Below you can find some of the notable comments made Sunday on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” Our powerhouse roundtable guests included former Obama White House Green Jobs Adviser and co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire” Van Jones; former Bush White House Press Secretary Dana Perino, a Fox News contributor and co-host of Fox News Channel’s “The Five”; ABC News’ Cokie Roberts; ABC News Political Analyst and Special Correspondent Matthew Dowd; ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl; and ABC News Senior Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas.
JONES: But here’s what’s interesting to me, I’ve watched Liz Cheney. I don’t think she’s big on potholes in Wyoming. I don’t think this about the people of Wyoming. I don’t think she’s about the Republican Party that much because she’s going to get a net zero increase in Republicans if she wins. I think she’s running for president. I think this is about the Cheney brand. I think she’s running for president in 2020. And I hope the people in Wyoming have enough sense to know when they’re being used.
Dowd says President Obama ‘gives a great speech,’ but isn’t doing enough to bridge divides
DOWD: But we do have an urban problem, and we do have a problem in this country where everybody is dividing by many different things. They’re dividing by race, they’re dividing by income, they’re dividing by age, and that has gone on throughout this country. The president understood this when he ran in 2008. I thought the president – I thought he spoke very well about it. He hasn’t done much about it to bridge those divides, he gives a great speech. He hasn’t done well.
Thomas concerned that Americans in major cities have been forgotten
THOMAS: And the country is growing in terms of race relations, but going back to those urban corridors, major cities across the country, there’s a group of people that have been largely forgotten. Period.
Perino says Republicans didn’t cave in with Richard Cordray nomination
KARL: But this deal on nominations, it was a complete cave in by Republicans.
PERINO: I disagree.
KARL: This was, the Republicans spent two years blocking the nomination of Richard Cordray to run that consumer protection bureau. They were adamant that this was not going to happen unless there were changes to the law, changes to how that bureau was put together. Harry Reid promised to go nuclear. They really thought he was going to do it.
PERINO: They wanted two of those nominees – the ones that were considered illegal appointees – they wanted them pulled. They got those two pulled. If for every compromise you define it as a loss for yourselves, then you’re always going to be losing in America.
Dowd says it’s telling that Cruz admires painting of himself on Supreme Court floor
DOWD: Ted Cruz is a very smart guy, a very ambitious guy… One of the most telling things, that I learned about Ted Cruz in that work and what came out across in your piece is when he’s looking at a painting of himself before the Supreme Court. And he says, I look at this painting of myself before the Supreme Court and I’m humbled by it. (LAUGHTER) It’s a very telling sign.
Rhaina Cohen contributed to this report.