US Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R) of Tennessee was Friday's guest. Here are excerpts from his remarks:
"I haven't seen that evidence."
"It is not where it needs to be. The other day, we had an airplane that was 2 minutes 38 seconds out from hitting the Capitol.... Our response was pretty good."
On whether he is being groomed to run for president:
"It is not a goal of mine. I am a heart- and lung-transplant surgeon ... and that's my life. My intention is to serve in the ... Senate for 12 years and then return to Nashville."
"The decision is John Kerry's. [But] I don't think the people of Massachusetts are being adequately represented on the floor of the Senate with him missing [so many sessions]."
"As a physician, you don't want to give undue hope or over-promise therapy to patients.... It is a disservice, and I would say ethically irresponsible to overpromise on research. [With] Alzheimer's, that's what happening. If you listed 20 promising research efforts [for Alzheimer's], stem-cell wouldn't be there. Yet, in the mind of the American people, you would put it No. 1. That is overpromising."