DNC, RNC chairs debate economy
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Reince Priebus on 'Fox News Sunday'
- Duration 20:38
- Date Jul 8, 2012
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Reince Priebus on 'Fox News Sunday'
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Hello again from Fox News in Washington for the third straight month the job creation numbers have been disappointing.
It's a sure sign that the US is still struggling to get the economy back on track.
Our voters making up their minds about the economy at this point and the presidential race.
In a few minutes we'll talk with the chairman of the Republican National Committee Ryan's previous but first.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz the chair of the Democratic National Committee.
And welcome back from New Hampshire congresswoman it's good to see this morning good morning I think that if -- -- I think the headline of the day is that you just.
Drove 2000 miles from Florida all the way up to New Hampshire with four dogs the -- the kids in the husband and how are you after all that.
And lived to tell about it and -- all the dogs are actually in the car so I.
-- it can be down South Africa are very good we we do have another headline knowing that as the economy of course the jobs number came out on Friday 80000 jet net jobs created.
Is is that a record that the president can run on and win reelection on in November.
Well absolutely -- if you look at where we were when the president first took office of the economy was hemorrhaging 750000.
Jobs a month.
And now after president Obama's policies in place -- -- for the last three and a half years we've had 28 straight months of job growth in the private sector.
Four point four million jobs created you did the good progress that we're making it is is moving us forward.
I -- we we need to continue to make more progress obviously and ideally we haven't gone far enough -- -- keep pressing forward and continue to focus on middle class tax breaks and making sure that we can create jobs and make sure that that that we didn't get the economy moving forward and it would be great if not Republicans would join us in that effort.
You know President Obama is focused on making sure that he's -- singles out like a -- getting -- jobs created in our economy turned around with -- without help from the republic.
You know the number -- jobs that have been created brings about 50% of the way back to where we were in 2007 let's break down the numbers to take a look the national unemployment rate is eight point 2% but if you look at the overall number includes people stop looking.
And those who are underemployed it's fourteen point 9%.
And look at this African American unemployment up to fourteen point 4% that's up almost a full point.
11% for Hispanics if the president hopes to win congressman and a member.
He's gonna need very motivated minority population out there are are African Americans and Hispanics.
Good look at those numbers and say there's a person I really want to vote for November.
Not that they will go over to the Republican side that maybe they might just stay home.
Well I got out of the country has seen tremendous enthusiasm some African Americans as well as Hispanic Americans send.
You know I think if you if you look at the same point John where we -- and in the recovery from the 2001 recession under President Bush.
And -- where we are in the recovery now.
Or actually two million jobs ahead at the same points in the end it being -- both recoveries so when what we have a long way to go.
We have made progress in president Obama's been committed.
Two not just getting the economy turned around and creating jobs but.
Closing the achievement gap in education for Hispanics and African Americans investing in education in -- -- innovation and making sure that we can keep folks and their homes and if you compare that to -- Mitt Romney's focus which was.
Let's let Detroit go bankrupt and not rescue the American automobile industry African Americans would -- that been devastated by that in particular.
More than a million -- who have been lost that.
When it comes to I -- the -- -- like immigration reform.
It Mitt Romney is the most extreme presidential candidate and in and in history on and on immigration policy and that's why there's a forty point deficit.
Between him and President Obama among Hispanic Americans because when it comes to the policies.
But those who -- care about but really when it comes to policies that Americans care about this is not politics -- This is important for the lives of Americans and we need to all be fighting to move the economy -- by President Obama has been doing.
You know in the wake of the jobs numbers on Friday one of the campaign senior advisors David -- said that the job numbers were quote what everybody expected.
Which drew this response from the Romney campaign one month after declaring the private sector is could doing fine.
The Obama White House has doubled down calling the struggling economy what everybody expected -- to step in the right direction.
With millions of Americans facing what even Vice President Biden called the depression.
It's clear President Obama is simply out of touch with the difficulties facing middle class families do you think that that people who were at home congresswoman who worked sitting around the kitchen table of the house.
Desperately looking for -- job looked at those job numbers on Friday and said well.
It's what was expected.
Why can't why President Obama everyone acknowledges that we have a long way to go we have made significant progress.
28 straight month of job growth in the private sector and more than four point four million jobs created.
But you know that the what was certainly don't need to do and I think folks at home are -- -- that are sitting and listening to Mitt Romney.
