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Notes on the April 14, 2013 Broadcast of Meet The Press

April 14, 2013

All Rights NBC NewsThis morning’s Meet the Press began with Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) who is appearing on all seven Sunday talk shows this morning.

Rubio was vigorous in his support for a compromise immigration reform package he helped develop. He said the plan is both compassionate and responsible, and it allows undocumented workers to earn access to the legal immigration system. He said, “the status quo is horrible” for America. He also said his bill is a “starting point,” not a take it or leave it proposition.

On gun-control, Rubio repeated his opposition for all current gun-control proposals. He said, “We have violence problem in America,” not a gun problem, and he said no one is talking about that.

Rubio said he has no problem with the Obama administration’s responses to North Korean threats. He called again for a unified Korean peninsula. He also repeated his concerns about Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s recent trip to Cuba.

In the roundtable, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) said that he may be able to support bipartisan immigration reform proposals. However, Lee said he could not support the Manchin-Toomey compromise on gun control. He said it would do more to limit the rights of law-abiding citizens that it would to limit criminals. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) disagreed.

David Brooks of the New York Times said that Marco Rubio is a hero for his leadership on immigration reform. With all the talk of bipartisan bills on a number of issues floating around Washington DC, Brooks said it was almost possible this week to believe, “We live in a functioning democracy.”

Katy Kay of the BBC said she likes David Brooks’ observation. She fears, however, that once these proposals get out of the Senate and into the US House, the old dysfunction will reemerge.

In discussing the president’s budget proposal, host David Gregory mentioned Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR). Walden called for President Obama to do entitlement reform but, once the president released a plan for that reform, Walden denounced the President’s plan as a “shocking attack on seniors.” David Brooks called Walden’s performance, “opportunism on stilts.”

The program ended with a fascinating conversation about the movie “42” with Ken Burns, Harrison Ford, and Jackie Robinson’s widow, Rachel.

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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