The Daily Rundown | February 12, 2013
>>> republicans are preparing a pair of responses to the state of the union address with the senator set to deliver the fashl response in english and spanish and kentucky senator rand paul giving the tea party response. will they pull republicans or amplify tensions between the tea party and the establishment? congressman kevin mccarthy . this is not the first time we had the official response and a tea party response. your colleague has given one as well. is this the wrong message for a party who needs to unite for who need to com pat president obama ?
>> you are hearing for popular senators that expand the view of the republican party and gives you more libertarian view which i think our party needs to embrace. marco rubio expands beyond the republican edge station and you will see the majority of americans grate with both of them. that's the first and a good start.
>> hour important is it, much has been made with president obama on one side and since john boehner struggled, there is not a republican foil. is marco rubio the best republican foil for president obama for your party going forward?
>> i think we have a lot of people who can stand up to the president. don't under estimate this house. i listened before. this is the second largest majority . larger than any majority . we are very unite and we have governors across the nation more than the past. we have a strong house and a strong senate that i believe in the next election can take the majority .
>> where do you move forward specifically? in the last couple of months, we have seen them back away on debt ceiling. you postponed that. where do you go? it appears that president obama has the upper hand. seems like republicans are moving in the direction of the path of citizenship. that's around if your district. what specifically are you united behind that differentiates you from the president and can get past both through the republican house which i'm sure you can do, but through the senate and signed by the president of the united states ?
>> the number one priority is the budget. if i that r they don't pass a budget, they won't be paid. the house laid out a plan to balance the budget which we will do in the next years am i wish the white house would put the same pressure behind the senate democrats . they haven't been introduced yet and the ceo will be at the state of the union . this is the first and foremost thing we can do is get a budget passed. the republicans are strong and that sets a plan to put us on a path to agreeing this economy.
>> the economy is the largest issue that the american public cares the most about. an emotional issue that has a touch stone in my home state of connecticut with the shooting tragedy there. there will be gabrielle giffords and a colleague of yours. ted nugent is outspoken in favor of gun rights . is that sending the wrong message to bring someone like what that who made statements in politics? is that the wrong message on an issue that is as emotional and raw as this one is?
>> i find that emotion is strong and people across america have different views on this. there is a second amendment view ha is strong as well. as we move forward, we will take it as the founders said and go through committee and find what is best to protect america and individual rights .
>> let me ask you quickly. is it the right course for republicans to only consider a gun bill that has a support of the majority of the majority of republicans in the house. should that be the right next step moving forward?
>> i look forward to looking at all the pieces of legislation. i would be interested in seeing what gets out of the senate and the democrats who talk about disagreement with their own democrats. when you talk about a split, the democrats are split and it will be interesting to see what comes out.
>> let's say something comes out. even if it didn't have the majority , is that because of the centrality of the issue and the desire for something to happen. do we need to pass some sort of gun control measure in this congress?
>> i think the thing is let's look through the committee. there a lot of things we need to do with mental health . that's something we have in the house that we have been working on right now. we have a member assigned to it as well. we will be taking this up as the structure is before us of how to deal with legislation.
>> kevin carthy of california, i know it's a busy day.
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