Obama surrogates straying off campaign message?
Debate over attacks on Romney's business record
- Duration 4:32
- Date Jun 1, 2012
Debate over attacks on Romney's business record
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You're inside America's election headquarters and here's an interesting not hit some more high profile Democrats are breaking ranks with the president over his campaign attacks on governor Romney's record.
At Bain Capital firm that he used to head.
Former President Bill Clinton actually complemented the governor on his success in the private sector listen.
I don't think that we ought to get in the position where we say this is bad work this is good work.
I think however the real issue ought to be.
What as governor Romney advocated in the campaign.
That he will do as president.
What is President Obama done and what does he propose to do.
How did these things stack up against each other and that's the most relevant thing there's no question that -- to get that -- office and you know.
Basically performing -- essential functions of the office a man has been governor had a sterling business career crosses that -- -- -- A sterling business career he says this follows other democratic surrogate to seem to have strayed from the Obama message -- well.
Cory Booker the mayor of Newark, New Jersey -- raised eyebrows after saying attacks on Romney's time at Maine -- to him quote negotiating.
Meantime Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick while focusing his attacks on Romney's political record said quote.
Bain is a perfectly fine company.
So let's talk about it -- radio talk show host Monica Crowley Fox News contributor.
Alan Colmes is with us as well the host of the Alan Colmes show welcome to both of you don't it each other hello I'm -- carrier closer -- next.
Have that you know little -- we got to partition.
All right let's get it under a glass of frame maybe the cone -- silence Monica it's one thing but we're gonna talk about Bill Clinton in a minute but Deval Patrick -- -- the president are like me.
It's very tight so is Corey Booker very close to the president look.
It's interesting when any presidential candidate or -- or campaign team sends out surrogates because.
You know you can only control them to a certain extent in -- -- against have their own interest they have their own views that may not necessarily be those of the president and in this case.
I think you see a lot of Democrats those you just mentioned and there are others who night might be a little more wary about speaking out.
Who really refused to accept this wholesale.
Attack on capitalism which is what president Obama's essentially running on and a -- point out that Mitt Romney surrogates are former candidates who.
Beat the hell out of them for months and months and said he couldn't be president could wind didn't deserve it and and was not qualified to be -- -- -- -- around these birds are running surrogate but I don't think -- -- -- -- not a person that what about the not liberal media.
That want to play divide and conquer let's put.
Space between Obama and everybody -- -- to -- aren't the media these are Obama facing exactly I don't buy the notion that they are somehow.
Saying something other than Obama saying because the media I think is getting it wrong they're not putting down capitalism not even putting them Bain Capital -- simply saying.
That because Mitt Romney ran a company and did well made a lot of money wait a second but doesn't make him.
Necessarily the best.
Candidate for present that it thinks that's what the issue is that about the -- may not you need to do.
President that's the -- then what qualified Barack Obama in 2000 a day to be president of the united they -- by the way.
This campaign this election is gonna be a referendum on Barack Obama does not going to be a referendum on Mitt Romney opened his leadership at -- or his leadership -- governor -- on the economy isn't.
Is about this man's record which of course he cannot run on which is why he stuck demonizing him and Bain Capital and private equity here that.
Monica Crowley says he doesn't want Mitt Romney she doesn't want -- -- -- she does not want him to run -- odds this year right.
There's a -- to run on his for record in big capital or run on.
Yet or run under governor -- -- -- you won't even talk about governor messages he won't talk please 47 the job creation why isn't he talking about his record as governor messages.
Actually do -- resilient and his team -- he talked about even as as recently as yesterday.
How as governor he brought down the Massachusetts unemployment rate from five point six to four point 7900 -- by -- way today sounds pretty good now the.
I don't anointed him because at the time the context was the national average was actually much lower than that the national average is four point 4% he was getting more unemployment in the national average his record was worth and almost every other state in the nation well let's talk about well I guess we can't talk about it if I get little laugh.
The producer I think we think we -- -- -- -- yeah.
Did but you know today's unemployment numbers not so good for the president will we'll see how at all --