Say we should go back the answer -- let's go back to the failed policies of the past let's repeat the same playbook.
That got us into this economic mess in this in the first place well -- on these budget.
Make sure that with the wealthiest most fortunate Americans get more and more tax break that that that he would do that focus on it certainly give another incentives to companies that send jobs overseas.
President Obama close focusing on in sourcing incentivizing companies to bring sort of bring jobs back here in the in the United States so.
That's what I think Americans reaction as to what Mitt Romney says about the economy is an.
There -- so that is the suggestion that we should just keep doing the same thing you know there there's an old definition of doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.
What we should do to keep it well why I'm pretty happy about 28 straight months of job growth in the private sector are you have got better and are you happy about 80000 jobs last -- -- 69 the month before that are you happy with those numbers.
Like I said we -- and President Obama has said we continue we need to continue to improve and we need to do more and we need to work together.
But I am pleased that the manufacturing that -- a good sector has had a resurgence and created 500000 jobs in the last 28 months.
That the automobile industry with -- which Mitt Romney would have allowed to go bankrupt this is -- here in the United States and that all three auto -- Have actually had record increases in not in and job creation they had a record June and the month of June.
The auto jobs created we leave.
The -- to move in the right direction but we need to focus on middle class tax breaks.
On the -- on policies like the eighteen different tax breaks that President Obama has signed into law for small business owners.
I'm making sure that we can continue to make investments in education and innovation and incentivizing people to be able to remain in their homes where Mitt Romney would.
By embracing that Romney Ryan budget would actually make sure that the wealthiest most fortunate Americans get more and better tax breaks.
That that we would end Medicare as we know it.
That we wouldn't blow more of a hole in our deficit -- not been already exists now so.
We'll win when you hit it look at the two -- and the two visions that are being laid before Americans.
President Obama's vision and -- between moving us forward and Mitt Romney is it would drag us back to that how -- that kind of -- McNamee didn't you -- manufacturing jobs and it and I think that bears looking at a little more closely 111000 jobs were created by computer manufacturer to take a look at this still there -- a net loss even though you've come back somewhat there's a net loss.
Manufacturing jobs across the country in the battleground states of Ohio and Pennsylvania.
A -- I was still 171900.
Behind Pennsylvania 43500.
Behind so if even though you're you're touting some makers as -- There's still a ways to go.
Well of course there's a ways to go but look at died in -- manufacturing contracted in the last in the months.
In Ohio eighty at 82 counties in Ohio.
Actually have an automobile I an auto manufacturing.
That facility and so -- -- left to Mitt Romney.
They essentially what all gone out of business because he would -- those folks twisting in the wind.
The entire supply chain of one point four million jobs would have been gone in America.
And that the investments that we've been able to make in trying to get the economy turned around and moving our our -- -- economy forward.
The President Obama has committed to has helped us make make progress if it -- left -- Mitt Romney and let's look at let's look at admit how Mitt Romney's.
Private sector policies when applied in the public sector did for Massachusetts.
Massachusetts with 47 out of fifty in job creation when he was governor actually lost.
-- had manufacturing jobs that twice the national rate.
So is his record that that he -- -- not so successful it's not something that needs to be broadened on the national stage.
We we we just about we're just met at a time it is that on that last point it's -- on average was 47 out of fiftieth but he was fiftieth when he came into office 28.
When he left office -- there was a definite improvement there and if we can put up a graph over.
Job loss in creation over president Obama's three and a half years he was suffering massive job loss.
In the first part of his term.
I've got up there to some pretty positive numbers about halfway through and and it's been kind of middling since that would you want him to be known over the average because that could look unfortunate to.
Actually we're at a point now where we are -- a net positive in jobs that it in private sector jobs that someone President Obama took office if you compare that to.
When President Bush -- left office he was net negative so -- so we're we're continuing to move in the right direction.
But -- you know I do wanna raise 11 other point that some significant Republican politically driven -- -- So our -- I'd I'd really like to see Mitt Romney released.
More than one year tax records because.
There's been disturbing reports recently that he's got a Bermuda corporation a -- that as secretive Bermuda corporation that no one knows anything about.
Investments and McCain -- investments and is -- a Swiss bank account.
Well then why -- Americans need to ask themselves why doesn't American businessman and need a Swiss bank account.
