Focus on economy in presidential race
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 6:12
- Date May 15, 2012
All-Star panel weighs in
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Putting out that spending fire.
He's been feeding it.
He has spent more.
And -- more.
Its hottest job for a president a leader who will leave I will lead us out of this debt and spending inferno.
Joseph has a bit as.
They were expressing says don't compare me to to deal might mighty compare maybe the alternative.
And I think what you'll see in this campaign is two very different visions about how we move the country -- I believe we've got invest in things like education.
Making college affordable science and technology.
The rebuilding our roads rebuilding the country.
Well two -- laying out their vision and an economic battle field lies ahead over the next few months ahead of the election.
New poll out from USA today Gallup and the question.
Was four years from now do you think the US economy will be better or worse in the UC under President Obama.
And -- you see under Mitt Romney.
In Obama under Obama there are numerous pulls out obviously asking very different questions.
But we're back with our panel the politics of this clearly -- the economy will -- the day in all of the messaging on both sides and we're starting to get this sense.
Of where both camps will be.
No question and I think what we're seeing in in this poll and another polls of voters are giving.
Mitt Romney the benefit of the doubt without even really knowing what his plans are exactly.
In those same polls come we're finding that almost a third of voters aren't quite sure exactly what his plan -- program is that they're still giving him higher ratings than.
Via -- ministries -- which is exactly why this White House this Obama reelection team it.
Is in a furious.
Scramble here to try and define Mitt Romney before people's views of him.
-- hard and they're trying to explain his business experience what they say is not a job creating thing they're trying to.
Over the next couple months really before the Republican Convention this summer trying to define him to try and bring some of those numbers down but -- Right now at this point they like someone that they're not exactly sure about Mitt Romney more than they like President Obama who's of course fully defined.
How did you do you sense a a different feeling in the White House about and the campaign about Mitt Romney's stance right now we're stance but I.
I don't sense a different sense I mean these I think the advisors to this president have always known -- this is going to be.
A tight election the only thing that perhaps having worries some of them I speak to them.
Privately is that it's been a couple.
Good weeks and months for this president he's -- some accomplishments and he's still.
At this position in a poll after a tough summer after he sort of hit quite a bit from the other side.
How is he going to be -- but I think they've always known it's going to be a very tough election look at the economy may see the same numbers -- everyone else does Charles.
Let me say in response to -- the president -- in that clip.
Have never been tempted to compare Obama to god almighty.
But I'm glad that he's urging me and others not to -- -- I think he's chosen certain humility.
-- refreshing in this presidency.
Look I think it's very clear from the -- you showed.
That Romney has this advantage ten points on the economy as you say it's a question that doesn't ask are you better off than you work.
The classic -- into question -- where you'll be in four years that's a much stronger positive funeral Romney.
And I think you think -- I think Jeff is right he said -- yet.
Undefined if you rational voter who what exactly is he proposing that will get -- out of London and improve the economy and the answer probably be a blank.
But I think it shows you what the other pose of showing you when you run a generic Republican against Obama.
The generic going to easily handle -- -- when you -- a real Republican with a name on him.
He doesn't do that well so to the extent that Romney remains generic to the route to the extent that he isn't a negative.
And that the Obama -- negative campaign against him but doesn't work.
As long as he -- on the economy explains what he's going to do.
And runs almost exclusively on that he can win and I think he's got discipline.
And I would even -- -- donuts and this solidity to stay on that right to the end -- despite all the energy needed to get off sexy and interesting I think.
That's the worst thing he should do Steve.
More fox polls out tomorrow new fox pulls out tomorrow we've seen a number of polls CBS New York Times.
As Mitt Romney -- there's some questions and concerns from the Democrats about the methodology in that poll but overall you're within the margin for error and all of these -- Yeah I mean I think the Romney campaign has to be very pleased to emerge from what what everybody acknowledges was a bloody primary and find himself basically even with the president.
And better on some of these key economic numbers I disagree with Charles about the way that he needs to run his campaign he cannot afford to focus only on the economy despite the fact.
That so many voters are telling pollsters again and again that -- -- it's the most significant issue there are other issues that rank up high -- and among them debt and deficits and it's one of the reasons that I was.
Encouraged by the speech that he gave today where he spent time talking about.
Debt and deficits and not focusing just on unemployment numbers and things that no doubt matter to voters but.
It's got to be a bigger argument has to be a bigger case the American public and it has to be about leadership and you heard.
Mitt Romney say today.
We need a leader in this country I think it's a good argument form -- the.
Debt and deficits over enough part of the economy.
They live it's a separate issue so.
I a disagreement doesn't really exist and he's exactly right the weakest element of the Obama economic plan.
Here's what is good government debt and deficits and that's an argument about the future on which Obama and loses.
So Romney precisely because of debt and deficits and second you think this is a big issue campaign right now has its framing.
I think it is a big issue campaign it's a much bigger than other ones we've seen certainly much better than me it.
In 2000 campaign I think it is about very.
Difference big differences how they would handle the economy spending size of government that -- -- -- to.