Rove: Call for Romney tax returns is a 'distraction'
Former Bush adviser sounds off
- Duration 6:03
- Date Aug 17, 2012
Former Bush adviser sounds off
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More on this we're gonna bringing Karl Rove former senior advisor and deputy chief of staff to president George W.
Bush also a Fox News contributor -- Carly.
Kind of a dealmaker right.
It think through and it you know free car free dinner -- -- we take that off her.
Look in 2008.
John McCain put out two years of tax returns and we never heard a -- Out of the Obama campaign about how this was insufficient they certainly did say.
Senator McCain you need to go back and -- -- returns back to 1999 when you began your first presidential campaign for the 2000 election.
Look I thought Matt roads car right this is all about distraction.
You know arguing about -- bit Romney's tax cuts these kind of personal attacks are not gonna put a single American back to work should be single dollar offer national debt grow the economy more or do anything to make people bit feel better about their health care.
It's a distraction and you'll notice the Obama team did this the day after.
Is there a controversy arose about Jill Biden put his foot in his mouth once again so you know listen to distraction.
Are right -- what the last couple weeks we've seen that right the president's cancer is asked for this the Romney campaign says no now a couple weeks later.
We're back at it again it's just a cycle of deja Vu so.
So what happens next is this something we just should expect to see for the next several weeks -- -- election just disregarded or mean what what what do you make of this back and forth.
Well look we're gonna see this because look this is a way for them to.
In essence for the Obama team Obama to undercut or attempt to undercut Mitt Romney's credibility if it -- not having to preventing I look I don't think so I think the American people if you were concerned about -- made up your mind about it weeks ago.
Look we know he's a rich guy we know he derives his income.
Primarily from investments which is taxed at a lower rate as everyone agrees it should be -- virtually everybody agrees it should be.
And and you've made up your mind about this issue I think this does highlight the fact that the president can't deal.
With the issues on a sustained on one basis we're not have any campaign in his mind he doesn't want -- have a came in about jobs economy deficits debt spending.
Affordable Care Act Medicare he wants to have it about these side issues and it's a sign of weakness on the part of the president.
I let me ask you batsman and numbers that we've seen Gallup put out these polls would it look like for Ronnie before the announcement that Paul Ryan is gonna be his running mate.
And what it looks like for Romney afterward so we're we're looking on the screen is before.
Yet the president have 45% governor Romney 46 within the margin of bear just just for kind take Sydney -- after the announcement shifts very slightly the president is still up 45%.
Governor Romney slightly higher -- a little bit still within the margin of -- so why are we seeing.
No movement here Carl.
Yeah well look that's traditional we see a very minor -- typically that dwindles away this race is different in that there have been such hard feelings on both sides.
-- committed partisans for Obama committed partisans for Romney.
And -- we're not likely to see much movement what I do think we're seeing though is increase in the amount of enthusiasm their shows Romney as a bold leader.
Who's gonna put the deficit and debt and spending and entitlement reform.
And repeal of obamacare right in the center of the campaign and make it about big issues and that's probably -- -- that they would ever gain he has from this is more sustainable and durable.
And we will see this weekend.
You sought begin yesterday.
The pundits and prognosticators based on the newest polling are gonna begin to move Ohio.
And -- and and Wisconsin out of the lean Obama category based on new polls and put in -- the toss -- category which is good news for the Romney and Ryan -- has very.
And we're gonna look at back certainly is since he's so important also so important -- you -- -- -- -- fund raising and one of the things that we just learned today.
A week after that announcement is that about ten million dollars has been raised -- for the Romney campaign.
60% of them from new donors now.
Are you -- -- -- look at that right for your yeah forget -- -- yeah let me let me -- -- quite as good -- show -- his numbers.
You're the co-founder of American -- this is a super packet gets a lot of attention.
Are you saying the same trends is more money coming in -- the super pac is -- -- campaign just based on this announcement.
Yeah it's it's enthused a lot of people and people are opening up their wallets on it and look there's a story here let's step back from it there's another story here that's that's it's been messed.
At the end of April the Democrats Obama and the Democratic National Committee had a cash on hand advantage.
Over Republicans Romney and the Republican national committee of 95 million dollars.
By the end of may and it -- to 61.
By the ended June -- dwindled to 23.
We now know that in July at the Romney team and Republican National Committee raised a combined 101 million dollars.
Giving them a 186 million dollars cash on hand.
The DNC and Obama -- 75 million dollars and they've refused to release their cash on hand number.
But I think that the -- what we're gonna see is at this point three million dollar advantage was wiped out by combination of the Republicans.
Raising more and the Democrats spend anymore and as a result we're likely to see the Republicans with a bigger cash on hand advantage when all the dust settles.
On July that's a big big problem and it's only gonna accelerate.
Here in August and it's not just a small donors ten million dollars from from small -- big number I was in Alabama yesterday they had a fund -- the night before Birmingham.
Biggest fund raiser in the history of the state.
2.2 million dollars for the Romney Republican National Committee effort that's a huge number for a community like that and it's a side of the enthusiasm that's out there.
And very interesting considering the economy that ran his well being one of the top issues that we're talking about you that dry erase board it caught our attention -- that somebody -- or any used.
A dry erase board and we're wondering if you may -- why trademark that thing.
Before you know other people start using it there's Mitt Romney and the campaign trail yesterday -- -- -- -- -- monologue Karl rover what -- but.
It's embracing him copping your stock.
Yeah well first of all they do one thing always right you're bored out in advance.
Very few ways to collect here's the deal -- I tried to trade market the family of Tim Russert would -- on me and you know like like a -- jobs not so no not gonna do that.
-- not I think what is and they -- mean there's nothing you can do to top that after -- -- -- -- out there -- nice set your perspective today as always you that and then we'll remember right out the board before you start --