Taking America's pulse on 2012
What do voters really think about the candidates?
- Duration 7:48
- Date May 25, 2012
What do voters really think about the candidates?
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Hello I'm Frank Luntz and tonight we'll be doing something that -- only see right here on Fox News we're bringing the politicians straight to the people for a very special look at the 2012 elections and much more.
We've assembled a group of energize voters Republicans and Democrats.
And they'll come face to face with a political leaders that you sent to Washington to represent you.
And when you put real people with real politicians sparks will fly now we're gonna be using these dials and you may have seen it at home.
I would ask you to turn it up or down based whether you agree or disagree based on whether it's persuasive for not persuasive.
Higher that you lines go the more favorable the reaction if you turn it down it needs it you don't like it the Red Line of the Republicans in the group.
The -- -- of the Democrats in the group and before we get to the politicians we're joined by a truly great American Sean Hannity.
He's in charge this like the first time that -- actually this is so dangerous you and I.
Are gonna give our case for Mitt Romney and I want to go first -- -- -- -- you should thousand go to fifty.
And I'm gonna try to win as many -- -- and Sean we'll try to win but we only have one minute each to do it.
There's so much division and partisanship in Washington.
That if we don't change now.
The next four years could be even worse than the last four.
-- know the unemployment.
No with a deficit no with the debt and it's getting worse.
If you believe in accountability we actually have to vote for every believe in integrity.
We actually have to stand up for.
A lot of people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008.
Because they want to change and they voted for the right reasons.
Teach you really get the change that you were expecting.
We don't need this division we need someone who was a problem -- Barack Obama is a great communicators.
He's had three and a half years and at a certain point you have to say that's long enough.
There's no such thing as perfection in American politics but Mitt Romney has the record.
Job creation as governor.
He's done what needs to be done.
Let's give him a chance.
Ever go back to fifty -- are delighted to make the case yes.
If I was governor Romney this is the case I'd make -- the American people.
Are you all of you and your friends and your family and you neighbors and you grandmothers and your grandfather's.
Are you better off than you war for years ago.
Is America better off than it was five trillion dollars in debt a -- because that's what president Barack Obama has given us.
This is going to be a comparison election.
Barack Obama promised to cut the deficit in half he's given us five trillion in debt the largest deficits the greatest amount of debt in any president in US history.
The president believes -- more government.
Mitt Romney believes in less government.
He wants to have less regulation.
Mitt Romney wants to repeal obamacare Mitt Romney believes in the individual the question is.
Which direction is the right direction for our future do you believe the government is the answer to our problems.
I would argue vote for President Obama.
If you believe in the power the individual to get up in the morning.
And take care of themselves and take care of their families and work hard and play by the rules and pay their taxes and have limited government.
And I believe that this choice could not be it.
More clear okay -- to be voted for Barack Obama 2008.
How tell me your reaction to the two of us did either of us make the case.
I think both of you actually make the case.
-- I I'm not going to vote for Barack Obama and the next election.
Because I'm not happy with the way things are going right now and I think somebody like Romney.
Who knows -- out of business.
And has experience in governments he was -- -- let's say he wasn't got.
Did you go from -- -- I did.
Going to go -- Romney this this time around.
What I'd like to see from Romney is more.
Specific issues and get away from the tax and spend that the typical boilerplate arguments that it made every four years.
Break out of the box.
Do something a little more dynamic don't kiss babies be more dynamic but what.
What would would you want from him because this is I think this is really important he says either repeal Obama care.
I think that's important he says you know lower taxes.
-- gonna you know do very specific things what what else would you want him to do.
It's a street specific exit strategy for all wars I think that's.
Part of you guys agree -- that.
My guess turnout at a sensitive -- and I'm gonna -- is already set right so -- Did you go for Obama in 2008 -- yes -- did you plan -- -- from 2012 yes Iowa.
Did either of us say anything that would remotely connect to you.
How we should worry about the taxes.
Don't go into further -- But I just remember a time when we had Bill Clinton when he came and it was a similar situation and not this exact same but it was similar.
And we gave him for years people were a little bit happy even four more years after that.
Everything was good.
And we -- bush and -- on the down side but Bill Clinton after two years changed.
And he said the Arab big government's over and he the end of welfare as we know the one thing that that's kind of saddens me about this president.
Is I think he's radical in his beliefs and he's shown no willingness to change its right.
-- -- pullout that's upset about what would you say -- what you're right what do you think is very Obama doesn't suck this thing that he doesn't think is right.
He -- the posting an ethical poll and -- here's a question but if we hit this is serious five trillion.
Each -- let me give you quote when somebody that we get a quote but you Barack Obama -- July of 2008.
Before the election 2008 actually said.
That George Bush was unpatriotic.
Taking a credit card to the bank of China in the name of our kids and grandkids.
And George Bush -- given us four trillion dollars in new debt in eight years Obama's given us five trillion in.
In three and a half nobody complain too much portable when humidor was what I did I.
Not really of course it was okay should I complain a lot -- anyone who knew Obama knew that he was but it's not really true because out of fort.
The the four -- that George Bush.
Gave us what's on top of spending the surplus that we had so he actually joy went all our -- war I want to save -- That's what this little bit and a little more -- My biggest -- Romney is I am not convinced that he is as serious about cutting the deficit and spending as actually that we need and you know it is sixteen trillion dollars and you say.
The five trillion -- Barack Obama added and Romney's budget Romney's plans to me don't make mean.
Jump and excitement for cutting spending in makes -- almost seem like it's similar to -- call and I want to be persuaded.
That he will cut -- Either you last comment.
This is really hard at it you know -- and my biggest complaint now good beyond I think the good the president and his government have -- -- pretty.
Ideological -- radical way.
When Republicans say.
That we've got to get a hold of entitlements we get and -- Paul Ryan throwing grandma over the cliff we've got Iraq so let's give Sean Hannity and a playoff.