Was Obama gay marriage shift political?
Aftermath of president's announcement
- Duration 5:35
- Date May 15, 2012
Aftermath of president's announcement
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There is new fallout on this Tuesday morning from the president's recent announcement that he supports gay marriage an issue that could figure prominently.
Into the presidential election today.
New polls suggest most of the voters surveyed in fact 67%.
Believe his decision was politically motivated.
President discussing the hot button social issue on the -- today explaining how he arrived at the decision.
You don't part of that was also -- just knowing friends and family.
People that I've gotten to know who had these wonderful relationships.
And they say to me you know what the words matter so even though you're a strong supporter of civil unions.
-- somehow it still says were different.
And and and that your particular.
So the conversations that I -- is ultimately what led you to this conclusion.
And then again there was Joseph Biden who sort of forced the president had.
Joining us now Rich Lowry the editor of the national review also a Fox News contributor 67%.
When you get 67% of people.
Saying something in a poll that is significant that's two thirds of the people think this announcement was made for political reasons.
-- the first indication at this wasn't going to be grateful for the president John was that was on page a seventeen and -- New York Times and not just on a seventeen.
Below the fold and a seventeen say really had -- hunt for this thing and that's 67%.
Numbers very stark and as a sign that that the roll out.
Just didn't play well because everyone assumed that he is forced into it by Jill Biden which was really the truth and any immediately heads out.
To fund raiser is in Hollywood and up here in and New York City.
With a bunch of celebrities so when people they tend to be a little cynical and I look at this and the say this is all about politics I think it was more about politics that he.
Was hiding his real position on this issue for so long but in any case it hasn't played well.
Right because in that poll people were asked do you think Morocco bomb is -- -- does does president Obama's.
Support of same sex marriage make you more or less likely to vote for him.
The indication that there there's a big number 67%.
Think he did it for political reasons 26%.
But it makes them less likely to want to vote for him 16% say it makes hit them.
More likely to want to vote for him 57%.
Say it's not a matter but it's -- -- Loss we have come not not a huge difference but Gallup found a similar result among people who say -- those can be affected by this it hurts them a little bit more.
Then it helps them and I think that makes sense I think that's also true on the electoral oral.
Map you know it -- juice up his numbers a little bit more in New York if that's possible.
But in those swing states in the midwest we have a lot of white working class voters like Ohio.
An Iowa it makes his job a little harder and I just think generally the optic John.
When you're not talking about the economy people are wondering why is present United States are you bringing this up and shoving this -- -- at this time only have.
Eight point 1% unemployment.
Yeah it did seem a little strange and the economy according these polls is still the number one issue of people were asked.
About Mitt Romney vs President Obama when it comes to their handling of the economy I think we have those poll numbers Korea.
They were asks.
You know head to head Mitt Romney vs President Obama and here in the number.
It is the economy getting better 36% getting -- 24%.
Staying the same.
Not good numbers again if you're trying to win more.
Reelection yeah and as a key numbers -- expect that that basically stagnant situation we have right now.
And that the economy just overwhelmingly.
Going to be the main issue in this election and if unemployment were 5% John I believe Barack Obama could perform game there exists in probably still.
The re -- sell it this is why.
Over and Natalie have a debate about jobs and why you had Obama hitting Mitt Romney on his credentials as a job creator.
Starting this week with that anti -- and now only 7% of the people said that.
Gay marriage was their number one issue that -- that anti -- -- really what is.
Which is what it is is that effective.
As superficially it as you know when you have workers 5060 years old saying there out of a job their livelihood -- -- -- -- -- heart -- just on a human level.
I think once you get -- beyond a superficial level Mitt Romney has a pretty good story to tell because for every.
Suppose a bad story you have a good story even the steel industry.
Bain Capital helped fund at the beginning what is now one of the biggest steel companies in the United States do you look at that steel company that went on here.
Dayne did everything he could to make it work funny and private -- we doesn't go into these companies to have them fail and fall part.
In their hands -- as a massive reinvestment and plant and equipment.
And it just didn't work out the way it did for many steel companies and that period -- does devastated and it and 2002000 and -- had been gone from Bain Capital for two years at he had yet -- he was off rescuing the -- that's right he left in 1999 and this company went under it and 2001 and again -- had it for seven years says they didn't go win.
And to salute the place and disappear as a good faith effort to make it work.
They didn't succeed at at that but that's what happens in the private sector economy not every scene and not every -- -- -- is gonna succeed all right Rich Lowry from the national review rich.