And -- -- secretive investment fight back to something I thought that I would that I'd like to leave folks let's.
All right -- -- -- let me finish up then and -- folks in this segment was something that we got from the Romney campaign late last night about those offshore investments.
This comes around -- spokesman Kevin Madden says quote he hasn't paid a penny less in taxes.
By virtue of where these funds are domicile talk about -- Bermuda and Cayman Islands accounts is liabilities exactly the same as if he held the fund investments.
Directly in the US is a US citizen he is accountable for US taxes some investments in foreign countries can be tax havens.
That Mitt Romney does not hold any such investments.
Congressman wasserman Schultz we gotta run but thanks for joining us really appreciate it thank you how -- all right.
And joining us now from Las Vegas is -- previous he's the chairman of the Republican National Committee welcome you sir.
Hey John thank you very much first what's on the top of your mind after listening to the chairman of the Democrats kind of.
Oh wow I I don't know if she's on vacation in New Hampshire -- -- I can't figure it out but.
The fact that a matter is people are not better off today than they were three or four years ago and the statistics bear it out I mean.
We can mind every -- we can -- everybody's mind watching this with the numbers but the fact of the matter is.
Is that there are almost a half a million more people.
Then four years ago.
And if Debbie and President Obama -- good on their promises on the stimulus -- remember this that if we pass this trillion dollar stimulus.
That we'd have.
Five point 5% unemployment today what that means this.
If they kept their promises.
There would be eight and a half million more people employed today.
Then there -- would be.
Four years ago the fact that -- matter is this president.
Can't fulfill a promise they're living in fantasy land.
And you know what we're gonna put his dream to an end of -- in November save America fire Barack Obama and hire Mitt Romney.
That's the best stimulus plan for this country right now John Mitt -- came out very strong on the job numbers on on Friday is that an issue he can win on.
Well it can and not only is it an issue that he can win nine but it's an issue that we have to win -- -- The 80000.
Job number that they're talking about you know that that includes.
30% of those jobs are temporary employment.
So I mean this jobs number is so bad.
Debbie said that.
-- Anderson somehow their jobs numbers were as good as the recovery from 2001 to 2003.
There -- -- six point 3%.
What that means is that you'd have over six million people -- employed it more today.
There when Barack Obama took office listen the fact of the matter is.
All of this stuff as small ball that they're playing all of this nastiness.
And division about and investments and money and rich verses -- This is going to come down to how people feel.
In November how to people feel but this president did he fulfill the mission that he promised this country did he meet.
The promises did he live the cause of America the fact is it's not a question of whether can Mitt Romney win.
The question is did that this statement is Mitt Romney has to win.
For the sake of the very idea of America Mitt Romney has to win for liberty and freedom.
And we have to put an end to this Barack Obama presidency before puts an end to our way of life in America.
Jeremy did you talk about feeling and and Steve Schmidt who was one of the top officials at the McCain campaign also worked for the bush White House said this he said that there's a lot of anxiety about the economy and in voters in that.
The campaign that wins is the campaign they can best address the anxiety it's a comfort argument.
But if you look at the polling in the battleground states.
President Obama leads Mitt Romney on the economy by nearly ten points so obviously the feeling at the moment is with the president.
Why can't Mitt Romney gets some of that feeling as well.
Well I think -- when.
I mean I don't know what -- you look at that but I'm I'm not doubting one of the polls but I know that there are lots of polls and in many of them that we have we get every single day -- -- actually show the opposite that actually people are tired of this present they're tired of his speeches are tired of the words.
The fact of the matter is is that people understand.
That the president.
Is the head of this country the fish rots that -- hat and the president right now hasn't fulfilled the promises that he made.
To the American people and the and the reality is is that.
This president is going from battleground to battleground asking the question to his own crowd saying are you satisfied in these crowds are cheering back no we're not satisfied.
He's acting as if he's not the president.
The American people are gonna hold accountable the president of the United States for the current.
Stay in condition of this country and I don't think a whole lot of people.
Were cheering when the fireworks are going off we were excited about this country.
But we're also not excited about what's happened over the last four years I don't think people are begging for another four years.
Of this misery John and that's what they're gonna be thinking about in November do we want another four years.
Of this stagnant.
Job growth for the president that acts like he's not living.
