NewsNation | March 08, 2013
>>> welcome back. time now for the "news nation" political postscript. our first read team says a year from now we could look back an this first full week in march as being a pretty significant week in american politics . from the rand stand to the president's charm offensive, here's a peek back at what we witnessed.
>> i will speak today until the president responds and says, no, we won't kill americans in cafes. no we won't kill you in your bed at night. no, we won't drop bombs on restaurants.
>> if mr. paul wants to be taken seriously he needs to do more than pull political stupts that do more than fire you will kids in their college dorms. he needs to know what he's talking about.
>> to my republican colleagues, i don't remember any of you coming down here suggesting that president bush was going to kill anyone with a dren.
>> the government has no intention to carry out drone strikes in the united states . it's hard to imagine a situation in which that would occur.
>> i think it was good for the president to have that dinner.
>> interesting that this week we've gone 180. now he's going to after being office now over four years sitting down to talk to members. i think it's a sign, a hopeful sign.
>> i look at what's happening right now. i wish i were there. it kills me not to be there, not to be in the white house doing what needs to be done.
>> joining me now live nbc news senior political editor mark murray . my dinner partner for the evening. if you want me to bring you on more often. apparently that's all it takes is a nice little dinner, mark. but seriously, let's talk about the aftereffects of rand paul 's filibuster. he's referred to as wacko birds. it's serious but joking language. meaning john mccain is not holding back.
>> it shows the divide in republican party where you see the libertarian minded folks like rand paul and his father when he was running for president in 2008 and 2012 , versus some of the oldest hawks on defense and national security represented by john mccain . tamron , a reason why this week could be very interesting if rand paul decides to make a bid for the presidency in 2016 and i know it's a very long time until then, you will continue to see this type of divide and these fights within the republican party . being a hawk on national security and defense or do you take the path that rand paul ended up taking with the filibuster on drones?
>> there's a photograph in "the new york times" with john mccain and rand paul on the elevator ride after the blisters words of john mccain directed at rand paul . no warmth in that photograph to say the least but this is about several of these men who are looking at 2016 peeling away from the crowd and whatever way they can, mark.
>> yeah. i mean, we have seen over the last three months now in 2013 some of these republicans running for president starting to dip their toes in to the presidential waters. we saw with rand paul and the filibuster and received a tremendous amount of publicity and jeb bush with the book tour, the interviews with the new book on immigration and then rubio a month ago giving the state of the union response to president obama and put his mark on immigration reform so a lot of moving parts and long time to go and seeing the early movements, tamron , in the early republican presidential race .
>> big picture is the budget and deficit and the fiscal issues we're facing and you say when we look at this week a year from now this may be a significant week. looking ahe, just to next week, how will a lot of these moving parts play a role in what we see?
>> well, the president, again, meeting with republicans in the house and the senate addressing them. and he has started to embark on this charm offensive. of course, it comes after being unable to get a deal with republican tons so-called sequester budget cuts and there's been an inability now over the past two years to get this grand bar kin, almost been a holy grail for president obama , the latest movement to be able to get it and if he's able to achieve something in the summer, if there is a movement, if you get very, very close, we will look back on this week. the wining and dining with republicans and a fancy restaurant in d.c. and the lunch with paul ryan on thursday.
>> that's interestinging because you have others not as optimistic but moving ahead, cpac next week, as well. the president also i believe speaking on the day that mitt romney addressing the crowd at their conference. but how might or will we hear at cpac play a role? this is when the conservatives put down the hammer and hearing the heated rhetoric.
>> well, it's going to be an interesting thing for political reporters like me as i mentioned earlier. people are starting to dip their toes in the presidential waters and almost all of the people who would maybe be running for president in 2016 speaking. one very big exception, of course, is chris krity who wasn't invited to speak and then tamron seeing members of congress, the nra will have a very big focus and then there will be speeches by mitt romney and subpoena sarah palin , lots of headlines, i'm sure.
>> thank you. have a great weekend.
>> you too.