Below are some of the notable comments made Sunday on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” Guests included Budget Committee member Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chair and co-chair of the 2011 “Super Committee” on deficit reduction; Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., Republican member of the “Gang of Six” during last year’s debt ceiling debate and Vice Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence; Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren; Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill.; Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.; The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot; and The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel.
1. Chambliss doesn’t suggest Petraeus lied
CHAMBLISS: David Petraeus is a great leader, a great patriot, and he is a guy who has probably contributed more to the safety of the United States of America over the last decade than any single individual….And he led here by doing what he thought was the right thing.
2. Chambliss might call Petraeus to testify
CHAMBLISS: But at the end of the day, I would not rule out General Petraeus being called to testify. That still could happen at some point in time.
3. Murray suggests solution to fiscal crisis may be to restart negotiations next year
MURRAY:So if the Republicans will not agree with that, we will reach a point at the end of this year where all the tax cuts expire and we’ll start over next year. And whatever we do will be a tax cut for whatever package we put together. That may be the way to get past this.
4. Chambliss says entitlements are ‘choking us’
CHAMBLISS:What is choking our economy and what is choking the economy of Greece, and this is why I referred to it the way I did, even though it was a figure of speech, but, entitlements are choking us.
5. Rep. Edwards speculates Petraeus was forced to resign
REP. DONNA EDWARDS: I think he was actually required to resign, you can’t have that kind of infidelity come forward and raise national security concerns and intelligence concerns.
6. Gigot blames ‘flawed messenger’ for Republican presidential loss
GIGOT: I think this was more about a flawed messenger than a flawed message…But fundamentally, Mitt Romney never made the sale.
7. Schock calls for Republicans to take lead on immigration policy
SCHOCK: And I think it makes sense for Republicans to get out in front on immigration, because it’s a broke government program. And who better to fix a broken government program than the Republican party.
8. Vanden Heuvel says this was not a ‘status quo election’
VANDEN HEUVEL: This was not a status quo election, this was a decisive win for a different set of values
9. Van Susteren says ‘people of the states,’ not legislature, voted for same-sex marriage
VAN SUSTEREN: Well, what’s so significant about this is that it wasn’t a legislature, this was the people of the states speaking, that’s what’s so dramatically different than any of the state legislature.
10. Gigot predicts Supreme Court will overturn marijuana legalization initiatives
GIGOT: I think — if I look at Supreme Court precedence, I think that they will be overturned. I mean, it just conflicts with federal law.