Alan speaks with DNC Vice Chair and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak about the Republican presidential campaigns.
- Duration 10:46
- Date Jan 28, 2012
Alan speaks with DNC Vice Chair and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak about the Republican presidential campaigns.
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Welcome back -- -- mayor RT right Baghdad DNC vice -- mayor of Minneapolis with the mayor thank you went on the program tonight -- -- I am very happy to do it thank -- so -- what do you make of this Republican field -- seems to me is on new headed.
It was it was a big moment for him or should have been last night you really needed to break through and I think Romney had -- superb performance in the end debate last night.
Oh yeah totally interesting Powell.
How Newt didn't you know I'm I'm -- I'm Michael wedding -- tree on the Democrats are.
It is -- need to add you know every time you get to a lot it's a little bit.
-- and so we didn't do a whole lot last night but you know that's just me -- ringside seats.
Like they care that you may be saying some of the same things are Republicans are so I think about him.
Is there a preference in terms of who Democrats want to run against.
Well you know to be honest with you I guess I have to say that you know Romney seemed to be their toughest one but.
As all of that this started to come out and certainly all this stuff and it's tax returns and all of sort of smoke there -- kind of -- -- -- you know the whole campaign chose a little bit out of touch will be I think we're very comfortable with the president -- -- we've been working since the beginning -- especially now Israel focused on the board things like middle class help for instance today at Michigan.
Talking about making college affordable will put that middle class agenda up against.
-- -- -- You know club but we I guess I would consider pretty out of touch agenda.
Any day of the week and that I think one of the things that's happened is that all this stuff keeps coming out about Romney's.
It's just really.
Crystallizes this whole idea we want people would succeed in America we just want a level playing field and why should a person with that kind of -- pay a lower tax rates -- -- -- -- -- -- Someone brought up on a -- -- few minutes ago you know -- -- the secretaries of State of the Union Address.
And yet she pays a 30% he pays 15%.
But history he pays on investment income she's paying on salary so is there not a difference.
Between -- -- you know one at one is -- job with a salary.
The other is investment income that was already been made it.
We do anything in the tax code has some rationale for you know there's a lot of crazy -- -- -- -- attacks Colby can easily -- -- -- -- -- pump up investments.
I get that.
But really stop and think about it depending how I I still think we figured out how much money -- Grammy cast but it's it's a boatload.
So why should he be paying lower taxes and -- why should Warren Buffett.
I I feel I think there's an incentive here -- -- to try to get people to invest but how's that -- -- of -- not too well right into you know I think this whole idea that somehow it all trickles down.
Would be nice theory but don't giving it -- -- -- select Warren Buffett's secretary.
Taylor left -- -- Warren -- paid a little more.
Well consider it a little -- a lot of that the people who are arguing for lower taxes.
Forget that we are under the bush tax rates still and then we have the lowest actually since Harry Truman and then where are the if that would to create jobs.
You would think lower taxes would create jobs that hasn't happened since bush was president so that argument goes right at the -- and isn't.
Well absolutely does -- -- we went back to the progressive tax code of that great liberal wide eyed radical Ronald Reagan -- would we would have a whole lot less debt problem and people would be have a lot more directly out there.
Like I think the idea is that you know and all these debates I've heard all sorts of stuff from from these Republican candidates.
But I haven't heard a single economic period it any different than what George Bush.
Did which is to say that somehow if we can't tax -- for them to the very very -- It was somehow magically create jobs well that's what wound up with an economy that crashed.
That was hemorrhaging 750000.
Jobs a month and the president took over.
We're now back to 22 straight -- the private sector job growth so I'll take that any day of the week over going back to the battle days.
Another president was pitch perfect on the State of the Union Address and I thought it's I actually set -- that a Republican -- -- given that speech what I meant was.
It was very bipartisan.
It didn't seem ideological and all and I didn't know what.
The Republicans could really objective certainly here and -- the may have been a -- -- -- but.
Basically he was not doing -- left -- left wing ideological speech I authority or people try to characterize him as some kind of radical leftist he certainly not govern that way.
No it you know it's kind of funny not my job and then you know -- revving up the democratic base would be a lot easier sometimes if it.
Yeah whenever they are my thing is getting progressives and people who thought he was the left wing messiah out to the voting Booth this program.
As you know that the reality is that -- -- Obama throughout his whole career has never been.
An extremist he's been somebody -- brought people together he definitely believes.
That we need to spend a lot of time helping those who have lot of -- to help Detroit teammates.
-- -- you know they both came out of a great education both you know.
Came -- Harvard Law School and Romney chose to take that to make an enormous amount of money that's his right -- Obama.
Chose to instead of making a bunch of money go back into neighborhoods where people were are suffering and working any -- you know worked with people.
-- put down for being a so called community organizer so was Jesus by the way the -- probably given you're gonna.
