December 7th, 2012
12:45 PM ET

On GPS Sunday: James Baker on GOP and fiscal cliff. Plus: Are we close to curing cancer?

"Fareed Zakaria GPS," Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.

This week on GPS, Fareed speaks with James Baker, who has held three of the most important political positions in the United States – Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of State and White House Chief of Staff – about the fiscal cliff, the Republican Party and foreign policy.

“One thing Republicans are going to need in this negotiation, it seems to me, is assurance that if they raise taxes – and once they've raised taxes – that they will, in fact, get the spending cuts, because in past years, they’ve agreed to the tax increases and those spending cuts never come,” Baker says.

“[It’s] really important in order to engender confidence and trust, particularly on the part of the Republicans, that they know if they agree to tax increases – which they're going to have to do, revenue increases, which they're going to have to do – that they’ll get the spending cuts.”

Also, are we on the verge of finding a cure for cancer? Fareed talks to the president of the world’s largest cancer research center, Ronald DePinho. And in our What in the World segment: should America be more like Scandinavia?

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  1. joe anon 1

    spending cuts: cut spending to dhs, to israel, to pentagon, to banksters.

    soc security and medicare not part of deficit problem. did not cause. do not add. do not touch.

    cure cancer? no. but u.s. very good at causing cancers.

    December 8, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Reply
    • vicky

      You are correct. US is very good at causing people cancer. Babies are been injected with the virus.

      December 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  2. Mrs. Eileen G. Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    A lesson.

    December 9, 2012 at 10:09 am | Reply
  3. Scott

    Like his hero Obama, Fareed loves to talk about all of the "investments" we should make in cancer research and education. But what Fareed and Mr. Obama never seem to get is that "investments" = SPENDING!. WHAT ABOUT BROKE DON'T YOU GET? IF YOU WANT TO "INVEST", THEN GET YOUR DEMOCRATIC BUDDIES TO CUT ELSEWHERE. How much do you think you can tax people during a recession without cratering the economy, not to mention any hope of ever affording these "investments".

    December 9, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  4. vicky

    Zakaria. Tell DePinho that the answer to cancer might be in childhood vaccinations and to start using the money to improve the vaccinations.

    December 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  5. Nancy Standley

    Please quit smacking your lips as you talk. I had to switch you off.

    December 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  6. F Moreira

    I just want to remind us that "America is not a country; it is a continent" I'm sure we all know that, but we keep forgetting that. All the affair that had been discussed have to do with the United Estates, not America. Well, now that that is clear I will also remind, this time I won't say "us", but those that are hustleing the tax increase for them, meaning the richers, what ever happen to " is not what the country can do for you, but what 'YOU" can do for your country. This is the righ time to put that philosofical, memorable frase in to practice. Because we are the country, we the hard working people that are tired and worned out of being in the treadmill. So, for those that make more than enough, do your civil duty and stop REGATIANDO to pay your fair taxes.

    December 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  7. chuck

    I always enjoy hearing our Sec of States give their perspective, very interesting!

    December 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  8. Bernard Kaye

    James Baker 12/09/2012 Again, his economics is nothing more than Republican campaign B. S. It reminded me of his earlier appearance in which at the closing he said that G. W. Bush helped Iraq become a democracy though not a Jeffersonian democracy and that he would be considered a great President. It also brought to mind the appearance of head of FedEx CEO, I think it was Jim Smith, listed all the burdens faced by President Obama but conveniently omitted the economy that was passed on by George W. Bush. I have a degree in economics from Columbia University. I think that GPS may be being used as a right-wing display of nonsense. Bernard Kaye

    December 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  9. santacruzred

    Your staff let you down badly on the Cancer interview with the head of MD Anderson. Much of what you said was wild exaggeration, much of what he said was carefully worded half truths. Did you even do a Google search, for instance on MD Anderson controversy, for instance? Shame on you, I've always admired you and your show, but if this was an example of care of your journalism, I'll have to change my opinion. You should get a real scientist on to talk about the current status of, and prospects for, research on cancer. Your interview left people with a totally false impression.

    December 10, 2012 at 3:38 am | Reply

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