Mitt Gets Hit on Massachusetts Record
Chris Stirewalt, Ford O'Connell and David Mercer discuss Obama attacks on Romney.
- Duration 8:28
- Date Jun 12, 2012
Chris Stirewalt, Ford O'Connell and David Mercer discuss Obama attacks on Romney.
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When Mitt Romney was governor -- Want to know wanted to stay dead and eighteen billion dollars -- -- desperate person than any other statement on.
The same time Massachusetts fell to 47 in job creation of one of the worst economic records in the country.
That is the latest missile launch in the three -- salvo of attack -- from the Obama campaign that the president -- -- his reelection strategy with this one attacking Mitt Romney on his record as governor of Massachusetts.
Who knew we Dixie Democrats attacking Massachusetts.
And this is power play welcome back.
And we're very lucky today because we have -- -- your very favorites.
Together -- together again for the very first time Ford O'Connell.
You know him as chairman of Pacific -- he's a Republican strategist.
He is good fun and a good friend and here's David Mercer also good fun and a good friend he's the former deputy.
National finance director for the Democratic National Committee musical Twitter handle he stole beltway before anybody else could get it to probably gets a lot of followers have guys.
The first two rocket -- from the Obama campaign has been about a 26 million dollar swing state.
Softening up of Mitt Romney.
-- about his personal finances.
Then about his Swiss bank account.
Then that was the attack on his work -- CEO of Bain Capital.
Where -- -- he was -- -- And now they say he was also a stinky governor of Massachusetts.
So let's start with you Ford since it's the red team taking the incoming.
Massachusetts is a troublesome thing for a Republican it is not and -- For all that all -- you got there from the -- state not the most popular state in the country.
Especially among conservatives.
So this doesn't this have a double edge for Obama that he not -- -- Romney for what he says -- bad numbers.
But also reminds Republicans but remember when I was moderate up in Massachusetts.
It is a little problem but I think that you know President Obama basically is grasping at straws cannot find -- -- that sticks Romney's closing in the polls and now it wants were attacked Romney's Massachusetts record where Romney.
Lower unemployment wages were increased and he reduced a three billion dollar budget deficit.
And frankly president Obama's trying to pick holes every way possible he says Massachusetts that was eighteen billion.
-- guess what President Obama is that a sixteen -- that's what that's another and deal misguided fact that they won acclaim is out there and it's a lot.
Okay now David there's any time you attack.
You hurt yourself this is the basic rule of thumb in politics is attack ads have to be -- which are gonna pay form.
And you're not talking about money there you talking about the increase of your own negatives.
Because -- they always go -- you just are hoping that you're driving your opponents have more the president has been a very expensive very negative -- to define Mitt Romney.
In the early going so that he is he can't ever close the gap at the -- -- But is there not some danger for the president -- I mean this is part of this is a lot of means stuff work doctor hope and change.
I think it's clarifying.
The -- that Romney is put out there and the if we wanna talk about lies that he is pretty tough in terms of the year Joseph guy creator -- -- -- -- at Bain Capital or.
Being a job creator but not talking about how the state was 47 out of fifty in job creation when.
Secondly we're piggybacking on this is a new we're piggybacking off of what -- what Perry said during their owners say that lull removal vulture capitalists -- Piggybacking off Michelle Bachmann who called his his career of you know crony capitalism.
On and he's got to reckon with that we have a broader audience and we just want to make sure that what.
The Republicans have mentioned during the primary just -- -- if -- an older population out an -- about the meaning president that's not you know that's going to be okay.
He's not a new president.
I -- and he cares about firefighters and -- It's -- says.
Doesn't have a record run on both gonna have a net job and hours to go after Romney and by the way the presence -- -- -- probably Republicans are blocking in the legislature since 1950 in Massachusetts Democrats control the legislature.
And frankly in the last twenty years that that in your super majority.
And their spending habits made Pelosi and -- look like -- the bottom line is.
Mitt Romney did the best he could with a bad situation improved in when he started -- -- the job operation Massachusetts was fiftieth when he ended it was 28 now whether that's thirtieth.
47 I don't know but the ones -- get -- and it's an improvement.
You guys don't have well -- I don't know how to put out here.
I have I have a quote for you and after the Internet Internet says this.
Massachusetts and I assume that's how you -- -- -- say that.
Massachusetts also ahead about the lowest unemployment rate in the country under Romney again.
The liberals are not good at using math says Mike Carter.
And environment well and you might end.
-- -- -- -- into the national rate was low right we're in a different world now -- bush era above putting us in the ditch he's good where we lost 9% in GDP.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- That would be Mitt wrong.
And Mitt Romney made sure he was getting his federal money that that was the state legislature and that's why that was another Olympic logo wasn't it was actually in front of a business association where he was schooling -- -- had a -- like he didn't mean all the subsidies that I could choose borrowing unemployment.
Went down to four point 6% and -- bottom line is because national -- and as a low ball like I it was -- -- great well let's -- lowest job creation rate.
Along at 47 -- on the rest of the kind of -- less well I.
It's a word you're gonna sort of Louisiana and they forgot about that -- noted but -- that are much -- lower the unemployment and he dealt with the look liberal legislature that would blow your mind away.
The mere fact that he was able to do that without raising personal income tax is a credit to somebody you can take a bad situation.
An improvement you guys that according inherited bad diplomacy -- -- meters.
I was advising him are you -- with that Massachusetts legislature.
I'd be running -- Romney care.
And the provisions.
That those provide for those that have on either kids that should be -- young adult insurance.
Or those that have preexisting conditions that's what I'd be running -- For obamacare saying I don't have a judgment I was okay go ahead for the Obama again that is -- that is a state law.
It is you said on numerous occasions to me that it had a negligible impact on jobs but we know darn well that obamacare could very well -- struck down.
And it is going to be a net impact on on small business if it is up till now there is one thing that -- guys have to worry about if obamacare is struck down and that is making sure.
One popular provision their stays intact through other forms of legislation.
Is keeping children that are 126 -- under on their parents right and it.
He -- anybody I was six young people know what I'm getting this is your last four -- -- -- ahead aren't like that in hypocrisy of this all is individual mandate was essential to the consideration on the Supreme Court.
That to Heritage Foundation Romney would you -- all have reported.
On but they but they were mentioning that gunmen were supporting -- that's -- -- I think it's the last -- we don't know how many releases -- isn't he gets the last -- gentlemen we thank you very much.
For -- spirited conversation we met David -- brought something that's good just to bring this back together.
And we'll get the last word to -- -- whoever came up the latest Obama -- should be fired.
And it gave an opening Romney remind voters that Obama has 6161000000000008.
Point to a sixteen trillion debt debt.
Eight point 2% unemployment I'll take four point seven -- point two they have it okay we four point two well.
-- we expect here and we thank you for making time for us today on the hunt Jonathan Hunt is waiting for you on the other side of this and what this is is that now as we like to do every day we want to leave you with the word from our French -- That's what -- how could that not be coming from the White House.
And how can you possibly say that the writer is saying give him come from the White House obviously you didn't who else it was in that room the pizza delivery guy.
A plumber in the corner of the working on the sink.
It had to be somebody from the president's entourage so I think this is a real contradiction that's gonna have to be examined.