David Plouffe - White House advisor
Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN)
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
Amanpour: this week’s epic budget fight was puny compared to Budgetgeddon!!
Amanpour: the President wanted to increase spending and then he cut $38 billion
Plouffe: yes but we need to reduce the debt while increasing spending by decreasing spending
Amanpour: so why did Obama take a victory lap?
Plouffe: who doesn’t love a firm fiscal trajectory?
Amanpour: so are the cuts draconian or historic?
Plouffe: both - the agreement is Historically Draconican
Amanpour: I see
Plouffe: we protected cancer research and Head Start
Amanpour: Economists have said cuts will cause another recession
Plouffe: tell that to the GOP
Amanpour: Does Obama has the stomach for another big fight?
Plouffe: we’re bringing spending to its lowest level since Dwight Eisenhower - we’re Winning Back to the Future!
Amanpour: what is Obama’s plan for making Republicans and Democrats agree on something
Plouffe: Jedi mind tricks
Amanpour: can Obama really do that
Plouffe: hey we all came together to cut taxes for the rich
Amanpour: Anthony Weiner just tweeted: we need our own agenda #fuckyourepublicans
Plouffe: Obama is driving the agenda on cuts - what spending we should cut and what also taxes we should cut
Amanpour: good for him
Plouffe: we’re giving the wealthy a massive tax break - that’s a choice
Amanpour: Donald Trump thinks Obama is a Kenyan spear thrower
Plouffe: didn’t the Bronx Zoo Cobra dispatch this asshole
Donovan: Paul Ryan wants to cut $6 trillion - he’s so adorable
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Pence: the Dems want to borrow money from China to abort babies!
Reid: the GOP would shut down the government to hurt women’s health!
Amanpour: you are a Tea Party guy - can you vote for this bill?
Pence: we fought the good fight
Amanpour: yes or no
Pence: no - but poor Boehner was assaulted by Obama and his abortion friends
Van Hollen: no one has any idea what is in this bill
Van Hollen: Mike Pence wanted to shut down the government over contraception
Van Hollen: they don’t want to create jobs - just give tax breaks to the rich
Amanpour: so will this budget agreement pass?
Van Hollen: they took us the brink of disaster to impose their religious beliefs on everyone else
Pence: it’s nonsense to say the Tea Party wanted to shut down the government - the bottom line is Obama loves abortion
Amanpour: how is abortion a budgetary issue?
Pence: I’m pro-life and I don’t apologize for it
Amanpour: so I see
Pence: Planed Parenthood gives my tax dollars for abortion and the Lord God intended U.S. tax dollars to be given to failed Wall Street executives
Amanpour: will vote to increase the debt ceiling?
Van Hollen: playing chicken with the debt is incredibly dangerous
Pence: that makes it cool! It’s Extreme Budgeting!
Van Hollen: Paul Ryan ends Medicare and puts the burden on old people while giving money away to the rich
Pence: true but if you’re 55 or older you’re safe and if you’re under 55 you will have the wonderful opportunity to experience a free market in health care
Van Hollen: good luck with that
Pence: we want to give people the same health care as Congress
Van Hollen: [ bursts out laughing ]
Amanpour: thanks for coming