Can President Obama Win Pennsylvania in 2012?
Power Panel weighs on reelection effort in the Keystone State
- Duration 6:30
- Date Dec 2, 2011
Power Panel weighs on reelection effort in the Keystone State
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-- -- new report is out saying the president's reelection effort may come down to one group of working class voters.
In one key battleground state.
The bad news for the president they are the same group of voters he was talking about when he said this during the 2008 presidential election.
Turning now for -- debate -- web hosted the David -- show on series XM patriot and co-founder of the Tea Party 365.
Sally -- founder of movement vision dot org and Hank -- cuff.
Democratic strategist for the Clinton gore campaign among many other accomplishments in the political field -- I guess -- thank you all so much for being here.
That this suggestion is that.
White working class voters in particular state of Pennsylvania are critical to him because he's got to win Pennsylvania if he wants to win the presidency Hank is that -- Absolutely he's got to win Pennsylvania is -- -- Michigan he's gonna win Ohio he's when former Rust Belt states and he's got to find common enemy.
For the blue collar white men particularly to.
To join with him and say the other -- worse how does does that he wins how does he do that because he's RD and painting Republicans as to you know who to favor to the reaction and not a technical -- dead dead dead middle class and the -- And yet right now only 32% of white working class voters in Pennsylvania say the president deserves what election -- the facts are he can do it it's not about blaming the other guys it's finding one other guy to blame.
In what will probably be the bloodiest political campaign we've seen since 1980.
No more hope and change on the message when it comes to Sally.
Actually from -- I think it's an offer from Scranton the reality is is they.
-- and an Allentown voters -- screen like the rest of the country aren't stupid they know the economy was going sour long before Obama took office.
And incidentally no it was going sour because of the policies passed and pushed and continuing to be pushed.
So they aren't they realize it's gonna take awhile to get out of this hole.
And again you can't beat something with nothing.
And right now they realize that the candidates are being run up and we'll all but 33% or more of the same thirty -- percent say -- he deserves reelection.
And the others don't feel that way but let's not forget again his approval ratings may be low and and people are frustrated and should be frustrated and this isn't bad economy and people -- right to be angry.
But their disapproval ratings for Republicans in congress and Republicans in general are even higher that's it does not bode well you -- -- a lot from the -- -- about the disapproval ratings of congress that -- -- in the tank.
But the question is whether that will that what are.
The GOP presidential nominee and he will be will be -- in Allentown Pennsylvania he's white working class voters and in Pennsylvania.
Prefer a Mitt Romney prefer a Newt Gingrich to a President Obama.
Well you -- -- it in order to really look at this you've got to take the party labels out and look at Pennsylvania and I've done a lot of work there -- state legislative levels.
It's a very libertarian -- in state you've got.
A governor that's a Republican both houses that are Republicans.
The Republicans controlled.
Legislatively fifty for the 67 counties.
It's a libertarian state would leans toward smaller government more independents more that rugged individualism that is Americans.
And they have a lot of conflicts in that state they're not -- solutions this is in Philly.
Go out to Western Pennsylvania go out west on I 76.
Get to the suburbs like Wayne's -- outside of Pittsburgh those are the areas where you find this Hank.
Why you know -- last time around President Obama won Pennsylvania -- Even though he had made those remarks about the clinging which were so controversial -- that they didn't know about those remarks there there was a big deal that was a big deal that campaign.
So why are we believe that it means that -- one of the same way this time they -- -- Alec remarks he made that persuaded to reporters but he could still in Pennsylvania.
Apps and still win Pennsylvania he ought to be up nights praying that Newt Gingrich is the nominee because he can -- his -- them on -- attempts in 95 and six to cut Medicare to cut education.
To cut in private which gives them the sportsman.
The blue -- people or out of work and all the people in Pennsylvania is the most rapidly -- state in the country my money and that once on Barack Obama in that state.
Pray for -- and that's what -- unless you.
You can't argue with is you go out I sent me six and you see the billboard so -- from the coal industry.
Fraud in the northern areas and -- rather between West Virginia Pennsylvania you look at those areas those are voters to.
They have turned an agenda and libertarian streak -- All that and -- Will be at the same questions southern Ohio is that's like the old Johnny Carson show who India trusted should be whom but it's -- who who would -- hate.
To -- the eight more who -- less who do you trust war you -- the -- -- with the facts are Pennsylvania I yeah I actually kind of mr.
Graham both levels of Fred bought the Democrat leaning state right -- -- very open minded state and frankly to write -- not a.
No -- it's constantly -- Play -- -- -- that's true but in terms of registrations but look the larger point is let's go back to the sentiment that the president said.
Before it was president I meaning that hasn't had -- not clean part of it.
It's it's the bitter part it's the frustrated part -- the fact of the matter is they want to see a president.
Who hasn't been in touch enough with that frustration with anger because they are look I was just home for Thanksgiving people who might how people want -- Good devastated the economy has been going back for a long time we lost -- overseas we.
It's -- Paris and they want has -- each and they want to -- a president who is gonna use the power of government.
Not to keep doubting that it clearly is not keep giving handouts to the top 1% but to rebuild the economy -- for working people and everything I think.
I'm not sure I think there's some truth of what the other side of this is very simple Western Pennsylvania for look at the data is a place for people to hate would update.
Don't -- people government they keep flip in the government over the can Allegheny County.
They loved to hate people make taxes they hate taxes they people who wouldn't.
Until -- effort it's a great place -- I I don't.
The pocket of big government president Ali would keep I don't think it.
That libertarian streak like I said I've testified in Pennsylvania for different organizations -- it's Penn dot state legislative meetings.
Very libertarian leaning states small government.
And they don't like the fact that they're being told how to live their lives and by the way to Judeo Christian country you insult independence when you bring that up you know gods and guns and religion but.
He still wanted to -- are there still one is that the last thing there was as they were inclined to US.
I don't -- I -- him -- you gotta go thank you all so much time.