Campaigning or plain mudslinging?
Kirsten Kukowski on how negative campaigns affect elections
- Duration 6:04
- Date Aug 10, 2012
Kirsten Kukowski on how negative campaigns affect elections
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Today we welcome the Press Secretary.
For the Republican National Committee -- could -- -- you can follow Kirsten.
On Twitter app -- could -- -- -- and thanks for joining us.
What our viewers just heard those snippet from a recent pro Obama super packet from priorities USA featuring the I'm retired steelworker -- -- optic.
From GS technologies.
Who appeared in this add at least to link Mitt Romney.
To the death of mr.
soft ex wife from cancer as a result of Bain Capital shutting down the -- Clinton.
-- losing his health insurance obviously you're familiar with this -- I mean how would you where would you -- this ad in the great continual political advertising history.
Well I would say it's very disappointing handing OK there's a shift from where we see not the president's our rhetoric has -- -- what he's told that country that he's going to.
And be as -- president and I think that that's something that needs to be discussed and I think that we're doing everything that we count on with governor Romney's campaign.
To make sure that voters now that the president is the -- is changing his tune.
Be ready for the conventions.
Ready -- we're going to be ahead down a week from today so it's going to be a long couple of weeks in Tampa reading it's gonna be -- and people are excited.
Me I think we have a lot of good things that we're planning to do and I think it's going to be -- really good week.
Larry -- told told me that he regards the RNC convention.
As the most important outstanding event still on the political calendar before Election Day even more so than the debates.
Because it is Mitt Romney's best and last chance to define himself.
In Contra distinction to the way that the Obama campaign in -- super pacs have forty sort of define Mitt Romney and his background at Bain Capital.
Yeah I tend to agree that day today I think convention is going to be I really big day in Arabic weaken a big day when.
I especially when we have our vice presidential nominees was in the little -- nice try something that I we're going to be able to disclose that quite yet but.
All in due time and I think that those two things convention and that vice presidential nominee.
Is really there and we have nowhere to go but up as far as we're concerned I think that we've seen our fundraising were really really go up where and be able to end up with a lot a lot of mark out adds an early tell our story.
We have convention we have the vice presidential nominee.
I think that we feel very good about our position as we stand in August I think the president is really you know we've identified at a few of the big vulnerabilities for him.
Over the next 88 days so I think that we feel very good about our -- Let's take a look at some of the most recent polls released by Fox News these are Fox News polls just last night they contain some alarming data from Mitt Romney and the Republicans.
In -- head to head match -- with the President Obama and with a margin of error among registered voters of plus or minus three points.
The incumbent President Obama now stands knowing points ahead of the presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
That's up four points from mid July and among the all important independence.
Where the margin of error swells to plus or minus eight point President Obama -- -- has opened up an eleven point lead.
Over governor running back on July 17 hour gap was only four points -- -- County prosecutor for the Republican national -- -- committee.
It would appear from this polling data that the attacks on Mitt Romney's background and Bain Capital over the past few months on which the Obama campaign in the pro Obama super pacs have spent heavily.
Have actually taken their told is that not undeniable well.
I think that clearly the negative advertising by president Obama's team by -- -- super pac has definitely.
880 yeah there's been a lot of money and I think that's that's not a surprise to see the polls -- are felt like I was just saying we -- -- to go at -- we haven't been spending the money.
That that the president's team hasn't been campaigning for four years when you say we have a new place to go -- up.
In in every -- language with a -- is I'm lying flat on my back in this is a little run -- out that's not I mean I just mean.
But while the president -- it he he has reached his ceiling helping get our eyes he he has spent a lot of money his fundraising continues to drop.
And -- -- -- second before or actually going the opposite way.
Our fundraising is going up we have a lot of big announcements that we're going to -- doing we have a lot a lot of good stories to tell over the next 88 days that's what I mean what I say with a minority government but I -- -- any -- that a more context that is.
Direct comparison -- -- where -- -- where President Obama stands right now.
And where we can you really promise our viewers that they're gonna hear from Mitt Romney in his VP nominee about President Obama something they haven't already heard.
So definitely I think that if there if you look at the polling that we definitely have some work to do.
To talk about Mitt Romney talk about his background and talk about what we stand for as a Republican Party in what we bring to the table.
And I think today we have been in a primaries situated where we earlier this year -- -- primary situation.
And we we just -- at a different spot in the campaign so at this point.
We're have a VP that we're going to labels have to talk about where it would even the playing field as far as money's concerned.
And I think we really look forward to talking about it and telling -- story.
Last question we have about thirty seconds.
Is the role of the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee sort of diminished by super pacs.
It seems that the role that super pacs -- used to be played in some ways by RNC and DNC.
Well actually not really think that that's misconception.
That that Republican National Committee historically has played a very big role on the ground yeah everyone hears about the ground game it's the campaign -- is the staffers on the ground making the phone calls.
And knocking on the -- and that's what we're going to do that's what we're investing and that's what we've always invested in south.
One -- -- question from one of our viewers sucked pilot came chats to us what those first -- think is the key to winning the election this year.
Think he and the key is to talk about Mitt Romney's experience.
And in this mess and it's going to be the best story that we have to tell -- not his record as governor of Massachusetts.
Both creating jobs and I think that that is something that we.
How I have it have a leg up over the president -- could -- -- Press Secretary for the Republican National Committee mark Carr thinks you're visiting the fox hole of course they had to back.