Yeah yeah I mean I mean the fact the matter is President Obama had an amazing was you know kind of -- Harvard Law Review for gosh -- He had a lot of opportunity bankable lot of money and he could have been camp ammonium specific bank accounts and came around the -- -- -- that.
But instead he would back and worked with people and I like that my president because in tough times.
What a president who wasn't born you know.
Clubs certain things he had a triple you know -- raised by a single mom who struggled he went to college just pick up his college loans a few years ago.
-- That's why you know what he's given up there and didn't think about making college affordable today.
He's not talking about some abstract thing you written a book at him which is why it's their college -- to make it.
Where do you think the president's most vulnerable.
I think you know that this is one of those things that was somebody says like what -- weakness police -- -- too -- or something but I do think this is one of the things.
The good things that he is -- have been pretty broad.
He's done a lot.
And it's tough to kind of put all that together like what I often say as I use that Reagan line.
Are you better off in four years ago and you know four years ago were hemorrhaging 750000.
Jobs a month that we're stuck in Iraq and the auto industry is about to collapse and now we -- in the economy in the right direction and million more cars were made we have thirty million.
Get the other side misrepresent me and saying there was a government takeover -- government motors.
And he wants equal outcomes and they're saying a whole bunch of things that he didn't want me want to go back to 1967 borders and Israel.
I had to fight tonight today on the Fox News Channel -- the conservative radio host.
You know they keep -- were misrepresenting what Israel in spite of the fact that -- Kostis came at a forum that I mean that Netanyahu actually praised him at the UN.
Is -- record keeps getting misrepresented.
And it drives me crazy Romney did it -- just the other night on Israel at the debate last night whether it's Israel or other issues they are not accurately presenting.
And I guess when -- one on one debates he'll be able to set the record -- Yeah -- their job is to present the record but you know -- Maybe -- -- pedestrian to your question what's the biggest threat.
The biggest threat may be that people who believe in the -- and understand and think this is some kind of a spectator sport.
Is Obama's in this is about the and that the fact the matter is.
I'm Barack Obama didn't win the last election and he'd be the first to tie the people who won the election where millions of people who had one on one conversations are -- radio shows or whatever.
And talked about this he can get up and give this speech that we don't we're in a different kind of world is that like everybody's watching three networks now what we gotta do these people have to -- -- and tell the story so look if you're one of those thirty million people who have health care including the 2.5 million.
Young people including my son who's on my health care for the heat who you know get -- of -- -- and tell your story.
If your -- with a preexisting condition.
And you get health care.
Tell somebody who thinks it's quote unquote obamacare thank you Obama care that I actually can be health -- you -- -- got to tell these stories of -- somebody who.
Whose child would be -- in Iraq or you would be in Iraq and their home if you're an auto worker.
-- make and one of those million more cars because the president had the guts to take a risk gonna tell your story and I think the biggest threat to their proper -- -- talent.
What I find so remarkable laugh and say this is that Republicans -- very convincing people to vote against their own best interest somehow -- and -- those policies are better for the because maybe they aspire to be rich one day and think comes somehow Democrats and get in the way of those ambitions.
Well you know four years Republicans have been casting Democrats.
He has people who are just about you know -- put out this term entitlement society.
That's baloney now I do think that Democrats play into that and the fact of the matter is.
You know as the mayor of this city and I work with -- all around the country where on the ground investing in small business -- that's important but mostly -- regulation -- -- the business.
Work it's like people are are I think -- this is you know that former Soviet Union or something.
You know when Romney for instance talked about -- Obama's gonna turn this into a European style economy.
So that's not what Obama's turn around these -- weren't receptive to the West Bank account.
Yeah I'll let the whole method that -- mean that somehow the presence not one of us sees more of -- European he's he's not from here is -- a different point of view he's not.
Doesn't have the American mindset I mean this is part of that hole.
Mean what -- about him is not one of us he's he's some from some other world to drive me crazy.
Well you know one of the things about it is is that.
-- Barack Obama is the first president of the United States who is African Americans but Barack Obama also.
Is it was raised by hand is.
Is his mother's son it's his grandparents this grandchild.
And they really -- -- the guy's got.
If you really sort of look at -- work and read what he's written and listen to him.
It's a whole lot of campus and this guy and a whole lot of middle American common sense that speech he gave me cancer which was.
I that's really in its simplicity and clarity which was really about the fact.
That he just said what we really want -- America is a fair deal.
We knew we don't want people game in the system now that's been a radical step there and that's the American way and I don't think it's still there -- American.
For somebody need to be game in the system and making boatloads of money -- their -- Before I wanna see -- to the tax records because if you -- -- when I'm just -- up against him heartbreak you're gonna thank you very much on the program -- over talked again as the campaign goes on or are.