Leaders decry potentially devastating cuts and criticize their counterparts for their roles in introducing, implementing and obstructing the budget mechanism that made them possible in the first place.
Connecticut's Democratic Gov. Dan Malloy said it is past time for both sides to sit down to help dodge cuts that will hurt all states' budgets. "Come to the table, everyone. Everybody. Let's work this thing out. Let's be adults," Malloy said. Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) called those defense cuts "unconscionable" and urged Obama to call lawmakers to the White House or the presidential retreat of Camp David for a last-minute budget summit. "I won't put all the blame all on the president of the United States. But the president leads. The president should be calling us over somewhere -- Camp David, the White House, somewhere -- and us sitting down and trying to avert these cuts," McCain said. LaHood, who served as a Republican representing Illinois in the U.S. House, urged his colleagues to watch Steven Spielberg's film about President Abraham Lincoln's political skills. "Everybody around here ought to go take a look at the Lincoln movie, where they did very hard things by working together, talking together and compromising," said LaHood. "That's what's needed here." LaHood and Duncan were the only of representatives from the administration to appear on Sunday shows. Barbour, Malloy and McCain appeared on CNN's "State of the Union." McCaskill was interviewed on "Fox News Sunday." Ayotte, Duncan and Kaine spoke with CBS' "Face the Nation." LaHood appeared on both CNN and NBC. No one from the White House was scheduled to appear. ___ Follow Philip Elliott on Twitter: https://twitter.com/philip_elliott