Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ)
Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK)
Jim DeMint – Heritage Foundation
Robert Ford – Fmr. Amb. to Syria
Todd: OMG today is NFL day!!
Todd: also we're going to
elect a President next year!
Todd: Rick Perry is out and
Mike Huckabee wants to institute
selective Biblical law
Cruz: the GOP squishes are losers!
Jindal: Trump is an egomaniac!
Todd: Chris Christie is losing badly!
Todd: welcome loser
Christie: nice to be here Ted
Todd: GOP primary voters are
very angry about something
Christie: because the GOP congress
doesn't do anything!
Todd: and you will?
Christie: I've vetoed more tax
hikes than any Governor in history!
Todd: how nice for you
Christie: but I work with Democrats
in Jersey to attack school teachers
Todd: in New Jersey you
have high unemployment
and many credit downgrades
Christie: yes but I cut taxes
Todd: but your record sucks
Christie: but I cut taxes!
Todd: okay but your state
has no money and terrible credit
Christie: that's the fault of
public workers who keep insisting
they should be allowed to retire
Todd: how selfish of them
Christie: if we didn't have to
pay people for their work things
would be great in my state
Todd: but you do have to
pay people for their labor don't you?
Christie: not if I have
anything to say about it
Todd: so your argument is
you're a jerk but you get things done
Christie: I bribed and extorted
and threatened Democrats to
give me what I want and I'll do
the same in Washington
Todd: your incredible corruption
has somehow now led to the resignation
of the CEO of United Airlines
Christie: I am very ethical!
Todd: oh you are?
Christie: I was a U.S. Attorney!
Todd: but you bribed your
way to that job that you were
totally unqualified for
Christie: I can't keep track
of the crimes of 60,000 public employees
Todd: but these are your top
aides who are totally corrupt
Christie: hey they might be innocent!
Todd: but some of them
have already pleaded guilty
Christie: here's what a real
leader does – immediately lie and
blame everyone else but myself
Todd: nevertheless your entire
inner circle are all facing criminal charges
Christie: I have been totally vindicated
Todd: you have?
Christie: look when I found out
my top aides were crooks I
immediately took action and fired them
Todd: wait a moment ago
you said they might be innocent
– which is it?
Christie: Barack Obama is a crook!
Todd: wait what?
Christie: Obama is a totally failed leader
Todd: okay but the entire Port
Authority is corrupt
Christie: nothing has been proven yet!
Todd: so you claim
Christie: stop reading newspapers
– they're full of lies and that includes
the sports and weather sections!
Todd: that's your answer –
stop reading newspapers?
Christie: Bill De Blasio's
liberal policies have led to murder
Todd: you sound a bit unhinged
Christie: Mayor DeBlasio has
a total disregard for human life!
Todd: easy there big guy
Christie: Barack Obama supports lawlessness!
Todd: and yet your top aides broke the law
Christie: not true necessarily!
Todd: then why did you fire them?
Christie: because Fuck You that's why
[ break ]
Todd: Trump and Carson
lead the entire establishment combined!
Todd: the Summer of Trump is
turning into the Fall of Lunacy
and the Autumn of Crazy
Todd: it's a battle for the soul
of the Republican party!
Todd: the Tea Party doesn't
want to inspect Iranian nuclear facilities
Tea Partier: Boehner is worse
than Obama because we know
Obama is a muslim but Boehner is a traitor
Boehner: no one knows
this but I'm very popular
Todd: why do you hate John
Boehner and Mitch McConnell?
DeMint: why is it radical to
want to balance the budget
when a Democrat is President?
Todd: it makes a kind of sense
DeMint: the Republican party
never stands up to Obama!
Todd: I'm not sure about that
Cole: not true! The GOP and
Obama cut the deficit!
Todd: after all Obama was re-elected
DeMint: Obama tried to
take control of the Internet!
Todd: what do you want?
DeMint: a concrete plan to
deny Obama a third term
Todd: why can't you defund Obamacare?
Cole: we tried but Obama won't let us
Todd: thanks for coming
[ break ]
Todd: there is a battle for control the GOP!
Brooks: you can't govern by screaming
Todd: did the GOP over-promise
or should they make Obama veto stuff?
