET and later from 10-11 pm Pacific Time. The network will extend its coverage during the 11 pm ET hour online at NBCNews.com, with special reports online and in broadcast throughout the night.

Joining Williams in coverage of the evening will be “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck ToddAndrea Mitchell; “TODAY” co-host Tamron HallTom Brokaw; “Morning Joe’s” Joe Scarborough; senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing; national correspondent Peter Alexander; Capitol Hill correspondent Kelly O’Donnell; and correspondents Ron Mott and Luke Russert. Coverage will also include an exclusive interview with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and commentary from former White House senior adviser David Axelrod and ”Noticiero Telemundo” anchor Jose Diaz-Balart.

WATCH: ‘Bills and Brews’ with NC Senate Candidate Sean Haugh

In the latest installment of “Bills and Brews,” host Matt Laslo recently sat down with Sean Haugh, the Libertarian third candidate in the North Carolina Senate race between incumbent Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis (R).

Among the topics discussed were Haugh’s first experience drinking beer at five years old, attending and imbibing in Tulsa bars at the age of 15, his support for the legalization of all drugs including heroin, and marijuana use while running for Senate.

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ICYMI – Bloomberg Politics’ Look at Partisanship Among NFL Fan Bases

1406585455318Bloomberg Politics released the partisan findings of every NFL team’s fan base in collaboration with analytics firm Resonate.

Joshua Green writes in his latest piece “The NFL’s Most Republican and Democratic Fan Bases:”

“To measure the partisanship of a team’s fan base, Resonate looked at the stated party affiliation and vote propensity of people in congressional districts that lie within a team’s “designated market area”—essentially its local television market.”

“But, surprisingly, the stereotypical NFL fan is a bellowing, beer-drinking white male in a jersey and face paint—i.e., a Republican—yet the number of ‘Democratic’ teams exceeds the number of ‘Republican’ teams by almost 2-to-1.”

While the fan bases of NFL teams in Phoenix, Dallas, New Orleans, and Jacksonville, Fla. leaned Republican, those in Seattle, San Francisco/Oakland, Chicago, New York, and Miami were generally Democratic.

For more on the findings, click here.

Pollsters Predict November Elections at Story Partners’ Election 2014: Pollster Preview

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Amy Walters, Christina Bellantoni, Michael Bloomfield, and Whit Ayres

Gloria Story Dittus hosted Story Partners’ Election 2014: Pollster Preview at her home Wednesday night, a conversation on the upcoming midterm elections. Roll Call editor-in-chief Christina Bellantoni moderated a discussion between Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter, North Star Opinion Research’s Whit Ayres; and The Mellman Group’s Michael Bloomfield.

Walter, Ayers, and Bloomfield discussed specific Congressional races, offered their predictions, and answered questions posed by quests.

In attendance: CBS News’ Nancy Cordes; POLITICO’s Lauren French; CNN’s Katie Hinman; WaPo’s Paul KaneTIME’s Alex Rogers; Google’s Rob Saliterman; Amazon’s Steve Hartell; PhRMA’s Robert Zirkelbach; WellPoint’s Katie Zirkelbach; Exxon’s Jeanne Mitchell; Arch Coal’s Tom Altmeyer; Hogan Lovells’ Mike House; the U.S. Chamber’s Andrew Kovalcin; Southern Company’s Jeanne Wolak; NAPTP’s Mary Lyman; Missy Edwards of Missy Edwards Strategies; Cove Strategies’s Stephen Replogle; Tim Peckinpaugh of K&L Gates, API’s Eric Wohlschlegel; Greg Staley of U.S. Travel, SIFMA’s Lenwood Brooks and Carol Danko; and Story Partners’ Amos Snead, Andrew Fimka, Cameron Coursen, Gabrielle Beaumont, Lauren Culbertson, Patrick O’Connor, Grigsby Crawford and Olivia McDonald.

[Photo by Ben Droz]

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