The presidential race is all about the economy
John Hlinko and Matt Mackowiak weigh in on the Obama and Romney attacks
- Duration 9:45
- Date Jun 1, 2012
John Hlinko and Matt Mackowiak weigh in on the Obama and Romney attacks
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Political panel will get Jon link though that president CEO of -- consulting coming on in just -- bit but right now we're joined by Austin that Mac -- react as president of Potomac strategy group LLC.
Thank you so much for being with as we appreciate your time now.
-- -- -- I'm fantastic -- -- the John Edwards verdict coming in -- yesterday really probably drew some attention away from the dueling press conferences that we had going on between the Obama camp.
And the Romney camp but can you tell us a little bit ahead to -- our viewers in a bid on it and they're attacking each other's economic records.
This is a -- economy.
Obviously -- electing -- clear.
Even though the Obama campaign wants to make this race about distractions.
But the phony war on women.
Or -- or other subjects this is gonna be about the economy today was it devastating political that they.
For the for the Obama campaign in the White House.
-- are terrible 69000 jobs created back up to eight point 2% unemployment.
The and so what what the Obama campaign trying to use species you gain experience.
In -- really that the chief qualification Iran he has.
His private sector experience against him.
Meanwhile Ronnie every day -- that votes on the economy stay very focused very disciplined messages and very clear thought it was very good yesterday that you should discipline their headquarters.
In California on the same day that.
The Obama campaign sent their top strategist David Axelrod to Boston.
But again this is a fight over defining the other candidate.
A lot of independents and moderates are not paying attention -- -- will pay attention to Labor Day.
But again defining -- -- candidate in trying to win the argument on the economy is is of primary interest.
And we did hear from governor Romney while visiting -- yesterday obviously trying to drive that message home.
But I want to bring John -- go into our conversation now because on the flip side of things we actually had David Axelrod.
And it in in Boston and -- hammering away at governor Romney's record in fact.
This is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics -- Massachusetts while Romney was in office who was number 47 out of fifty.
In the United States for job creation so you know it does this -- TR OUBLE.
Forty -- -- -- fifty people understand that at a fifty states.
He's number 47 if you were running a baseball team would you want your -- haven't -- a fiftieth best hitter -- -- played in the World Series if you're getting surgery would you want the 47.
-- fiftieth NASA doctor.
And performing a surgery of course not mean this is the key thing that Romney is trying to push and he didn't succeed.
Okay back to bring you into this conversation as well it yeah I -- you can you off -- up a little secure fence on that.
Sure John what was the -- -- Massachusetts when Romney left office you know.
Well is it you're -- when he came into office.
It was lower than the national average when he left was higher than national average unless that is -- -- that's -- no -- -- it's factually accurate.
-- upset the promise she was five point 7% when he took office it was four point six million though you -- Hot it was lower than the national average the key question is.
That have a national economy did as a whole but how did he do in comparison with the other states -- -- plus 47 out of my -- not John hang on some things.
I'm not talking with the national comments on -- the state of Massachusetts.
When go when -- took it took office.
Believe that was what 2003 because -- got like seventeen okay it doesn't want a massive -- and everybody ever point 7%.
The new rate when he left the governorship for your -- was four point 6% so.
What Romney's trying to do is say look we have eight point 2% national employment today we have four point 6% when I looked -- -- Why did the 47 states to do better than Massachusetts.
Then -- would not whether he improved a lot in a booming economy the question is how they do in comparison to the other governors and -- -- -- governor to be better apparently job creating.
Let me just interject this the southern from a Wall Street Journal article it just came out and today actually several economist based in Massachusetts said that the data that was coming out.
Reflected the State's struggling economy that was after the -- The late nineties Internet driven bubble yeah so hopefully that offers a little bit more clarification in their back.
If I can get you that Max talk a little bit about this you -- it is part of the vetting process that governor Romney has already been through went.
-- win -- and you rich and Santorum were already.
Away and then.
-- you probably already heard some of these things that it yeah -- capital and.
And we have we have -- it and that's the interesting thing is -- I think Romney dishonest it's been inoculated.
Bomb -- some of those attacks that that he's getting now Obama that he once I've -- from from new interim period.
