Guests on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” included Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; and Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.; ABC News’ George Will; Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz.; Democratic strategist and ABC News contributor Donna Brazile; NPR “Morning Edition” host Steve Inskeep; and New Republic owner and publisher Chris Hughes, who interviewed President Obama for an Oval Office exclusive hitting newsstands next week.
WILL: Let me give you an example. No Child Left Behind said we’re going to have 100 percent proficiency by 2014 in reading and math. And the scary thing is we might, because the only way we’ll get there is by dumbing down the standards, which is actually underway. The question is, will we change the physical fitness requirements so that we don’t have a disparate impact? Are we going to gender-norm the requirements? Give you an example…You’re 6’4″, 240-pound Marine, and you’re injured, and you need a Marine next to you to carry you back to safety, and the Marine next to you is a 5’4″ woman who weighs 115 pounds. It’s relevant.
More notable comments made Sunday are below:
Menendez avoids commenting on if Booker ‘deserves a spanking’ for coveting Sen. Lautenberg’s seat
RADDATZ: In your home state between Newark Mayor Cory Booker and 89-year-old Senator Frank Lautenberg, who basically suggested this week that Booker deserved a spanking because he was coveting his seat. Do you agree with that? Should Cory Booker be making moves now?
MENENDEZ: You know, that election is next year. And all of the back-and-forth now is something I’m really not focused on.
RADDATZ: Is Booker being disrespectful?
MENENDEZ: You know, that’s a question for Senator Lautenberg and Mayor Booker
Inskeep thinks some Republicans are worried they are on ‘the wrong side of history’
INSKEEP: I think there are Republicans who are concerned that they’re on the wrong side of history, which is why there is talk about changing immigration laws, for example, and you have Republicans pushing to find new ways to reach new constituencies and deal with the demographic problems that the Republican Party has.
Schweikert labels fellow GOP members as ‘accountants’ with a storytelling problem
SCHWEIKERT: We may need to change the way we tell our story…The fact of the matter is we have a problem as a party. I believe we tell the truth, I actually believe we’re much more analytical. We’re accountants. Sometimes though, being an accountant doesn’t pull the heartstrings. It doesn’t tell a story.
Hughes questions the President’s ‘capacity to lead the country’ on major reform
HUGHES: It was very clear the president thinks that the American people are on his side when it comes to immigration, when it comes to gun control, when it comes to fiscal issues, and he thinks that the Republican Party is increasingly extreme. The question is, is — is his capacity to lead the country and to organize people behind that. And whether or not he’s able to do so is a difficult one which we’ll only answer in time.