For the Tenth Consecutive Weekend, the Sunday Public Affairs Programs Feature Discussions about Immigration or the Latino Vote
By Micheal E. Hill
Sunday, April 22, 2012 -- 2:00 pm EDT
--Updated on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 4:00 pm EDT--
For the tenth week in a row, there was at least one discussion about immigration, demographics, or the Latino vote during the Sunday public affairs programs. Indeed, there were such discussions during the week of April 22, 2012, on all five of the major public affairs programs.
Immigration or Latino vote-related references on the April 22, 2012, Sunday public affairs programs were made by Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Mitch Daniels, Obama political strategist David Axelrod, Democratic strategist Donna Brazille, and journalists Chuck Todd, EJ Dionne, David Brooks, and Helene Cooper.
The following is a summary of the immigration-, refugee-, or demographic-related comments that were made during the April 22, 2012, Sunday public affairs programs:
- ABC - This Week. The guest list for the April 22, 2012, edition of ABC's "This Week" program included Former MSBNC and HDTV Anchor Keith Olbermann; ABC News' George Will; Democratic Political Strategist and ABC News contributor Donna Brazile; ABC News Political Analyst Matthew Dowd; and Wall Street Journal Columnist Peggy Noonan, who participated in a discussion that touched on former Governor Mitt Romney's (R-MA) problems with the Hispanic vote, the question of whether he will ask former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) or Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) to become his Vice Presidential running mate. and the question of whether any Vice Presidential nominee would be a help to any Presidential nominee.
- CBS - Face the Nation. The guest list for the April 22, 2012, edition of CBS's "Face the Nation" program included The National Journal's Major Garrett and CBS News' Norah O'Donnell, who participated in a discussion about the prospects for Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) or former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) becoming former Governor Romney's (R-MA) Vice Presidential running mate and the problem former Governor Romney has with the Latino vote.
- CNN - State of the Union. The guest list for the April 22, 2012, edition of CNN's "State of the Union" program included Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), who declared that "this notion that in order to appeal to Hispanic voters you have to support illegal immigration is just not true", criticized the Democratic version of the DREAM Act because it provides a path to citizenship for its beneficiaries, promoted a bill he is drafting that would constitute a greatly modified version of the DREAM Act and which would not provide a path to citizenship for its beneficiaries, defended Governor Romney's positions on immigration and the DREAM Act, and appeared to back off of his previous assertions that he would not accept the Vice Presidential nomination from Governor Romney if the position was offered to him. Also appearing on the program was Obama campaign advisor David Axelrod, who addressed President Obama's inability to fulfill his promise to enact comprehensive immigration reform during his first term by criticizing Republicans for being exteme on the issue of immigration and for reflexively opposing everything that President Obama supports.
- FOX - FOX News Sunday. The guest list for the April 22, 2012, edition of FOX's "FOX News Sunday" included Governor Mitch Daniels (R-IN), who deflected a question about former Governor Mitt Romney's positions on immigration by accusing President Obama of being "duplicitous" on the subject of immigration. Appearing during the roundtable segment of the program were Bill Kristol, Editor and Publisher of The Weekly Standard, who served in the Reagan and first Bush Administrations; Karl Rove, Former Senior White House Adviser and Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush, and a Fox News Contrubuter; Fox News Political Analyst Juan Williams; and Democratic Strategist Joe Trippi, who was the National Campaign Manager for Governor Howard Dean's (D-VT) 2004 presidential campaign. Led by Williams, the panel discussed the prospects for Senator Marco Rubio becoming former Governor Romney's vice Presidential nominee, the potential impact of his selection on the Latino vote, and other matters relating to the race between President Obama and Governor Romney.
- NBC - Meet the Press. The guest list for the April 22, 2012, edition of NBC's "Meet the Press" program included Obama Campaign Strategist David Axelrod, who placed immigration reform on a list of issues that President Obama would need to tackle during a second term. Guests during the roundtable segment of the program included NBC News Chief White House Correspondent and Political Director Chuck Todd, who participated in an extended discussion with EJ Dionne of The Washington Post, David Brooks of The New York Times, and Helene Cooper of The New York Times that focused on the importance of the Latino vote in the 2012 presidential election; commented on former Governor Mitt Romney's (R-MA)'s problems with the Latino vote, and handicapped the GOP Vice Presidential sweepstakes.