John Kerry – Secretary of State
Sen. Rand Paul - (R-KY)
Bill de Blasio – Mayor of New York (D)
– Mayor of Baltimore (D)
Maria Hinojosa – NPR Latino USA
David Brooks – NYT
Todd: OMG Hillary Clinton is
running for President!
Audience: omg omg omg
Todd: she is announcing via
twitter like a social media boss!
Todd: Hillary Clinton's biggest
opponent is Hillary Clinton
Audience: damn she's a tough one
Axelrod: she had an attitude of
entitlement in 2008 and it backfired
Todd: now she will be humble like
in 2000 when she had a listening tour
Dunn: she has to show her human side
Todd: it's hard to create a first
impression for the 20th time
Todd: she's been in the
public eye for 20 years
Axelrod: okay you're 'Ready for Hillary'
but what are you ready for?
Advisor: the middle class?
[ break ]
Todd: welcome Mayor
de Blasio: greetings from
the Big Apple Charles
Todd: you ran her campaign
in 2000 – how does Hillary win?
de Blasio: she has to go out
and listen to ordinary people
Todd: you want to push
her to the left don't you?
de Blasio: we've got the worst income
inequality since the Great Depression
Todd: is that right?
de Blasio: you can't just talk
about it– you've got to pledge
to tax the wealthy to pay for more
bridges the wealthy drive over
Todd: what is her big idea?
de Blasio: she has time to present her vision
Todd: what do you suggest?
de Blasio: since 2008 we've had
an economic crisis and a recovery
benefiting the richest Americans
Todd: Rand Paul says Hillary
caused the recession in 2007
de Blasio: Rand Paul is an idiot
Todd: that's true
de Blasio: Democrats need to
boldly push a progressive vision!
Todd: so you say
de Blasio: progressives are
demanding economic change
Todd: go on Bill
de Blasio: we need more
benefits for poor people!
Todd: are you endorsing her
or are you waiting?
de Blasio: I want to see a bold
Todd: thanks for coming
de Blasio: you too Todd
[ break ]
Todd: wow even de Blasio
won't endorse her!
Hinojosa: you see activists want
to push her to the left
Hinojosa: she's at her best
when no one is watching
Todd: people don't think she's
honest or trustworthy
Brooks: the most important
quality in a politician is imagination
which she doesn't have
Todd: are you sure you're not
thinking of New York Times columnists?
Brooks: that could be
Todd: she's very cautious
Rawlings-Blake: don't read too
much into de Blasio's comments
Todd: Republicans are
campaigning on lost e-mails
Hewitt: they're mad because
she's moving in on their turf
Todd: are the Republicans too obsessed
with inventing Clinton scandals?
Hewitt: no! She put condoms on
the White House Christmas tree!
Todd: right I forgot
Hewitt: Clinton has never been vetted!
No one knows anything about her!
Where did she even come from?
Was she born in America?
Todd: calm down Hugh
Brooks: Hillary Clinton needs to
reach out to stupid white people
Todd: you mean she should read your column
Todd: thanks for coming all
[ break ]
Todd: welcome Secretary Kerry
Kerry: morning Todd
Kerry: did you recommend taking
Cuba off the list of sponsors of terror?
Kerry: sure – Cuba is a lovely place
Kerry: how can you trust Iran
when they sponsor terrorism?
Todd: we don't trust Iran
Todd: you don't?
Kerry: this agreement is based on verification
Todd: oh all right
Kerry: this agreement will prevent
Iran from getting a nuclear bomb
without starting a war
Todd: how disappointing
Kerry: we will shut off all their
abilities to build a nuclear bomb
Todd: the Ayatollah says
America is lying about the agreement
Kerry: well he's wrong
Todd: why would he lie?
Kerry: to spin for the Iran hard liners
Kerry: even the Russians
are backing us up on this!
Todd: oh well never mind then
Kerry: I stand by my version of the agreement
Todd: well okay but if the other
side disagrees you don't really
have an agreement do you?
Kerry: if we don't get a good
deal we will walk away
Todd: got it
Kerry: but we can't have Congress
nitpicking this to death
Todd: does Hillary need a tough
primary or is a coronation a good thing?
