Entries in Presidency (4)


California Attorney General ‘Superstitious’ About Presidential Talk

ABC News(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- California Attorney General Kamala Harris is a major “first” for her position: She’s the first woman, the first black person and the first South Asian to be attorney general of the Golden State.

She’s a national co-chair for President Obama’s re-election bid, and with her star on the rise, some have hinted she could one day be the first female president herself.

But Tuesday on the ABC News and Yahoo! News convention live stream, Harris told ABC’s Amy Walter and Rick Klein she’s not getting carried away with all that presidential talk just yet.

“I am completely focused on what’s right in front of me, for a number of reasons,” Harris said.  “One, I think life is too short.  You have to really enjoy what you’re doing today.”

“I’m also a little superstitious,” she continued.  “You know, you concentrate on that thing out there, and then you’re gonna trip over the thing in front of you.”

When asked if we should expect to see her in Iowa or New Hampshire soon, Harris played coy.

“Who knows where we’re going to be a year from now,” she said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Dick Cheney: Hillary for President 'Not a Bad Idea'

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Hillary Clinton for president?

“So far she hasn’t said she would, but I think it’s not a bad idea,” former Vice President Dick Cheney told ABC News in an interview on Wednesday to promote his new book In My Time.

Cheney declined to say whether he thought the current secretary of state would have been a better president than Barack Obama, but called her a “pretty formidable individual.”

“I think she’s probably the most competent person they’ve got in their -- in their cabinet.  And, frankly, I thought she was gonna win the nomination last time around,” Cheney said.  “Maybe if the Obama record is bad enough -- and these days it’s not very good, given the shape of the economy -- maybe there will be enough ferment in the Democratic Party so that there will be a primary on their side.”

During the interview, Cheney criticized several of the Republican presidential candidates, including front-runner Rick Perry whose comments about Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke were described as “over-the-top” by Cheney.

While Cheney sounded positive about Clinton, he said not to expect him to endorse anyone on the Republican side anytime soon.

“I don’t plan to endorse anybody until we get a lot farther down the road,” he said.

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Mike Pence: President Should Regard Constitution Like ‘An Obsessed Lover’

Photo Courtesy - ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Indiana Republican Rep. Mike Pence, who has been mentioned as a potential presidential candidate in 2012, delivered a sharp-tongued critique of the American presidency on Friday, saying that the office had become “symbolic of overreaching.”

In a speech in Washington, D.C. at the annual conference of the Federalist Society, a conservative legal organization, Pence used the remarks of two top Obama administration officials to suggest that the president’s team had been complicit in that overreach.

He cited Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett’s November 2008 statement that “It’s important that President-Elect Obama is prepared to really take power and begin to rule day one” and the more recent comments by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau adviser Elizabeth Warren, who said: “President Obama understands the importance of leveling the playing field.”

“Take power, rule, leveling,” Pence said. “Though these are the terms of the day, this has never been and should never again be the model of the presidency or the character of the American president.”

He added, “No one can say this too strongly, and no one can say it enough until it is remedied. We are not subjects. We are citizens.”

Jarrett used the word “rule” in passing in an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” shortly after Obama was elected president and Warren’s full quote in a Sept. 17 White House blog post notes that the president wanted to “level the playing field again for families" and create consumer "protections that work not just for the wealthy or connected, but for every American.”

Pence’s speech amounted to a series of presidential guidiance rooted strongly in the Constitution.

“The president should regard the Constitution and the Declaration like an obsessed lover,” Pence said. “They should be on his mind all the time.”

The Indiana Republican fit in several more jabs at Obama, including a reference to an incident in November 2009 when the president bowed to Japanese Emperor Akihito during a visit to Tokyo.

“You do not bow to kings. Outside our shores, the President of the United States of America bows to no man,” Pence said. “When in foreign lands, you do not criticize your own country. You do not argue the case against the United States, but the case for it. You do not apologize to the enemies of the United States.”

Pence told ABC News on Thursday that he would make up his mind about his next political move “sometime early next year.”

“Our decision is going to be wholly dependent on taking the time to prayerfully consider where we can make the most difference on the conservative values that brought us to Washington to begin with,” he said.

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Palin: Would 'Offer Myself' if 'Nobody Else Stepped Up'

Image Courtesy - ABC News RadioIn an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin offered some of her most direct comments yet about what it would take for her to launch a presidential bid.

"A reason to run is if nobody else were to step up with the solutions that are needed to get the economy back on the right track and to be so committed to our national security that they are going to do all that they can, including fighting those on the extreme left who seem to want to dismantle some of our national security tools that we have in place,” Palin told Fox's Greta Van Susteren. “If nobody else wanted to step up, Greta, I would offer myself up in the name of service to the public."

Last week Palin traveled to Iowa, a key early primary state, to speak at a major Republican political gathering.

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