Al Hunt joined Rick Perry at CPAC today, where the Texas governor had just finished delivering a rousing speech, exhorting the crowd to wage a “little rebellion” to devolve power to the states. Perry sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Hunt, to be aired later tonight on “Political Capital.” In it, he repeatedly declined to criticize Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and called for a secure-the-border-first approach to immigration reform.
He also said that he didn’t think Ted Nugent was being racist last month, when he called President Obama a mongrel:
HUNT: Ted Nugent recently called President Obama a mongrel You disassociate yourself from that remark.
PERRY: I’ve said he should apologize, which he did.
HUNT: Do you think it was racist?
PERRY: No, not at all.
HUNT: You don’t think that was a racist comment?
PERRY: I don’t think that was a racist – I don’t think it was – matter of fact, I don’t think it was as racist as what President Clinton said to Ted Kennedy trying to get him to help his wife in the ‘08 election when he said, “You know what, Ted? A few years back this guy was carrying our bags.” Did you ask if that was racist?
HUNT: I did.
PERRY: Good on you.
HUNT: But you don’t think some of the criticism of Barack Obama is not only ideological, but racist?
PERRY: I don’t. I don’t. I don’t.
Last night, POLITICO, Google and the Tory Burch Foundation kicked off the “Women Rule” series for 2014 at Zentan. The cocktail reception brought together participants from last year’s series and invited them to share their aspirations for the coming year. The event also featured Zentan’s Executive Chef Jennifer Nguyen, a contestant on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay.
The first “Women Rule” event is scheduled for late March in DC – more details are expected soon. The series will also host events in New York City and San Francisco this year, capping off with an end-of-year conference in Washington.
In attendance: CNN’s Brianna Keilar, Gloria Borger, Erin McPike, Michelle Jaconi, and Kristen Holmes; NBC’s Betsy Fischer Martin and Kasie Hunt; MSNBC’s Karen Finney; Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus: Larry King’s producer Carrie Stevenson; WJLA’s Autria Godfrey and Jummy Olabanji; Time’s Jay Newton Small; Yahoo’s Garance Franke-Ruta; InTheCapital’s Sophie Pyle; BitchesWhoBrunch.com’s Cori Sue Morris (since it’s the weekend, wa-la, bitcheswhobrunch.com!); Emily’s List’s Marcy Stech; SKDKnickerbocker’s Jill Zuckman; Kim Oates from the House Radio-TV Gallery; Brunswick Group’s Su-Lin Nichols; the White House’s Tara McGuinness; Corcoran’s Rachel Cothran; Komen’s Kiki Ryan; Kate Bake’s Katelyn Sornik; Tracy Sefl; Gloria Dittus; and Mindy Finn.
As well as sponsors, including POLITICO’s Kim Kingsley, Lois Romano, Beth Lester Sidhu, Christine Delargy, Jessie Niewold, and Peter Cherukuri; the new head of the Tory Burch Foundation Bari Mattes (her first week in the position!); and Google’s Jesse Suskin, Sam Smith and Mistique Cano.
Photos by Rod Lamkey Jr.
I’m so glad I’m not the editor. But actually, I’m very supportive of their desire to get a print product out. I actually always thought there should have been a print component to the digital Newsweek. A small print component. But it is very hard. The ship has sailed. It really is a hard thing to bring it back. However, I do wish them well because I want every magazine that is out there to survive.
In a pre-recorded interview on “Meet the Press” to air this Sunday, Cardinal Dolan of New York told David Gregory that he had no judgement for gay NFL player Michael Sam.
From the interview:
DAVID GREGORY: Michael Sam, from your home state, the football player, revealed that he was gay, first in the NFL. And you saw the celebration from the President, the First Lady, and they were saying what a courageous step that was. How did you view it?
CARDINAL DOLAN: Good for him. I would have no sense of judgment on him. God bless ya. I don’t think, look, the same bible that tells us that teaches us well about the virtues of chastity and the virtue of fidelity and marriage also tells us not to judge people. So I would say, “Bravo.”
Cardinal Dolan also said that Pope Francis would probably meet with victims of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, and that he “would be surprised if he did not.”
For the full interview, watch “Meet the Press” this Sunday.
