Romney courts 'Clinton Democrats'
Effective political strategy for GOP candidate?
- Duration 5:36
- Date May 17, 2012
Effective political strategy for GOP candidate?
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There seems to me new strategy being employed in the race for the White House these days as governor Mitt Romney seems to be courting the so called Clinton Democrats.
With the -- about presumptive Republican nominee lavishing praise on the former president.
You can hear -- Bill Clinton's boom era centrist policies and then contrasting them with President Obama -- And that Clinton democratic voting bloc in swing states could wind up deciding this election is this a good strategy for governor Romney.
Joining us now Tucker Carlson editor of the daily caller and -- Fox News contributor.
And Marjorie Clifton former consultant to president Obama's campaign and the principle of Clifton consultant consulting welcome to both of you.
Tucker Carlson a Republican presidential nominee praising Bill Clinton did you ever hear you would ever think you would hear such a thing.
And not just a nominee bitter but someone who's recently attacked by Bill Clinton remember Clinton just cut this -- saying of Mitt Romney that he wouldn't have killed Osama bin Laden.
And -- he cut on behalf of Barack Obama so you have to swallow a lot of your Mitt Romney to complement a guy would do that to you.
And yet it makes sense I mean that the bottom line fact is.
The clintons particularly Hillary Clinton are more popular with a lot of working class Democrats right now then.
Obama is especially in swing states places like Arkansas West Virginia it's overwhelming so it it does -- -- kind of sense.
All right so.
The -- of the fact that.
So -- -- -- to President Clinton when he was in office at least a great many of them did.
Does he risk Marjorie does he risk alienating.
Republican voters in in a bid to attract independent.
Well this entire thing -- a little bit preposterous because in January 2011 President Obama came out -- -- President Reagan.
For some of his policies in the way that he managed the presidency.
I can't imagine that they thought out of the tactic to drive a wedge between the Republican Party can win independent.
In the same way if I went out and said I loved Tucker Carlson he's one of the most amazing people that's not gonna win me all men wearing pink -- tied.
Then it -- then there's not a categorical thing and I think that old but that's not that's actually not true I think that's got to go along well it went -- -- talk you down.
I may -- about a man played a bit but in all seriousness I mean the idea that him.
Praising Clinton President Clinton is gonna win not voting bloc is it a little bit I mean let's give -- a little bit more credit in their critical thinking about the timing the strategy behind it.
And you know as as Tucker pointed out.
Right now it's it's it's it's sort of but it it I don't think that this that -- -- is going to it to win the Republican Party as well he's RD.
Romney's RD on a little bit of soft -- with those ultra conservative fiscal cushion towards the middle and made mailing and look a little bit more reasonable but I don't think that that's gonna win that group.
But those conservatives aren't gonna vote for President Obama are they Tucker.
-- know that they're not and -- it's it's been an amazing turnaround actually of course we took many months.
And a lot of -- -- in bitter argument before Romney sewed up the nomination and yet the second he did.
He got 90% of at least according to polls of Republicans behind him that's a function of their dislike.
For President Obama I would say -- of course it's true that he's not gonna win a lot of Democrats with this line of argument.
But there are -- there's a specific demographic there's a specific group -- sought in the 2008 election.
Of partisan Democrats who really actually don't like President Obama so much take a look at -- returns again and West Virginia and Arkansas take a look at the democratic primaries in those states this year.
There are a lot of disaffected Democrats they do like Clinton much more than Obama and -- can -- some off.
We took a look at the numbers of independent voters who went.
For the various candidates back in 92.
And in 96 you had a Ross Perot in this race in 1992 President Clinton got 38%.
In that 1996.
The president got 43%.
Of them which may be why.
You're hearing this line from Mitt Romney.
Go ahead -- -- -- -- I would and I would add -- just me looking at -- the policies.
Obama's policies in Clinton's policies especially on social matters like same sex marriage or equal and fair pay this is our I should pay taxes rather.
This is a far more their their policies are far more complementary than they are different and I you don't -- say -- -- bring president of duke who instituted Don't Ask Don't Tell is very much in line with the president who says gay marriage is okay.
The well one of his premiere platforms was fairness to the gay population and so that is out -- from a social standpoint more light.
And Mitt Romney who says this is destroying the fabric of American families so that's I mean that's a little bit diverging and and you know when you talk about the things that.
Romney supporting him on there's more -- on in the Clinton administration and -- then the Obama administration.
And there is in the Romney administration and from a strategic standpoint you have to look at -- Bill Clinton went after her Obama ferociously during the 2008 elections.
That still did not do anything to really divide Democrats in the end and they still won the election all right Marjorie Tucker.
It's Marjorie Clifton and because.
A man alive I can't wait for trying to.
Thank you both went -- It says she -- Tucker's tie that potentially could -- through the nets did that was really for such a -- came over him look like you're becoming friends are right we'll see what happens there have been.