It on earth.
chairman as he argued his -- these this election -- to be about President Obama or is it going to be about Mitt Romney's policies and how he would be different I want wanna show you something that speaker Boehner said the other day at a fund raiser in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Somebody said to him my how to like fall in love with Mitt Romney he said.
But I'll tell you this 95% of the people that show up to vote in November are going to show up in that voting Booth and they are going to vote for.
Or against Barack Obama.
Mitt Romney has some friends relatives and fellow -- some people that are going to vote for him but that's not what this election is about this election is going to be a referendum.
On the president's failed economic policies.
Is that an indication that the alternative.
In this election doesn't really matter and as chairman of the RNC.
Are you prepared to fight a negative campaign from now.
All the way through to November.
Well first of all this press.
-- has already shown he's not who he said he was he claimed he was gonna bring everyone together is going to be this uniter he's been the most of this if nasty.
Negative campaign -- -- this country's ever see what he's running any positive territory what -- -- what about your Romney though.
Major there's an alternative and I mean put up there is much is just erring on the president.
Well wait a second -- -- Mitt -- first -- where what what would a Mitt Romney presidency look like on day one Keystone Pipeline energy.
And Barack Obama you -- -- and obamacare and European health -- passed tax code reform.
-- mean it's all positive the fact of the matter is is that what this country is going to be faced with their two questions to your question number one.
Has this president lived in fulfilled the mission that he promise this country.
Has he performed his job up to the standards that we've all expected -- that he promised he would perform.
That that is a referendum on Barack Obama and of course that's the first box that people have to ask themselves and then after they decide luck.
We don't want another four years of this mystery misery the next question is have the Republicans put up an intelligent articulate alternative to this president that can fix the problem.
That's the next question but you don't get to number two without getting the number one the fact is this question this election is going to be a referendum on whether or not.
We want to save the greatest country in the face of the earth and preserve what makes.
More than any country in the world -- -- is the idea that liberty freedom and opportunity is there for everybody to reach achieve.
And and and go to the stars worth but unfortunately this president.
The American dream is not where it should be.
We we've just got a minute left mr.
chairman -- I wanted to bring up another point the Obama campaign is aggressively trying to define Mitt Romney has.
The outsource -- in chief they have a new ad that just went up yesterday let's take a quick look at that.
And -- Mitt Romney screws and pioneers.
Helping companies outsource their manufacturing.
To countries including China.
Now the Wall Street Journal had -- very tough editorial against Mitt Romney the other day in which -- -- in park quote if the Boston boys let that one go unanswered.
That is the charge that -- -- -- chief they ought to be fired for malpractice.
Do you agree it is the Romney campaign need to more aggressively push back against these attempts to define him.
Well first of all I mean they they did put out and I don't know if you saw the ad last week featuring Hillary Clinton of all people telling that Barack Obama should be ashamed of himself.
For ads like this that pat back four years ago.
Number one this that there has been proven false by every fact check organization in America that they only that I have any doubt -- that maybe true.
But to the point it does he need to more aggressively counter this type of ad in this type of attack.
Otherwise he'll find himself come the middle of August defined by the Obama campaign with little place to go.
Well John we're not gonna let that happen that's why the RNC.
In spite of live fund raiser in chief who were who -- we've got enough money in the bank to be able to fight these ads are gonna do that Mitt Romney is going to do that.
The only job that we need to make sure we outsource in this country is Barack Obama's job.
And we have to do that because number one.
He hasn't been truthful -- the American people hasn't fulfilled the mission and as far as China goes to your question.
-- Barack Obama hasn't done anything.
In regard to what he promised he would do in making sure that we -- -- even a level playing field with China -- -- he's in the sandbox with China every day here's an.
He hasn't stood up to China.
I'm so you know -- it and as far as outsourcing goes.
What about -- dark and what I'm talking about as Barack Obama using taxpayer money sending millions of dollars overseas to companies that aren't.
Giving a single job to any American.
In this country.
I mean as far as outsourcing goes the bigger crime is taking taxpayer money.
By millions and millions of dollars sending them overseas.
And then those companies file for bankruptcy that's Barack Obama's legacy.
Mitt Romney's legacy its success in business making promises and keeping promises.
And that's something that this president would only dream of being able to campaign on through November mr.
chairman I know it's early in Las Vegas thanks so much for getting up for us appreciate it.
And thank you -- god bless.