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Notes from the June 12, 2011 broadcast of Meet The Press

June 12, 2011

Today’s broadcast began with the chairs of the Democratic and Republican parties, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) and Reince Priebus. Wasserman-Schultz reiterated her call for Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) to resign.

Priebus was critical of the slow reaction by Democratic leadership to the Weiner scandal. Wasserman-Schultz pointed out that Republicans showed no leadership on a number of their scandals (Vitters, Ensign, etc.). Priebus danced around this and tried to make this story about the economy and unemployment. When Wassermann-Schultz called him out on this, Priebus smirked and rolled his eyes.

When they finally got around to discussing the economy, it was a bunch of talking points from both sides which were no doubt infuriating to anyone who is unemployed or hurting from the current situation. When host David Gregory tried to move on to discuss the current GOP field, Priebus could not help but mention, one more time, the 2.5 million jobs lost.

A new poll shows President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney tied at 47% each in a theoretical head-to-head race. Wasserman-Schultz pointed out that when Romney was governor, his state ranked 47th in job creation.

At the end of the segment, Gregory showed a new photo of recovering Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). Wasserman-Schultz said she had talked to Giffords on Wednesday and is making great progress. Priebus refrained from linking this to the economy.

Next up was presidential candidate and former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA). Gregory first mentioned that Santorum has lost his most recent election by 17%. Santorum described plans for health care and Social Security reform.

Gregory asked Santorum if he thinks Romney and Ambassador John Huntsman will have trouble in the GOP primaries because they are Mormon. Santorum replied, “I hope not.”

Santorum said that people are concerned about conservative candidates who run on conservative issues and then govern in a very different way. He says that won’t be him. He made a passionate argument for his ability to create more manufacturing jobs. He also argued in favor of some corporate tax breaks.

He says education should be reformed in a way that reflects the dynamism of the real world. He also made a case for Constitutional protection of human life beginning at conception.

In the roundtable, GOP consultant Mike Murphy discussed how changing demographics in the US (43% more Hispanics) may work in Obama’s electoral favor.

Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal says the release of all those Sarah Palin emails turn out to be a great big “nothing-burger.”

Today’s Meet The Press transcript will be here.

Also follow the show on the MTP Facebook page, track Twitter feeds from host David Gregory, Meet The Press, and Executive Producer Betsy Fischer, watch the midweek PressPass interview, and don’t forget Gregory’s blog.

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