Coming up Sunday on This Week with Martha Raddatz – John Boehner
A first taste – Boehner told Raddatz that he could not envision a situation where his views would shift on same-sex marriage – even if one of his children came out as gay.
“Rob’s a great friend and a long-time ally. And I appreciate that he’s decided to change his views on this,” Boehner said. “I believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman…It’s– it’s what I grew up with. It’s what I believe. It’s what my church teaches me. And I can’t imagine that position would ever change.” http://abcn.ws/ZcAqa1
Bill Clinton Celebrates with Louisville (Doesn’t Ashley Judd root for Kentucky?) - http://abcn.ws/ZO520t
Grab Bag of Interesting Things From the States –
North Dakota bill would ban abortion after heartbeat is found – 6 weeks – http://abcn.ws/16y6M3c
Maryland outlaws death penalty – http://abcn.ws/13Y5m2g
California judge rejects National Security Letters – http://bit.ly/12X7OH9
Colorado passes new background checks – http://abcn.ws/141gFaq
US Will Add Missile Interceptors as Response to North Korea – http://abcn.ws/XGKMSK
Other Politicians Who Have Changed Positions on Same-Sex Marriage – http://abcn.ws/XdyDPx
Rob Portman and the Same-Sex Marriage Tipping Point- Sen. Rob Portman’s public and carefully choreographed endorsement of gay marriage is something of an anomaly, at least among Republicans. He’s the third Republican now sitting in federal office to endorse same-sex marriage. More than 100 high-profile Republicans recently urged the Supreme Court to strike down California’s Prop. 8 and allow gay marriage in that state. But only two of them – Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla. – are in federal elective office. If Republicans are going to keep pace with public opinion, he won’t be the last.
After years of states’ passing constitutional bans prohibiting gay marriage, public opinion has shifted and if a conservative lawmaker from a state whose same-sex marriage ban helped hand George W. Bush a second term can support same sex-marriage, it means the floodgates are opening. Even Foster Friess, the GOP megadonor who backed Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign, has evolved on the issue. Santorum, not so much. http://abcn.ws/ZG1fRA
Flashback – When Will Same Sex Marriage Be Irrelevant? - Jonathan Karl asked Cheney in July whether gay marriage would be a relevant issue in the future. ”I don’t know that it’s relevant now. You know?” Cheney said.
How Other Republicans are Shifting - Certainly there will be social conservatives still loudly opposing same-sex marriage in the party. But it is worth noting that even as their personal opinions differ, Rubio’s policy position is not unlike what President Obama’s was when he personally endorsed gay marriage in May of 2012. Obama said then that there was a healthy debate on the issue going on in the states. http://abcn.ws/ZG1fRA
Can the Base be Moved? Fusion’s Jordan Fabian -http://abcn.ws/Xd3rzS
Meanwhile, Back at CPAC – Mitt Romney Admits Mistakes – In his first public speech since losing the presidential election, a humbled Mitt Romney addressed a crowd of conservatives who supported his 2012 campaign and told them his loss “prepared” them for “larger victories” ahead. He avoided the hot button issues of the day – http://abcn.ws/ZuRF5G (Walshe)
What Mitt Romney Didn’t Mention - Mea Culpa, Obama, What’s Next, The Issues, No Joke, Naming Names – http://abcn.ws/YwZuoY
Catch up on all things CPAC here – http://abcn.ws/Wfirkx
- Costumes Make a Political Point http://abcn.ws/YyznB3
- Nikki Haley Vows No Medicaid Expansion in South Carolina – http://abcn.ws/WM66pi
- LaPierre Wonders if White House has Lost Its Mind – http://abcn.ws/156lafA
- The Portman Effect - http://abcn.ws/Yg0leo
- Gay Republicans Find a Venue at CPAC – http://abcn.ws/Yg0tuA
- Young Conservatives on Gay Marriage – http://abcn.ws/WMb4Cl
Five Questions at CPAC – Welcome to Five Questions at CPAC. We asked the same five questions to five people at the conservative confab. Questions cover immigration reform, why Mitt Romney lost the election, who would be the next Republican Presidential nominee, most threatening 2016 opponent and the future of the Tea Party. http://abcn.ws/13XKQPf (Shushannah Walshe)
Making Pills Less Snortable – A bill introduced in the House of Representatives would ban from circulation certain pharmaceuticals that could be easily abused as recreational drugs. The proposed legislation is aimed at variants of addictive painkillers and other oral medications. Reps. Bill Keating, D-Mass., and Hal Rogers, R-Ky., made the announcement at a news conference on Capitol Hill today. Keating said the legislation, if passed, would help curb a “silent epidemic” of prescription drug abuse. http://abcn.ws/WMkduL (Matthew Larotonda)
Paul Krugman: Paul Ryan ‘Gets Flimflammier Over Time’ – This Week we asked Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman to answer six questions about Rep. Paul Ryan, his always memorable verbal takedowns and where he keeps his Nobel medal. Read everything Krugman had to say. http://abcn.ws/140TBsg (Benjamin Bell)
Obama Promotes $2B Energy Research Fund- http://abcn.ws/15Rj45y
Obama to Start Fundraising for Dems April 3-President Obama assured Republicans this week that he’s not running a perpetual campaign, that “I actually just want to govern, at least for a couple years.” But now it appears that Obama’s self-described hiatus from the campaign trail will only last another three weeks. http://abcn.ws/10WjMzj (Devin Dwyer)
Obama: Iran a Year Away From Nuclear Weapon- In an interview with Israeli TV ahead of his visit to the region next week, President Obama says he believes Iran is “over a year or so” away from being able to develop a nuclear weapon and that the U.S. will use “all options” to stop it.
http://abcn.ws/12VARLh (Devin Dwyer)