Did overseas trip help or hurt Romney?
Debate over political impact
- Duration 5:40
- Date Aug 1, 2012
Debate over political impact
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Back to politics now and governor Romney back in the US after a free nation overseas tour.
The mainstream media has suggested that the trip was so gaffe filled.
That it was a distraction but some analysts are saying hey not so fast some suggesting that the governor accomplished quite a bit along the trip scoring political points with some key.
Voting groups like Jewish voters and those who think that the US should be doing more to counter the influence of Russia joining us now for a fair and balanced debate.
The editor at large of hot air dot com Mary Katharine Ham she's also a Fox News contributor.
And democratic campaign consultant Ryan quite nice to see you both thanks very much for coming -- Mary -- You first did this trip help or hurt governor Romney.
Look I think ever I conceded had conceding got to after about start with the Olympic Marc Rich remark -- also true could have been stated better I think set a tone that he didn't need.
But moving on from that in Israel and in Poland I think he made.
Broad overarching very good speeches and Israeli made several contrast with the present that he wanted to make he called drizzle in the capital of Israel very clearly.
Making contrasts with Jay Carney gathered at the White House.
The press briefing not being able to name the capital not willing to do that.
He made -- contrast that look we're willing to stand with Israel if it comes a point that they need to strike it was more specific about that the Obama administration has been they have tried to deter Israel's Israel from.
From striking if it comes to that actually publicly at times including -- Panetta himself.
NN -- I think he made clear look we stand very closely with you and I understand the threats a year under I think in both places.
He -- in contrast he wanted to make.
-- we talk about some of these constituencies that the governor was trying to reach of course.
Poland is a big Catholic country Israel the Jewish state there are lots of polish Americans in swing states like Ohio and Pennsylvania lots of Jewish Americans in Pennsylvania and Florida.
They do OK for himself.
I mean this trip by all accounts has been an unmitigated disaster for Mitt Romney from insulting one of the world's great religions.
To inciting fear on the eve of the international Olympic Games to proclaiming his Anglo Saxon heritage from the shores of a foreign country I mean this is not the way to win the hearts and minds of the American population.
You know this is just a way to alienate a bunch of people our country because we believe in religious freedom here in this country and we believe that.
Our diversity in this country is a source of great strength and everyone not just just I cannot threshold making stuff everyone wants to see a safe and peaceful Olympic Games you know that's that's things that we all want I don't know why Mitt Romney is running around.
You know Europe in the Middle East to stir up trouble.
In honor the -- we're going to have its who have you compete against a team of pundits from Taiwan.
About the satellite the satellite went down so just two of you now.
Let's switch gears I want to ask you about it.
-- -- -- I thought maybe it does make stuff -- he's using anonymous sources and I want to go back to the heyday when we -- the -- iPods to make sure our British diplomacy is rolling right along but it's ridiculous.
Our let me let -- switch -- I'll let you get that in but let me ask you about the -- from quinnipiac that came out today.
Was speaking of some of these swing states showing that the president is doing pretty well and at least three of -- -- Ohio.
Did the the president has up for a pretty distinct advantage if this holds Mary Katherine is there any way.
Governor Romney can win.
-- at these numbers hold it's not good for him but the way you have to consider also is will be numbers of Democrats they surveyed in these polls.
Holds Election -- and I think that's nearly impossible if you look at the question or they ask.
How many of you voted for Obama in -- wait in Florida Ohio.
Those numbers outperform in this poll his actual numbers in 08 by ten points -- -- you're pulling -- top ten points more Democrats than actually exist.
In the voting population possibly for this time around setting -- the that's a problem for them maybe you don't like it get too cocky about that.
But -- got some problems with the empathy issue and with electability issue -- he always does interestingly though even with these high populations of Democrat voters polled.
On the economy question which is gonna -- in the wrong question you know.
And and and Ryan independence the president's having some problems and independents according to these polls.
And and this is the group that really sort of delivered him the White House in oh wait why would independents vote for this president again with the economy in such rough shape.
Now the very Catherine's point I think this election is all about the economy and -- -- that context geo president Obama's done a great job getting our economy back on track getting unemployment down and creating jobs for the last three years.
But I don't know why Mitt Romney is traipsing around taking a tour a leisurely stroll through Europe.
And around foreign countries -- what is should be is being back here governing alongside us try to fix this economy and our country back on track.
And frankly it's going to be going all these foreign country's what -- should be doing is closing down a secret accounts.
And places like Cayman Islands and Bermuda and Switzerland I bring some of that money back -- Ryan you raise a lot of things Mary -- had to give you the final word here real quick.
-- It I think Ryan sort of ridiculous.
And -- it's been since late.
Either going to go higher today he did try to make its pitch to talk to folks in Ohio they don't see things improving.
I know that Ryan just -- to make up words about what.
-- he's doing but I -- -- it sounds silly when he's impugning him on every level.
This -- Ohio and -- -- -- probably not make his million shutting down factories and shipping jobs overseas I think Roddy -- -- I don't have -- talking to people in Ohio today about how when.
The have been -- government that Obama -- take takes over GM has to shut down places in Ohio small businesses that people -- that we're GM dealerships.
With an integrated whereas you're -- have the -- on little.
Or in any money in secret accounts in foreign countries.
Leave it there that's a different discussion but maybe we'll have you -- an accident you can tell us how you really feel Mary Katharine Ham and -- -- thank you both a restaurant and.