msnbc | March 17, 2013
>> first, though, today it's all about the budget. maryland democrat incongressman argues republicans are not the only ones proposing a balanced budget .
>> our projections show that the budget we will submit will actually balance. it will balance at the same time the republicans budget balanced last year, which is out in the future around 2040 .
>> meanwhile, republican congressman paul ryan defended his budget as a document of vision.
>> our budget encapsulates what we think is the right way to go. fundamental tax reform for economic growth. patient center care rhee placing obama care. a responsible balanced budget .
>> meanwhile, abc this week, house speaker john boehner says although they disagree, he trusts president obama . and i, as i've made very clear, have a very good relationship. we're open with each other. we're honest with each other. but we're trying to bridge some big differences.
>> so do up trust president obama ?
>> absolutely. firearms, flip-flops and flights to the middle east will all be part of what next week in washington will look like. lots to talk about. i want to get right to it. msnbc contributor goldie tailor of the goldie taylor project and david of the "the washington post ." good to see all of you. good story with the republicans rank, when ohio senator rob portman , want co-sponsor of doma, defense of marriage act , snu ports same-sex marriage citing his gay son. house speaker john boehner asked about his own stance this morning on abc. take a listen.
>> can you imagine yourself in a situation where you reversed your decision as portman has on gay marriage , if a child of yours you someone you loveed told you they were gay?
>> i believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. it's what i grew up with. it's what i believe. it's what my church teaches me. and i can't imagine that position would ever change.
>> david , what kind of effect will portman 's revelation have on the republican party , if any?
>> i think, craig, it's interesting. you saw president obama last year move forward on proclaiming his support for gay marriage and he said recently when he reiterated that, that the country is moving. i think senator portman the position as well, affected by his own family is another reflection of that. that said, i'm not sure it's going to make the biggest difference among the republican party . even though they're talking about the republicans want, you know, to expand their base to encapsulate broader sex in america, younger voters overwhelmingly support gay marriage , the younger voters, i think it's going to be still al bit of a slow walk for the republican party to do so. may they're going to move quickly on issues like immigration. so it's a powerful, personal sentiment but not sure it will make a big difference.
>> goldie , talk about the base david mentioned there. how important is the protection of traditional marriage to the gop base at this point?
>> i think it's really at the core. i think david is absolutely right about that. portman 's coming out on this issue won't necessarily impact the gop , except they may be wine is portman in a little white. at the end of the day , i came to the same kind of personal evolution as portman did, so i aren't that about him, but you've got to look at portman 's record, what else they in terns of not supporting lgbt people unless they adopt children, what he's done legislative there there in the senate. and that all, since he came out -- his son came out to him. so since then, he's continued the same kind of very, you know, unfortunate track prord on lgbt rights .
>> this everybody rugs you alluded to, what are you talking about there?
>> i had a child came out to me in her freshman year in college, and it took our family through a -- i'm an evangelical, raised for a one man, one woman marriage, and it took some real soul searching on my part so that i could not only embrace my child, but embrace, you know, her individual right, you know, to live out this country's -- this country's promise.
>> someone made a point me last night i think is worth sharing. the point essentially was, why should it take a congressman, or why should it take nip elected official having a gay child, or having a gay sister or gay brother? why should it take that to change their mind? if a congressman or any sort of elected official is supposed to be representing the interests of, you know, their constituents, why should it take that?
>> that's the difference between the conversation you just had with goldie and what is incumbent upon a senator. goldie i think, is sharing a part of her life. very interesting. i didn't know that. but goldie was ultimately talking about private policy of what she does with her family and the conversations they have. we expect something different from our politicians who are working on public policy . so it should make us skeptical, if the only way you get to somebody's dignity or respect as a public servant is by fey figuring out it's in your own broad interest or family. the republican party 's got to find a way to respect people's rights even when they don't look like them i. want to play another piece of sound, switching gears, and talk about someone rnc chairman says on cbs this morning. him talking about changing the campaign calendar for 2016 . take a listen, guys.
>> what i would personal want to do is, i would set a beginning dade, maybe january 1st , and the then i would set a new end date for the primary season. maybe the end of april. no later than mid-may. if you have your convention at the end of june or mid-july, you compress the primary process.
>> even mitt romney 's campaign has said have a such a long and -- battled members. really hurt him in the general election . what will shortening the primary process mean for republicans, david ?
>> well, craig, i think we all remember the primary process alluded to on the republican side . it wasn't the most glamorous of primaries. there was a lot of sort of misstatements i think, and i don't think the republican party was really proupd of itself, in the way they pick the candidate. although the establishment probably looked at mitt romney and eemerged the win perp had to spend a lot of money. couldn't spend it against obama until nominated in the nomination late in august, so that sort of was troubling for them, and the obama campaign spent a lot of money. didn't have toll worry about that. spent a lot of are money attacking romney. republicans will maybe speed it up next go-round.
>> shortening the primary process and limits debates is bad flus for cable news.
>> i think it's baz news for cable news, but not voters. voters deserve to see as much of these candidates as possible, and if that means a more prolongs period with more debate so we can hear nem all of their machinations, that's important. it's also important, because a primary strengthens the candidate. getting to the general election without a very strong primary is like showing up to the super bowl without playing the first half of the season. i think it's really important. what the gop really has to do, start fielding better candidates. start fielding credibility kpndkpnd. embracing that.