Kerry: I like Hillary but I'm
out of politics Chuck
[ break ]
Todd: how would tv been forced to
cover the Walter Scott shooting without video
Fake Report: police say a cop was forced
to shoot and kill a driver who gained control
of his taser and cops delivered CPR and
it's sad but Walter Scott had a long rap
sheet so he had it coming
Todd: that's the only way we could have
covered the story because we are required
by law to repeat the police version
of events unquestioningly
Todd: this cold-blooded killing
shows the importance of cameras on cops
Rawlings-Blake: covering up
murder is a bad thing Charles
Todd: with body cameras on cops
complaints against are down 80%
Hewitt: look at the movie Furious 7
– do we really want police filming stuff?
Todd: plus cameras are so expensive!
Hinojosa: the kid who filmed the
murder was dismissed by the police
Todd: we all want to trust cops
Hinojosa: well we all want a revolution
but that's not going to happen either
Todd: David you're an expert on policing
Brooks: my slogan is if your mom
tells you she loves you check it
Todd: I'd say that's especially
good advice in your case
Brooks: I don't trust cops
Todd: I'm sure the feeling is mutual
Brooks: cameras can be abused
– what about filming domestic violence?
Todd: also it's a Fourth Amendment
issue which I know nothing about
[ break ]
Todd: omg poor people pay a
higher percentage of their income
in taxes than rich people do
Todd: rich people pay 2% taxes
in Florida and Wyoming
Rich People: why so much?
[ break ]
Todd: welcome Senator Paul
Paul: hi Todd
Todd: which country poses
the biggest threat to America?
Paul: Iran but also North Korea
and also Pakistan and also Red Sox nation
Todd: good list
Paul: also Russia – we once had
hopes for them but then they invaded
Crimea which is terrible because
I had to look it up on a map
Todd: you don't want to invade
the whole Middle East – why is that?
Paul: before we invade the whole
region we should think before we act
Todd: what an odd notion
Paul: every time we topple a dictator
chaos ensues and we empower radicals
Todd: which is more important –
bombing Iran or ISIS?
Paul: why not both?
Todd: yeah but no one is talking
about bombing ISIS
Paul: I attached a declaration of
war against ISIS to a water bill
Todd: you're a wily one
Paul: I'm still pushing for war!
Todd: well good for you
Paul: if Obama wanted to be a uniter
he would have gone to Congress and
begged them to let him kill ISIS
Todd: would you nullify the Iran
deal as President?
Paul: Iran doesn't seem to think
what the agreement is what Kerry says it is
Todd: but what about the
agreement as described?
Paul: I don't reject it just because
Obama did it or negotiated with Iran
Todd: that's unusual
Paul: sure Reagan negotiated
with the Soviets after all
Todd: true enough
Paul: but we don't even know
what the agreement really is now
Todd: you once said if GOP didn't
nominate your dad it was headed for oblivion
Paul: that may still be true
Todd: where do you disagree with your dad
Paul: oh come on
Todd: indulge me
Paul: we both believe in a strong defense
and less intervention and we both oppose civil rights laws
Todd: you a lot of fights with reporters
Paul: I need my coffee
Todd: you're not a morning person?
Paul: no I'm a surgeon
Todd: don't cut me doc
Paul: look I'm a doctor
and I like direct questions
Todd: ok how's this – are you crazy?
Paul: I don't like it when reporters
ask about my opinions
Todd: welcome to politics Rand
Paul: piss off Chucky
Todd: you bring up Hillary Clinton's
past but you run away from your own past
Paul: Clinton supports Saudi Arabia
which represses women which is just terrible
Todd: so when you're President Saudi
Arabia will no longer be an ally?!
Paul: no no no – I'm talking about when
Hillary Clinton should not not what I should do
Todd: you're the anti-Washington
candidate but you're running for Senate
and President at the same time
Paul: you gotta cover your bases Ted
[ break ]
Todd: OMG Bill Clinton
could be the First Husband!
Blake-Rawlings: we need more Bill Clinton!
Hewitt: Rand Paul is man of great integrity
and Bill and Hillary are criminals
Brooks: Clinton is my personal hero
for taking down Sister Soujah before
could she took over America
Todd: does Hillary Clinton have
that 'not so fresh' feeling?
Hinojosa: you telling a women she's
expired and useless and incur the
wrath of women everywhere Carlos
Hewitt: yes but people hate Hillary
Todd: young people don't even remember
her lesbian affair with Vince Foster
Blake-Rawlings: good point
Todd: I am wearing purple
socks in honor of Bob Schieffer
Todd: and that's another
episode of Meet The Press