Is President Obama running from his record?
Former Sen. Evan Bayh weighs in
- Duration 3:50
- Date Jul 12, 2012
Former Sen. Evan Bayh weighs in
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-- meanwhile president bomb -- -- many controversial issues in his first term.
The night I am grateful that this congress delivered and pleased to say that the American recovery and reinvestment act.
Is now law.
It we've got to move to a new.
Energy -- think cap and trade it is.
The best way from my perspective to achieve some of those games I have ordered the closing of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay and -- -- -- and certain justice for captured ten.
After all the boats have been -- Health insurance reform becomes law in the united states of about these reforms represented the strongest.
Consumer financial protections in history.
Okay but as these policies have grown very unpopular it appears as if the president is staying clear and not talking about.
His record at advise a former US senator Fox News contributor now and he joins us live other sex to weigh in good to see you good to be we -- we make of the fact that the president to sort of steering away from these big issues that he talked about -- for the game.
Well -- this is all that his reelection right now and some of his most significant accomplishments like health care are popular with the public.
Some of the other things are not widely known for example if you ask an average man -- woman in the street about Dodd-Frank that they -- -- to talk about a skin disease -- Pacific and then cap and trade for examples is not a high priority when the economy is weak and so the president needs to change the subject.
And focus on his opponent indicative rather than a referendum on its own four years instead make it a choice between two people and then try and point out things about Mitt Romney.
That the voters might not like that's what's going on -- -- -- do you agree with you know people -- interest and taxes and tax reform big things like that but you know.
You know where they're talking about targeting people who have been successful and -- their taxes up another 5% I don't think -- think that is probably -- very good idea but.
We want real reform on real things -- to talk about outsourcing and that sort of thing.
Do people care.
Steve I think both campaign's maybe -- in the public short I think American noses is an important point for a point in our history we face big issues.
I think both -- -- need to elevate their game and talk about what the next four years.
The next twenty years are gonna look like rather than this tactical stuff of backbiting and arguing back and forth and -- not take public got to the -- had enough of that second.
I don't know if the public is paying attention to these little tiny details they -- they want the big picture analysis so as a Democrat how would you advise President Obama right now I would focus like a laser on the economy and particularly growth what does it take to get jobs created to grow business.
I'd put some of the the equality argument about -- tax burdens aside I think at this point don't think that raising taxes on people who do the hiring and make the investments is likely to make them to do more that we want them to hire more people.
Make more investment so.
The economy jobs we need to focus like that -- a laser put some of these other debates to the side until after the economy is growing at a rate.
That is getting us to a better place but is that just the state of the culture right now the state of the mainstream media where they're looking for the gotcha moment they're looking for the story about the dog on the roof for the dog recipes and stuff like that and that's what we come down to.
When we need real change from Washington which and fortunately right now as you know.
It's completely gridlocked.
I think there's a separation between the political -- class and the public at large the public at large what's practical solutions to the problems we face.
The political class gets all caught up Stephen what you're -- these are hot moments and little things that can make your opponents look bad.
The American public wants to know what about me and who's gonna make a better life give me more opportunity.
Don't run down your opponent talk about where you're gonna lead us and how this will affect me I think that's what people want to hear I -- -- I said very well by Evan -- A -- US senator and now Fox News contributor good -- you can.