What impact will sluggish economic numbers have on 2012?
Our Campaign Insiders weigh in
- Duration 6:59
- Date Jul 30, 2012
Our Campaign Insiders weigh in
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And -- time out of the campaign insiders you know the latest economic news has cost more headaches for President Obama and his team.
On Friday the Commerce Department reported the economy grew at an annual rate of just one and a half percent in the second quarter.
-- with a sluggish economy be too much of an obstacle for his campaign to overcome.
And what those numbers giving a bigger boost to governor Mitt Romney here are the campaign insiders as always their job absolutely a former Republican congressman from New York.
And Doug -- Fox's contributor and former poster for President Bill Clinton.
We have to remember this trio he's been a victim of the elements and the rain in the northeast but it'll be joining us in this coming segment.
John -- good to see you good to see one point 5% not good news.
No it isn't good news.
It could well be -- we are heading.
-- recession it's almost certain that we're not gonna have any sort of robust economic recovery.
Before the election that is a huge problem for the Obama campaign but it's one that is when we talked to the polls will will get to.
The Romney campaign has not fully taken advantage -- that.
Well they haven't taken advantage of it Eric.
Because his negative rating is close to 50%.
His positive is only 35 bottom line people aren't comfortable with governor -- John I mean you -- we see this one point 5% it's going down was 2% -- one point 8% I mean you know I think underlying sour -- -- and negativity about the economy that is dragging Obama I think the public likes Obama as a person.
Probably more than they like and Mitt Romney but they don't have faith that he's gonna make things better anymore.
But Romney -- dog and -- and I've been saying for months hasn't sealed the deal he's got a lot to play -- it's a successful businessman.
He just hasn't connected with a message that says I've made it in this country I know how to make it I've worked very hard to make it.
You work hard I want to help you make it all stuff done.
As we've been saying you.
Among the foremost.
There hasn't been a Romney positive message about what he's going to do to revitalize the economy not only has he not connected.
To his own life story he hasn't been able to tell people what he will do to reduce the debt the deficit most -- -- create jobs for me.
You went in and the thing is if we were in his campaigner you know and Doug and I could run this thing.
We could win it for Mitt Romney because the pieces are there the guy was a turnaround.
Artist in distance he take a bad company.
Fix every you know what they -- sent us this again I -- get rid of jobs and maintain AMA Bombay and they can run a campaign always worried about what the other -- -- -- you've gotta say your piece which is.
I know how to turn things around I went into the Olympics I turned it around it -- a mess of corruption around and now.
48 dollar a year I will forego salary I wanna be your president to fix the mess in Washington if he said it that way.
Andy said but it's a -- because both parties created that mess even got a -- Within the -- an issue at the polls and -- a lot of controversy mistook him but take a look at the Wall Street Journal Paul.
At the NBC WSJ poll has Romney at 42% President Obama at 49%.
What there's a problem with the way -- there that there are probably Eric.
Too many Democrats in the sample.
It is a poll that is 11%.
For the Democrats the sample should be 234.
Bottom line if you would just stated it would probably be a -- President Obama doing this for years I mean had -- attic and how can you tell that when there's -- US history.
You have experience and you have judgment and bottom line.
The current numbers that the journalist projecting.
Would suggest that the -- now more democratic than they were in 2008 American I think common sense tells us that's just not the case.
And the entire last week when this -- can matter that that poll dominated the political scene everybody assumed those numbers were accurate.
We believe the Rasmussen numbers which are likely voters today have Romney ahead.
That's -- -- putting on the screen has got a bad one if I ever trust laws and Ron makes a couple points up and if you take the others in the undecideds.
We think that Romney's gonna get about three quarters of them probably Romney's gonna win this election if he does some things we've talked -- and it's still and then if John isn't over yet but -- winnable for him when Yasser of the Gallup poll.
That basically shows that there that -- tied what you -- feeling you guys -- heroes when let me tell you where it is.
The electorate is saying look -- like Obama but we're disappointed with -- performance.
We're not comfortable with governor Romney yet.
He hasn't told us what he's gonna do or what his vision is -- we think he's a better economic manager so both sides have formidable challenges if they're gonna close the deal.
Now on that point they came up but today and on finance -- -- Israel Israel's part of the campaign as of Friday and today governor Romney giving a speech and a President Obama signing -- some new legislation Frankfurt.
You know this is hugely political.
Aid for Israel on Friday.
And -- that -- the United States is ready to assist Israel if they go to war -- -- with Iran.
All designed to try tips from governor Romney's trip.
Which act as we've seen has involved very very hawkish rhetoric so this is hugely political and is being played sort of as a chess game.
Doug -- I find it unseemly I think almost anything's political and know that but.
Playing around with discussion of possible attack plans.
And leaking -- -- giving them the Israeli government to undercut Mitt Romney's trip.
Not right because that's crossing the -- what you're saying is that the White House is taking public policy for this country for foreign policy of this country.
For blatant partisan what we've seen since we've seen it twice we've seen on the raid to get Osama bin Laden a great event.
But the spiking the football since then has been way over the top seed and then the national security -- yup circle leaking.
Of national security secrets to make the president look like mr.
tough guy that's not right either what what -- -- that he would have the right to do that as he did order of the.
You don't he.
Does have the right to do -- what I think went over the line American it's consistent with what.
John was saying was.
When the White House began with a negative ad attacking governor Romney saying he wouldn't have done the same thing it's just plain wrong but your point.
The fact that foreign policy is being politicized.
In an election campaign involving war and peace is just plain wrong it tells yet sadly how about off kilter this campaign really has.