Friday Lightning Round: Sen. John Kerry nomination
Panel sums up this week's hot topics
- Duration 6:22
- Date Dec 21, 2012
Panel sums up this week's hot topics
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I'm very proud to announce my choice for America's next secretary of state.
I think it's fair to say that few individuals.
Know as many presidents and prime minister is.
Or grass or foreign policies as firmly as John Kerry and this makes him a perfect choice to guide American diplomacy in the years ahead.
President Obama earlier today busy day for him announcing John carries his nominee to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.
That kicks up the lightning round this Friday AB do you think he'll sail through for confirmation TSA dale and I think he's gonna work on the Ben -- problem because he doesn't want anything happens watch right and in how does he work on the -- -- problems.
I don't know it's a real question is going to be an early test for janitors tenure as secretary of state because Republicans are gonna demand answers and they should.
I think so we've.
Obviously security for these consulates around the world is going to be the big issue for Kerry.
Does he just say look give them everything they need he's got to work within a budget and obviously they were using local.
Law enforcement Charles because it was too expensive to send the Americans -- no longer after an incident like this where you lose your first ambassador.
In thirty years you'll get -- -- but he worked there will be anybody in congress who deny them a petty.
She realized for a lot of money and he'll get all of the security of this -- next topic in the lightning round the NRA gun control the debate in what to do about school shootings we -- -- the executive vice president of the NRA held a press conference today.
He said what needs to happen is there needs to be a law enforcement officer in every school across America let's pick it up from there.
What if when Adam -- has started shooting his way in this sandy hook elementary school last Friday.
He'd been confronted.
We -- at least admit.
That -- six little kids.
The 26 innocent lives.
Might have been spirit that date.
Now his proposal was met with duration for a number of quarters today but -- when you look at these lone wolf.
Massacres like this the people who -- never never really identified as being much of a threat are there different ways to stop it.
What he said today was laughable and his conservative allies in the congress are not gonna spend six billion dollars to provide arms.
Out personality every single school that's the definition of big government right there and we can't afford that is it gonna is gonna happen a movie theaters where you now get gunned down in the dark.
Or in a separate parking lot like it to happen in Tucson.
It's it really what what happens at that press conference didn't do gun advocates.
Any favors in fact it was like the old joke that Cheney was secretly on the payroll of the Democratic National Committee.
And the bush years he only.
Helped the gun control side with -- -- -- -- -- and hear from Mayor Bloomberg of New York City said about it today said it was a shameful of Asian crisis facing our country.
Quote they operative paranoid to still be -- vision of a more dangerous and violent America where everyone is armed and no place is safe.
Do you -- -- disparate.
Well I have to admit that I don't take very seriously that much that Mayor Bloomberg says because this is the guy who wants regulate every aspect of American life including our fountain drinks.
I'm having said that I was a little surprise that Wayne Lapierre spent as much time as he did.
Point to other potential reasons for the the crisis and if he had a solution should come out laid out his solution -- don't -- for a conversation about it.
And then moved on what also became clear today -- -- many of the people who were calling for a national conversation in which we would take in all sorts of different viewpoints and discussed them respectfully.
Didn't actually mean what they said.
Now doctor Krauthammer you have written extensively on this including a terrific column today.
What are your thoughts on this idea of an armed guard being sort of the last defense.
If a -- minister and coming to a school.
That is true but having AB is right there's an infinite number of soft targets in the country.
And you can't have a guarded every street corner which is essentially -- the NRA said.
So it's not a practical and I'm sure it's not -- -- idea either.
But the problem with the gun control side -- that unless you go the road of Australia which essentially disarm the population entirely.
Existing new weapons had to be turned it.
It's not to have any effect and that's never gonna happen in America with a Second Amendment and -- gun culture that goes back.
All the way to the founding noses -- rebels the solution.
I'm not sure that gun control do -- even -- I wouldn't opposing the legislation that would try it was but no hope.
Of success I think the one near where we can improve is we have very -- civil commitment laws it's extremely hard to commit.
The guy was the shooter in two -- everybody who knew me knew he was a grenade about to go off but you could lock him up until -- killed.
And there's obviously something that we can do if we change our laws on commitment.
Less lightning -- topic Chuck Hagel preemptive strike he apologized for comments he made about James Hormel before even becomes the nominee it's obviously trying to.
Get himself on some good ground among people in congress particularly Republicans -- with -- -- not sure we want him for secretary of defense.
What do you think -- after pulling the nomination of Susan rise.
Does the president have to push this yes he's gonna fight very hard and he cannot -- two people I mean it's just not -- Cheated on -- I think it becomes difficult for democratic senators to support -- even after this apology.
On gay issues -- said the things that he said we do you expect Republicans to oppose him John -- importantly said today that he would.
I think it's going to be a tough fight if the president -- tomorrow and Italy qualified Charles Kenny passed the political test.
Well I think there -- reasons why he should be design and one reason I think the Republicans who oppose him.
Is the current secretary of defense under Democrats who said that he would.
Not support the huge reductions of the cuts in the Pentagon that are contemplated it would hollow of the military -- is in favor that the Republicans won the -- defense.
Who destroyed and -- -- military I think not.
Thanks for joining us tonight folks have a great holiday we'll see you back on the other side of that.