Gov. Pawlenty and Sen. Klobuchar were on a bipartisan pre-election panel on Face the Nation. In general, a dud.
Pawlenty summarized the election thus:
“Of course, the issue is jobs in the economy, but that’s the great debate and which is the Democrats’ view of it is to do that through government and more stimulus-style spending to have government-centric approaches to solutions like health care, drag it into Washington D.C., top down command and control government bureaucracies running systems and the Republicans and conservatives are making the case that doesn’t work, hasn’t worked, won’t work. And we have to stimulate the private economy. We’ve got to do things to encourage investors and small business leaders and people who are going to grow jobs by reducing tax burdens, reducing costs and reducing government spending. It’s two very different world views. And frankly, the American people has heard those arguments and they’re saying through this election as you’ll see on Tuesday, we agree with the Republicans on this one.”
TPaw also repeated a recent Repub theme, in which they call for an honest conversation about cutting entitlement programs, but don’t propose any actual specific cuts.
Sen. Klobuchar expressed the prevailing view that Dems will probably hang onto a tiny majority in the Senate. She expressed no opinion on the House (I didn’t hear anyone other than Dem national chair Tim Kaine predict that the Dems would hang onto their House majority). But Klobe did acknowledge back-handedly that the Dems will not be able to able to get much done next year without finding common ground with Repubs. Her phrase for that, a variation of which she has used elsewhere recently, is to redefine political courage as the courage to compromise:
“I think courage is not necessarily going to be standing up alone in the coming years. It’s going to be standing next to someone you don’t always agree with to work for this country.”
On cutting government, she noted that the bipartisan panel on that topic will report its recommendations soon. She also talked about some possible compromises on what to do about the expiring Bush tax cuts:
“There’s two proposals out there, Bob. One is that we could continue the two hundred fifty thousand and above tax cuts for– the Bush tax cuts, for another year or two and then phase them out, or we could immediately say for people making over a million dollars, your tax cuts are done. You get them up to a million and then you go back to the Clinton levels. I just don’t think that that is going to disrupt or economy.”
The full transcript is here.