Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in politics for Tuesday, May 12.
1. Watch what President Obama says about health care reform today. He’s holding a roundtable this morning with business leaders to discuss how to cut health care costs for employers. Watch to see what comes out of that event and whether he’s able to carry the momentum he began building yesterday by driving strong message today as the administration tries to figure out how to get Congress, the American public and the key health care parties to focus on a very big effort for reform. Watch for more clues into what the administration will push for, how hard they’ll push for it and just how they plan to pay for it.
2. Watch the controversy involving Dick Cheney. His daughter Liz Cheney was on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning to defend the former vice president and brought up all sorts of new issues likely to get attention from Democrats today. Watch to see what they say and if the White House decides to keep this story alive.
3. Watch the controversy involving Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the question of whether she was briefed on harsh interrogation techniques like waterboarding. Now that she’s returned from a trip overseas, watch to see if she’s drawn into responding directly to some of the lingering questions about what she knew and when she knew it.