In assisting the Obama campaign.
Started off negative.
Obama will Obama call causes they were columnist criticized among depressed of that sort of became -- -- -- negative.
And admit they've they believe it's very clear they believe that the -- Attacks that were possible was -- -- best way to take down Romney.
And I and that as of last week he was fourteen Democrats -- coming here come come forward and expressed concern about those attacks even President Clinton last night.
A defective Romney -- being so.
The main attacks what's interesting is the right about giving has moved away from that they need -- is his record -- and that's as Massachusetts governor yesterday.
They're trying different messages to see what works before they spent a lot of money and fall.
And so far I don't think they found a good message.
I -- -- spotted at him.
What are we going to be hearing from the Obama camp in the future about Romney's record at Bain Capital for -- -- here I will hear about his record of -- and we'll -- about his record as governor -- Massachusetts Mitt -- has -- the single -- What he is alleged single best quality is job creations knowing how to run an economy.
He didn't do that well.
I'm not saying he was an abject failures governor Massachusetts.
But 46 -- did better most people can even name 46 states have -- we're talking about some real basket case is doing better.
So did he had to -- unemployment rate get a little better sure but.
Look nobody did -- Bain Capital he made a lot of very wealthy people wealthy at the expense a lot of jobs and I'm sure.
Okay how does switch gears and a little bit -- guys -- switch topics.
Because yesterday a federal appeals court ruled that the defense of marriage act.
Is unconstitutional because it denies equal rights for legally married same sex couples making it likely this the Supreme Court will consider.
The politically divisive issue for the very first time.
In its next -- -- and you know President Obama recently coming out saying he didn't defend the 1996.
Loss of -- A bit of oh win in a victory for the Obama administration even.
I think it's a battle -- go on for awhile but I think though the heart of this decision.
Was why deny equal rights to two consenting adults.
And it really is no good reason.
-- -- going to be here for a while but it's it's a losing battle marriage equality will win now you could see it as people skew younger.
They're more and more supportive of this because most people just say -- -- this is stupid.
Why do we care what you people do in the privacy of their own their own home and watch and they would be afforded the same rights as all other Americans that -- It seems to -- to -- a nonissue but -- stills unfortunately an issue for about -- the country.
At what the law would deny a host of federal benefits such as filing joint tax returns are receiving survivor benefits to same sex couples.
Who were married in states that -- -- house its unions but for conservatives in particular who are against this.
And that feel like this social issue is an important wind Matt how do you think conservatives are gonna be reacting it and that near future.
Well its existing there was a graphic that was being shared on FaceBook -- that I saw.
That talked about the potential difference in the Supreme Court based on this next election.
Essentially you can -- Stevens Ginsburg and Scalia potentially all leave the court in the next term.
-- should be three -- in and invade -- a Republican president democratic president you can have a 63 liberal majority or sixty conservative majority.
Now I don't believe that gay marriages is the issue -- that conservatives and Republicans are most concerned about when it comes to -- court.
But it is interesting that that that this issue now is going to spring quarter you're gonna have a ruling on obamacare by the end of this month.
You you have a ruling on the Arizona case coming -- and so that there's no there's no there's no doubt that the he judiciary and the Supreme Court is gonna be a major issue in this campaign and if there's one reason more Republicans -- -- should unite behind Romney this one which they seem to have had done.
It's it's it's that possibility of -- -- Supreme Court vacancies on the issue of gay marriage.
You know look Obama was four and then against it then for it.
He was dragged kicking and screaming to this public position five days after his vice president took that stand on Meet the Press.
Happened due to announce his stand a day before he how he attended fundraisers in Hollywood at George Clooney's house I'm -- that.
-- he wasn't dragged kicking and screaming let's say he evolved like a lot of Americans look at the polling that Pete.
For the folks were supportive of same sex marriage in the number's been creeping up and up and up over the last few decades and people -- -- that takes time it's a new thing.
And what would it what is clear is that America regardless of which way the court does America will -- it without them for equality.
Not only go and that Recovery Act thank you so much for your time today that's all the time we've got -- is so thank you we were you actually there thank you some.