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Meet the Press - May 3, 2009 Transcript and Video Link

Meet the Press - May 3, 2009 Transcript and Video Link

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As fears of a flu pandemic sweep across the globe, we get the very latest on what our government is doing to stop the spread of the disease in this country from the three top officials charged with coordinating our national response: newly sworn-in HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius, DHS Sec. Janet Napolitano, and CDC Acting Dir. Dr. Richard Besser. Plus, in his first television interview since announcing his unexpected switch to the Democratic party, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) joins us live to discuss why he's leaving the Republican party after 5 terms in the Senate. How will his decision impact the Senate and the Democratic agenda? And will it help him save his hotly-contested Senate seat? Then, the future of the Republican party with: MSNBC's Fmr. Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-FL) & Fmr. RNC Chair Ed Gillespie.
As fears of a flu pandemic sweep across the globe, we get the very latest on what our government is doing to stop the spread of the disease in this country from the three top officials charged with coordinating our national response: newly sworn-in HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius, DHS Sec. Janet Napolitano, and CDC Acting Dir. Dr. Richard Besser. Plus, in his first television interview since announcing his unexpected switch to the Democratic party, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) joins us live to discuss why he's leaving the Republican party after 5 terms in the Senate. How will his decision impact the Senate and the Democratic agenda? And will it help him save his hotly-contested Senate seat? Then, the future of the Republican party with: MSNBC's Fmr. Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-FL) & Fmr. RNC Chair Ed Gillespie.

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Meet the PressMay 3, 2009NBC
MR. DAVID GREGORY: Our issues this Sunday: Flu fears sweepthe globe. Here at home, as the outbreak grows the risk remainsunclear.(Videotape)VICE PRES. JOE BIDEN: I wouldn't go anywhere in confinedplaces now.(End videotape)(Videotape)DR. RICHARD BESSER: I think flying is safe, going on thesubway is safe. People should go out and live their lives.(End videotape)MR. GREGORY: What is the government doing to try to stop theswine flu's spread, and could the U.S. outbreak turn deadly? Allthe latest from the three top officials charged with coordinatingour national response: Health and Human Services secretary,Kathleen Sebelius; Homeland Security secretary, Janet
 
Napolitano; and acting director of the Centers for Disease Controland Prevention, Dr. Richard Besser.Then, a surprise switch on Capitol Hill.(Videotape)SEN. ARLEN SPECTER (D-PA): I do think, Mr. President, that Ican be of assistance.(End videotape)MR. GREGORY: Veteran Republican Senator Arlen Specterbecomes a Democrat and pushes that party very close to afilibuster-proof majority. How will his decision impact theRepublican and Democratic Parties and their agendas inWashington? In his first television interview since announcing hisdecision, our guest, Democratic Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. Then, what does Specter's move say about thefuture of the Republican Party for 2012 and beyond?Plus, an unexpected retirement on the Supreme Court. Who's onthe short list now? And is a new partisan battle brewing? We'llhear from two key Republican voices: Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and former Republican congressman fromFlorida, and Ed Gillespie, former counselor to President Bush andformer chairman of the Republican National Committee.
 
And in our MEET THE PRESS minute we remember one of theRepublican Party's political stars, former Republican vicepresidential nominee Jack Kemp, who died last night at the age of 73.But first, the latest on the H1N1 or swine flu outbreak around theglobe. Here with us, the top U.S. officials coordinating theresponse: Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the CDC;Homeland Security secretary, Janet Napolitano; and the newsecretary of Health & Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius.Welcome to all of you.DR. BESSER: Thank you.MR. GREGORY: Dr. Besser, let me start with you. This is thecover of Newsweek magazine hitting newsstands now, and it talksabout "Fear & the Flu: The New Age of Pandemics." This is whatpeople are concerned about. What's the very latest on how badthis is?DR. BESSER: Well, this is a rapidly evolving situation with, witha lot of uncertainty. The, the good news is that each day we'relearning a lot about this virus and, and what it's doing both here,in Mexico and, and around the globe. And we're starting to seesome encouraging signs, and, and that's good, but our approachhas to be aggressive. With a new infectious disease you may

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