Rep. Xavier Becerra
Raddatz: OMG Obama's charm offensive
has failed to make the parties agree!
Audience: so sad
Raddatz: how was your dinner date
with Barack Obama?
Boehner: he's a nice guy but he doesn't want
to fix the budget by cutting taxes on rich people
Raddatz: do you trust Barack Obama?
Boehner: oh yes – we just need to cut
spending now that he's the President
Raddatz: Obama says we don't have
an immediate debt crisis
Boehner: that's true - but old people
will eventually wreck America
Raddatz: when will that happen?
Boehner: in a year or two
Raddatz: but you agree with the President
that this is not an immediate problem
Boehner: yes but just we can't spend
more money than we have
Raddatz: we did that under Reagan
Bush I and Bush II
Boehner: see how bad the problem is?!?
Raddatz: Obama says we need to create jobs
Boehner: balancing the budget will create jobs!
Investors will hire people when we halt spending!
Raddatz: can you get a Grand Bargain?
Boehner: hope springs eternal Martha
Raddatz: would you be willing to raise taxes
in exchange for cutting Social Security?
Boehner: no – Obama got his tax
increases in January!
Raddatz: what would you accept?
Boehner: Slashing Medicare and Medicaid
Raddatz: Rand Paul said GOP is stale and
moss-covered and Marco Rubio says USA! USA!
what does the GOP need to do?
Boehner: Republicans need to persuade people
that ever since Obama became President slashing
spending became an imperative
Boehner: did Senator Portman admit to
you that he's secretly a tolerant Republican?
Boehner: yes and frankly I was shocked
Raddatz: what if you had a gay son?
Boehner: I grew up discriminating against
gay people - it's what my church teaches
and I will never change
Raddatz: what about gun control?
Boehner: look I care about people who
get shot but let's not go overboard
Raddatz: what does a new Pope mean for you?
Boehner: I think an American Pope is a
giant step forward and Francis is reformer
Raddatz: what kind of reform does the church need?
Boehner: clean up the finances, caring more
for the poor, oh and fewer decades-long
worldwide conspiracies to rape children
Raddatz: thanks for coming John
[ break ]
Raddatz: Hi panelists - can Washington
reach a budget agreement?
Will: Obamacare caused the recession in 2007
and Paul Ryan still wants to spend money
Fiorina: we must cut taxes on the rich
and cut Social Security
Becerra: low taxes on rich people
is a form of spending
Cornish: when you don't hear anything
that's a sign a deal is being made
Dowd: I frequently lecture the President
in a condescending way about being condescending
Raddatz: CPAC is trying find ways
to make the GOP more popular
Fiorina: Americans don't care about CPAC
they care about lower taxes for rich people
Will: the media is very mean to conservatives
Raddatz: that is so sad
Will: I see the Rise of the Libertarians
Becerra: they need to choose a path and stick with it
Raddatz: why didn't Marco Rubio
Cornish: because it's unpopular
Dowd: CPAC is like a Flintsones episode –
dinosaurs and tv reality show stars
Cornish: what's wrong with public discussion?
Dowd: nothing – just not with Neaderthals
Raddatz: Portman now supports gay marriage
Will: CPAC is mostly young people
who don't hate gay people
Dowd: sure he's got a gay son –
that's a good way to get to the truth
Fiorina: people who discriminate
are good people too
Raddatz: if you say so Carly
Fiorina: self-appointed judges should
not decide civil rights
Raddatz: they're appointed by the
President and Congress
Fiorina: even so I don't trust legislators either
Raddatz: who do you trust
Fiorina: we must decide civil liberties by plebiscite!
Raddatz: Episode IV: A New Pope
Dowd: Francis of Assisi was a friend
to animals, the environment, the poor and
was barefoot and wore old clothes
Raddatz: he was a hippie?
Fiorina: even non-Catholics were united in
spirituality when the new Pope was named
Raddatz: that is so true – thanks
for coming everyone