Defense News Gets a Mention on MSNBC’s ‘Daily Rundown’

Defense News got a mention on the Nov. 28 edition of MSNBC's "Daily Rundown." (Screenshot created from MSNBC video by Defense News staff.)

Any political junkies who stop by Intercepts regularly might have noticed something different this morning on MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown,” a morning political magazine and talk show.

Early in the Nov. 28 episode, Chuck Todd was discussing the political machinations involved in the ongoing flap between President Obama, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and three GOP senators.

Todd then began reading from a Defense News article posted the previous day based on comments made by one of those senators, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. (Around the 7:00 mark of this clip.)

After a meeting with Rice — who could soon be nominated to become secretary of state — aimed at assuaging the senators’ concerns, the lawmakers spent a few moments addressing reporters camped out nearby. But it was unclear whether any of the three would follow through on a threat made two weeks ago to do anything within their power under Senate rules to block her nomination.

Several reporters followed after Graham after he spoke, with one asking whether he would vote against Rice.

Your Defense News correspondent, realizing Graham’s ‘No’ vote might be a moot point if Rice’s possible nomination reaches the Senate floor, asked whether he would, as Senate rules allow for any executive-branch nominee, submit a formal hold to freeze the confirmation process.

“Oh, absolutely,” Graham replied. “I would place a hold on anybody who wanted to be promoted to any job who had a role in the Benghazi situation.”

Todd read the quote on the air. Score one for boning up on those Senate rules, right? (Full disclosure: The many nomination holds placed on Air Force nominees over the service’s aerial tanker drama during your correspondent’s career hammered this rule into his mind.)

Thanks to Todd and the “Daily Rundown” crew for recognizing our work on their show.

John T. Bennett

John T. Bennett

Bennett is the Editor of Defense News' CongressWatch channel. He has a Masters degree in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
John T. Bennett