Best Quotes from the Sunday Shows – 6.29.14

Sen. Joe Manchin on CBS’s “Face the Nation” with Bob Schieffer: “Our main goal right now is to protect our embassy and all the Americans that we have over there, and I think the President has every right, plus, he has the responsibility to do that.  I’m fine with that.  Do whatever it takes to protect our people, our embassy; we’re not going to be run out of that country.”

On the terror threat in Iraq, President Barack Obama told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” : “Now, we are spending a lot of time, and we have been for years, making sure we are improving intelligence to respond to that.  We have to improve our surveillance, reconnaissance, intelligence there.  Special Forces are going to have a role.  And there are going to be times where we take strikes against organizations that could do us harm.”

Former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden told “FOX News Sunday’s” Chris Wallace: “Until we can change the facts and the realities on the ground, until we can change that which creates the threat to the United States, we have to consult our own interests and we have to defend the United States, the American citizens and American interests.”

On the missing IRS e-mails, former IRS official Lois Lerner’s attorney William Taylor III told CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” : “But you can see why it’s convenient to say, there’s a computer crash and therefore there must be something nefarious going on. Lois Lerner is a lifetime federal employee. She’s not a political employee.”

Asked by David Gregory on NBC’s “Meet the Press” whether he’s And ‘just a bit player as to whether Secretary Clinton runs, President Bill Clinton said in a pre-recorded interview: “That’s exactly what I am. I’m a foot soldier in an army. I will do what I am instructed to do…And I’m for it. You know I said in 2008, I say it every chance anybody’s given me, of all the people I’ve ever worked with I think she’s the most gifted public servant I’ve ever worked with, even if we are married. That’s what I believe. And I believed it when we were going out together. And I believed it when I asked her to marry me and she said no. Nothing’s changed my opinion in more than 40 years.”