According to an Axios report, the latest Republican "parlor game" focuses on who current Vice President Mike Pence would choose as his own VP should President Donald Trump be impeached.
Played in "the shadows of the Russia investigation," this VP speculation game focuses on the desired "effect" each speculative vice president would have on the country.
The choice of Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan or Nikki Haley would result in a "return to normalcy," while Bob Gates or John Boehner would help ease the "anxiety" created by Trump.
Picking Joe Biden or Michael Bloomberg, Axios noted, would "calm the country" by assuring them there would be no Trump-era status quo in the White House, whereas someone like Jeff Sessions, Rudy Giuliani or Newt Gingrich would "keep the spirit of America First Trumpism alive."
In an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union," Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) told host Jake Tapper that she expects House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will "take action" against Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) for her racist attacks - but Omar saved her vitriol for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for doing as little as possible to rein in his caucus.
After watching a clip of McCarthy defending Boebert in a press conference, the CNN host asked Omar for comment.
"McCarthy is a liar and a coward. He doesn't have the ability to condemn the kind of bigoted Islamophobia and anti-Muslim rhetoric that are being trafficked by a member," Omar stated. "This is who they are. And we have to be able to stand up to them and we have to be able to push them to reckon with the fact that their party right now is normalizing anti-Muslim bigotry."
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Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson offered an odd explanation for the existence of the U.S. Constitution.
During an interview with Carson on Fox News, host Maria Bartiromo argued that a bipartisan bill to improve vaccine infrastructure would increase the Center for Disease Control's "surveillance" on Americans.
"Recognize that governments have a tendency to grow, to infiltrate and control," Carson replied. "And those are governments that are controlled by Democrats or Republicans or independents or anybody. That's what governments do."
"They are like lions," he continued. "Lions kill gazelles and eat them not because they are bad animals but because they're lions. And that's why we have a Constitution. The Constitution was given to the people of this country so that they could control the growth of government."
Carson argued that a government vaccination database would "subject people to Covid" and be "used for other things as well."
"We've got to recognize these signs when we see them and stop them and nip them in the bud before it becomes too late," he added.
Watch the video below from Fox News.
In an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" with host Jake Tapper, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) dismissed questions about the health of women after stating he would ban all abortions in his state if the conservative Supreme Court opens the door for him with a ruling expected next year.
With a Mississippi law on abortion under scrutiny by the court, Reeves was asked by host Tapper to consider the plight of women and their health after the Republican governor expressed a desire for a complete ban.
Addressing a total ban on abortions, Reeves told the host, "I believe, very strongly that an innocent, unborn child in the mother's womb is, in fact, a child; the most important word when we talk about unborn children is not unborn but it's children. Yes, I will do everything I can to protect the lives of those children."
"The country has been here before, before 1973," host Tapper lectured. "What happens in reality is, women of means are still able to get abortions. poor women, young women, vulnerable women end up often seeking abortions in ways that can cause them severe harm, mutilation, if not death in some cases. Do you acknowledge that this step will result in some women almost seriously getting seriously hurt, some dying? "
"I certainly would hope that that would not be the case," Reeves parried. "What I would tell you, Jake, is that since Roe was enacted in 1973, there have been 62 million American babies that have been killed through this process. I think that those babies in their mother's womb don't have the ability to stand up for themselves. That's why they have to have people like me and others around this nation that for years have tried to stand up for unborn children."
"I think we have to do everything we can as policymakers to improve the quality of public health in our state," he continued. "When you look at this pandemic, there are a lot of negatives that have come from the pandemic. But one of the hopefully silver linings that come out of dealing with the pandemic over the last year and a half is that we have seen significant investments in infrastructure, both from the state and federal level in our public health system. I think we need to continue to do that. I think that's important."
"You clearly see this move as part of a culture of life as you have said in the past," Tapper replied. "Mississippi ranks 50th in the country in infant mortality. Mississippi is nearly last when it comes to childhood hunger. According to a recent study of what kids need to thrive, looking at education and health and family, community, Mississippi ranks 50th for child well-being, how do you square those statistics about Mississippi with what you say about a culture of life?"
"Well, first of all, when you look at that unborn baby in the womb and you consider it a human being, it changes your perspective on lots of different things," Reeves attempted. "With respect to the statistics you quoted, when I ran for office and in my first inaugural address, I made it clear to the people of my state that I believed in my heart I was elected not to try to hide our problems or not to try to hide our challenges but to try to fix them. I perfectly acknowledge that many of those statistics in terms of health outcomes in our state, we are underperforming relative to other states across the nation. It's incumbent upon all of us to work to pass policies to change that."
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