Who’s on the public affairs shows this weekend? Glad you asked:
CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Guest Host Charlie Rose, Frmr VP Dick Cheney, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Frmr. Sec. of State James Baker, NYT‘s Peter Baker, Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, National Review‘s Rich Lowry, Margaret Brennan of CBS
Univision’s “Al Punto”: President Barack Obama, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Janet Murguia of the National Council of La Raza, Univision’s María Antonieta Collins, Mexican Ambassador to the United States Eduardo Medina Mora, Former President of Colombia Andrés Pastrana
CNN’s “State of the Union“: Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinkin, Lithuanian Ambassador to US Žygimantas Pavilionis, Estonian Ambassador to the US Marina Kaljurand, Frmr Gov. Charlie Crist (D-FL), AB Stoddard of The Hill, Ben Ferguson, Donna Brazile,
Atlantic Media Chairman and CEO David Bradley announced some big changes at the top of their Washington divisions today. The top-of-the-masthead shuffle is partly a response to the imminent departure of Bruce Gottlieb, who is currently serving as President of National Journal and General Council for Atlantic Media. He will be returning to his roots in policy and government affairs.
National Journal Chief Revenue Office Poppy MacDonald has been promoted to Publisher and Co-President of that publication. She will take on some of Gottlieb’s responsibilities, while continuing to lead NJ’s revenue line, as well as business development, marketing, and advertising. She will also oversee National Journal Live, the pub’s events business.
And NJ Editor-in-Chief Tim Grieve will share Presidential responsibility with MacDonald, adding Co-President to his title. He will be responsible for editorial strategy and new editorial products for the brand.
National Journal will also be grouped together with fellow Atlantic Media publication Government Executive under the unified leadership of Tim Hartman.
Hartman, current President of Government Executive Media Group (GEMG), has been named CEO of Atlantic Media’s Washington divisions. He will now add National Journal Group to his portfolio and continue to lead Government Executive as he has for the past two years. The GEMG umbrella also includes online publications Defense One and NextGov.
And finally, Deputy General Counsel Aretae Wyler will succeed Gottlieb as General Counsel of Atlantic Media. She will also continue to serve as Bradley’s chief of staff.
Tomorrow is International Women’s Day, and Oscar-winning actress Sally Field will be in town on behalf of the Vital Voices organization to promote mentoring among women leaders. Field will be leading the Global Mentoring Walk for Women in DC, an event which convenes established female leaders and emerging women leaders to walk in their communities. The walks are also held in 40 other countries around the world. The idea is to encourage women in these countries to help one another achieve their goals through conversations and mentoring, and to become a visible and influential part of their communities.
Vital Voices was founded by Hillary Clinton in 1997 to promote the advancement of women’s economic, political, and social status around the world. The Mentoring Walks have been ongoing for 8 years now. If you want to check out tomorrow’s walk with Sally Field, then head on down to The Mall at 8:30 AM.
“This Week” dominated the ratings this past Sunday for the second week in a row. ABC pulled in the most viewers overall and the most in the key 25-54 demographic -3.67 million and 1.28 million respectively. CBS’ “Face the Nation” came in second with 3.34 million total viewers, and NBC’s “Meet the Press” came in 3rd place with 3.19 million. ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox were all up in viewers compared to last week, amid much discussion of the crisis in the Ukraine, while Univision was down slightly.
Here’s more from our sister site, TVNewser:
The win was ABC’s first back-to-back win in total viewers in close to 16 years (since 4/19/98 and 4/26/98).
Compared to the same week last year, all of the networks are up in both ratings measurements, with “Al Punto” showing the most growth in total viewers, up +48%, and “This Week” showing the most growth in the demo, +51% in A25-54 viewers.
The numbers for March 2:
||“Face the Nation”||3.34M||953K|
|NBC||“Meet the Press”||3.19M||946K|
|FOX||“Fox News Sunday”||1.32M||416K|
“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 50% of the country.
From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today:
The Washington Post: Obama: Crimea secession vote is unconstitutional
USA Today: House OKs $1B in Ukraine aid
The Washington Times: No rebuke for you! House defeats Democrats’ attempt to chastise Issa
National Journal: Is Marco Rubio Becoming the Anti-Rand?
Washington City Paper: Mappers’ Delight
Washington Examiner: House overwhelmingly approves $1 billion Ukraine loan package