October 19th, 2013
02:33 PM ET

On GPS Sunday: James Baker on the debt ceiling and shutdown

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

On GPS this Sunday: Can Washington bounce back from the recent shutdown and debt ceiling crisis? Fareed speaks with an old Republican Party hand who has held the following positions: White House Chief of Staff, Treasury Secretary, and Secretary of State – an exclusive with James Baker.

“I'm convinced we will bounce back. That's not to say that this was not a harmful episode,” Baker says. “My party, the Republican Party, I think was a loser. But I also think that the president and the Democratic Party was a loser because the world saw us in disarray. It really saw a failure of governance.”

Later, in our What in the World segment: Why Africa's leaders stay in power for so long.

And also: A one-on-one interview with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera.

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Topics: GPS Show • Politics • United States

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  1. rightospeak

    Many words, little substance. Too much time spent in DC so it becomes a habit. The biggest loser were the American people – was that not obvious ? What is the remedy ????

    October 19, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Reply
    • ✠RZ✠

      "Hey, did you hear ? The government was partial closed."
      "Good! Just wait until those clowns are down to wearing barrels like the rest of us!"
      "No you moron, NOT partially CLOTHED." ! Partially CLOSED!"
      "Ohhh ok. Huh? CLOSED ?!? OMG get it open! NOW before we're all DOOMED!!"
      "Relax, they just had a stupid spat. But they've reopened now."
      "Thank goodness, we're saved! What were they fighting about anyhow?"
      "Not too sure...... but I think they agreed to take our barrels."

      October 21, 2013 at 5:52 am | Reply
  2. Timmy Suckle

    I kissed my way up to VP at a health insurance company. Now I take over $600,000 of your health care dollars for NO VALUE ADDED to your health care. And that’s just me. Now think about how many other VPs, Directors, Managers, etc. are at my company alone. Now multiply that by thousands of others at hundreds of other health insurance companies. From 10 to 25% of your health care dollars go towards administration that adds NO VALUE to your health care. But my company’s PAC dollars will continue to fool you little people into thinking that a single payer system will be bad. Little people like you are so easy to fool. Little people also don’t realize that a single payer system is the ONLY system that would allow little people (as an entire country) to negotiate better health care prices. Little people don’t realize that the Medical Cartels already know that. And that is the reason why the Medical Cartels spend so much PAC money from the hospitals and doctors lobbying against a single payer system. Some little people say that a single payer system would cost you little people more. But if that were true, then wouldn’t the hospitals and doctors WANT that extra money? Yes they would. So why do the Medical Cartels lobby against a single payer system? It’s because the Medical Cartels know it would allow little people to negotiate better health care prices. And that’s what the Medical Cartels are afraid of. Period.
    But us big wigs at insurance companies, hospitals, and pharmacy companies don’t ever need to worry about health care no matter what it costs. We get our health care paid for one way or another by you little people. And we get the little people that work at our companies to contribute to our PACs. And us big wigs say it’s to protect the little peoples’ jobs. But in reality it would be in the little peoples’ best interest to NOT contribute to the PAC. Again, little people are so easily fooled. I won’t ever have to worry about losing my job with so many little people being brain washed by the Medical Cartels’ PAC money. Not only that, the Medical Cartels’ PAC money is used to elect so many republicans that will never allow a single payer system. Republicans have always fought against any meaningful health care reform. But that’s what our Medical Cartels’ PACs pay them for. Politicians can be bought so easily.
    Pretty soon the only people that will be able to afford health care is us big wigs. And that’s the way it should be. We don’t want you little people using up the resources when we need them. And once again, I thank you little people for capping my SS tax at the $113,700 level. Now I only pay 1.2% SS tax and you little people pay 6.2%. Also, thank you for extending my tax breaks. I’m using the extra money on my vacation houses.

    October 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  3. j. von hettlingen

    James Baker is remarkably alert for his age and he has been fair in his criticism towards various individuals.

    October 20, 2013 at 11:12 am | Reply
    • ✠RZ✠

      "Hey, did you hear ? The government was partial closed."
      "Good! Just wait until those clowns are down to wearing barrels like the rest of us!"
      "No you moron, NOT partially CLOTHED." ! Partially CLOSED!"
      "Ohhh ok. Huh? CLOSED ?!? OMG get it open! NOW before we're all DOOMED!!"
      "Relax, they just had a stupid spat. But they've reopened now."
      "Thank goodness, we're saved! What were they fighting about anyhow?"
      "Not too sure...... but I think they agreed to take our barrels."

      October 21, 2013 at 5:52 am | Reply
  4. g. wright

    I was hoping James Baker would have been more candid and not just spewed forth the same party line rhetoric we can hear from any politician. I wish someone would be brave enough to tell the truth and not flavor their remarks based upon their political leanings.

    October 20, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Reply
    • ✠RZ✠

      "Hey, did you hear ? The government was partial closed."
      "Good! Just wait until those clowns are down to wearing barrels like the rest of us!"
      "No you moron, NOT partially CLOTHED." ! Partially CLOSED!"
      "Ohhh ok. Huh? CLOSED ?!? OMG get it open! NOW before we're all DOOMED!!"
      "Relax, they just had a stupid spat. But they've reopened now."
      "Thank goodness, we're saved! What were they fighting about anyhow?"
      "Not too sure...... but I think they agreed to take our barrels."

      October 21, 2013 at 5:53 am | Reply
  5. W. Jannsmoore

    James Baker's appearance can only be measured in its degree of disappointment. When I want to hear that level of right wing talking points and meaningless jargon, I usually tune into Fox. "Debt bomb caused by government spending." He must have been under a rock when our economy crashed in 2008 due to unregulated, runaway Wall Street greed where $8 Trillion of wealth disappeared and 12 million people were thrown out of work. Where was he when George Bush blew up the budget surplus with tax cuts, mostly for the rich, that guaranteed deficits as far as the eye could see? Was he asleep when Bush lied America into 2 unfunded and unnecessary wars that cost $6 Trillion?
    Sorry, Mr. Baker, our deficits are not due to unrestrained government spending. They are due to Republican policies to 1) blow up the budget surplus 2) blow up the economy through government deregulation and 3) blow up Afghanistan and Iraq.
    Not only was Baker disappointing, adding absolutely nothing to the discussion or solutions, but the thought of him appearing on GPS was downright depressing. I used to watch GPS for its intelligent, well reasoned discussions. Either keep the likes of James Baker off the show or I'll quit watching.

    October 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Reply
    • ✠RZ✠

      Be sure to tune in for the next Sunday Edition of GPS and join Fareed with special guest renowned Saudi cleric FaSheikh Saleh Al-Loheidan who provides us with in-depth medical commentary on some of the more realistic issues concerning women's health.

      "If a woman drives a car," says Al-Loheidan, "it could have a negative physiological impact ... Medical studies show that it would automatically affect a woman's ovaries and that it pushes the pelvis upward." Explained Al-Loheidan, "We find that for women who continuously drive cars, their children are born with varying degrees of clinical problems."

      Similar studies have also shown potential health risks (to women) associated with opening bank accounts, working, traveling and going to school without the express permission of their male guardian.

      October 22, 2013 at 2:32 am | Reply
  6. ANTONY

    TELL MR. NUT'N' YA ..WHO?
    DON'T WET YOUR PANTS
    BOMB BOMB BOMB BOMB IRAN. DONT KNOW HOW ? ASK JOHN mCCAIN

    October 29, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Reply

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