Face in the News: Scott Walker, Watergate and more
(CBS News) On "Face the Nation" Sunday, Bob Schieffer interviewed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker following his win in the state's first-ever recall election to discuss what it means for November's presidential election.
Walker said that Mitt Romney needs to go big and bold in the upcoming election. "I don't think we win if it's just a referendum on Barack Obama," he said. "Governor Romney has a shot if the 'R' doesn't stand for Republican but reformer." (watch the video above)
Walker noted how the Wisconsin recall election did not necessarily indicate an outcome for the upcoming presidential election.
"I think it's slightly different. In our case what they wanted was people to take on the tough issues," he said.
Earlier this week, Romney stated that the recall election sent a message that Americans want to cut back on public workers such as firemen, policemen, and teachers. However, Walker disagreed and said, "I know in my state our reforms allowed us to protect firefighters, police officers and teachers. That's not what I think of when I think of big government."
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka also attacked Mitt Romney's assertion that Americans want less government workers.
"Mitt Romney says he wants fewer teachers - that means larger classrooms," Trumka said. "He says he wants fewer firefighters - that means less safety. I mean, rich people will probably still have good protection; working class people won't. He wants fewer police officers - that means we're in danger."
He also noted the Wisconsin recall election's impact on labor unions in the state.
"The Wisconsin fight really did provide a spark for the labor movement in Wisconsin because we were organizing more than we have been," he said. "The day after that Wisconsin election happened, we were back out on the streets, we were talking to workers, we were educating them, we were mobilizing." Read more on what Trumka said on the show in Politico.
Also on the show this week, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Republican Rep. Mike Rogers talked about the investigation on the unauthorized disclosure of classified information, such as the U.S.-led cyber attacks on Iran's nuclear program and the terror suspect "kill list."
"It was because of the parade of leaks that Senator Feinstein and I both stood up and said, 'Something has to be done about this and we need to close their yaps,'" Rogers, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, said.
They agreed that the Justice Department must move rapidly with the probe and set aside any political motives.
Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said, "The investigation has to be nonpartisan, it's got to be vigorous and it's got to move ahead rapidly."
Rogers added, "This needs to be fair; it shouldn't be a partisan thing."
However, Rogers said he was wary of political influences, saying "many asked the question, me included, 'Can you have the U.S. attorney, assigned through the attorney general, investigate something that is clearly going to be at the most senior levels of all of the executive branch?"
Sen. Feinstein said she takes the president at "face value" and doubts the information was leaked to bolster President Obama's image.
(Read more on what Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Rogers had to say about the national intelligence leaks in The Washington Post, AP, The Hill, The New York Post, Reuters, National Journal, and The Salt Lake Tribune).
To mark the 40th anniversary of the Watergate Scandal, Bob Schieffer looked back on the story that shook Washington with famed investigative reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward.
"CBS This Morning" featured Sunday's interview, where Woodward and Bernstein shared their memories of the historic event."We would have coffee every morning off the newsroom floor for a dime, which is what it cost in those days for a cup of coffee in the machine. And I felt this chill go down my back and I said to Woodward, 'Oh my God, this president is going to be impeached.' And he looked at me and said, 'Oh my God, you're right,'" Bernstein recalled.
They also discussed the growing controversy of national intelligence leaks and warned against a "witch hunt."
"You've got to be very careful about creating a witch hunt for sources and a witch hunt in which you go after reporters, because now more than ever we need real reporting on this presidency, on national security, on all these areas, and the press is not the problem here," Bernstein said.
"It's very difficult - I know from doing stories like this where you're dealing with sensitive government secrets -- to modulate and be careful and at the same time hold the government accountable for what they're doing," Woodward said. "This is an area that needs to be handled with great delicacy, and I'm not sure we have a political system that knows how to do anything with great delicacy."
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