Fagen: it's hard to get stuff
through the Senate
Todd: that's what the Founders wanted
Fagen: but the GOP always plays
chicken and loses to Obama
Todd: no wonder they're mad
Fagen: for example going after
Planned Parenthood could be
a real win for the GOP
Fournier: the public is angry and
therefore they support Trump and Sanders
Todd: Both Sides Do It
Fournier: Donald Trump is completely
crazy and people really like that
Todd: the anger is not just on
the right because it's always
true that Both Sides Do It
Hinojosa: no Chuck there is much
more anger on the right – look at
Chris Christie who wants to bring
back illegal stop and frisk
Fournier: Chris Christie is supposed
to be a law-and-order guy except
when it comes to his own administration
Todd: that sounds about right
Fagen: Christie has a lot of
Donald Trump in him
Todd: I'm not touching that one
[ break ]
Todd: omg Sanders is leading
in Iowa and New Hampshire!
Todd: how many Syrian refugees
should the U.S. take in?
Sanders: why shouldn't Saudi
Arabia take in a few?
Todd: is the Syrian civil war America's fault?
Sanders: I voted against the Iraq
war because it would destabilize the region
Todd: boy were you wrong ha ha
Sanders: Saudi Arabia is going
to have get their hands dirty
Todd: that ship has sailed Bernard
Sanders: the U.S. should not
have combat troops in the middle east
Todd: you voted for military action
in Kosovo so why not use troops in Syria
Sanders: I also supported the
war in Afghanistan because I
thought we should get bin Laden
Todd: I stand corrected
Sanders: Afghanistan and Iraq
were totally botched and thousands
of Americans were killed
Todd: we all know that
Sanders: let's do everything to
solve the Syrian crisis without
using U.S. troops first
Todd: why are you more
electable than Hillary Clinton?
Sanders: because I support
universal health care and
Todd: good answer Ben
Sanders: people are sick of
establishment politics and economics
Sanders: people are sick of
Wall Street controlling government
and taking all the money
Todd: but they're such nice people
Sanders: the Democrats lost
in 2014 because their supporters
Todd: you're a weirdo so how
can you work with Congress as President?
Sanders: we passed a bill to help Veterans
Todd: I didn't know that
Sanders: the truth is Todd we'll
never have real change until the
Congress is full of liberals like me
Todd: thanks for coming Bernie
[ break ]
Engel: refugees are pouring
into Sweden and Austria
Refugee: Syria is a nightmare
of death and destruction
Refugee: I'm escaping the Taliban
Engel: the U.S .invaded Iraq by
mistake wrecking the middle east
Engel: Obama didn't bomb
Syria making me sad
Engel: the U.S. broke the
middle east leading to starving
Syrians arriving in Germany
Todd: has Obama been a failure in Syria?
Ford: no because Syria
is not an American state
Todd: yes but all the world is part of America
Ford: the unraveling of Syria is
the fault of the dictator there
Todd: but America runs the
world including Syria so therefore
Obama has failed
Ford: the problem in Syria
is the dictator is a brutal lunatic
Todd: see Obama has failed!
Ford: Obama is fixated on attacking ISIS
Todd: so you're saying the
U.S. should overthrow the government
and invade and occupy Syria
Todd: should America start
a war with Russia over Syria?
Ford: Obama needs keep
bombing Assad and tell Russia
we want to overthrow Assad
Todd: I like it
Ford: this is a war and we need
to be involved or we will miss
out on the all the fun
Todd: but if we bomb Assad
will that help ISIS?
Ford: it could but we should
help the good rebels who hate
Assad and ISIS
Todd: what a good idea
Ford: that's how we got
the Serbs to the table!
Todd: thanks for coming
Todd: I'm not editorializing I'm
just saying America should solve
the Syria problem by force
[ break ]
Todd: OMG Joe Biden talked
about his son on Colbert!
Todd: he's not running is he?
Brooks: it was an expression
of love and it was real
Brooks: it's an anti-establishment
year but then again the election is next year
Todd: does the Democratic party need Biden?
Hinojosa: he was talking
Todd: does Biden running
Fournier: no that's stupid
Todd: don't be mean Ron
Fournier: I believe him when he
says he's not ready to run but his
love for Beau may lead him to get in the race
Fagen: Biden is a gaffe machine
unlike the geniuses in the GOP
Todd: what about Hillary?
Brooks: she's boring –
unlike Sanders or Corbyn
Fagen: the Democrats have moved to the left
Todd: it's so terrible
Fagen: the GOP has moved
to the right even more!
Fournier: people want change
and Hillary is not capable of change
Todd: how do you know that?
Fournier: Karl Rove told me
Fagen: the scandals are not going away!
Hinojosa: Hillary needs to dance more!
Todd: and that's another
episode of Meet The Press