President makes surprise appearance at WH press briefing
Did he address issues surrounding his campaign?
- Duration 6:19
- Date Aug 20, 2012
Did he address issues surrounding his campaign?
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On the campaign he had a lot to say.
In particular he's not being mean -- by asking for Mitt Romney's tax returns and making this a campaign issue.
Nobody has ever accuse governor rob me of being a felon we're gonna look at that in a moment and saying that although he has pointed out sharp differences between himself and mr.
Romney we meaning his campaign do not go out of bounds.
Here now to discuss some of that.
Bradley men and -- carpooling.
Part believe Brad as a former advisor to president George W.
Bush and Dick is -- chairman of South Carolina Democratic Party gentlemen thank you so much for being here.
So I think I wanna start with.
With the president saying it.
He hasn't gone out of bounds -- his campaign has not gone out of bounds because you're the reporter -- asking him about some of the ugliness in this campaign hasn't done that.
And that no one has ever accused mr.
Of being a felon do we have that Stephanie Cutter SoundBite.
Let me play that that that sound -- That that may contradict the president on -- I'll ask you to answer -- impact.
Mitt Romney threw his own words and his own signature.
His position that -- to the FCC which is a felony.
More he would misrepresenting.
His position that made to the American people to avoid -- responsibility.
For some of the -- went with -- his investment.
-- Well as an attorney you you're familiar with the position of slander per say the suit you this was a slanderous statement not backed up by -- and certainly allege that he was doing something that was.
Criminal a felony.
So the president may be taking what he considers to be the high road himself but certainly his campaign is not.
And let's remember the president had to be shamed in.
To making a surprise appearance before the white house press corps we're in the last week he's acted more like the president Disney corporation meeting with -- Entertainment Tonight.
And and People Magazine and all these other.
Social and entertainment publications instead of sitting down with a Wall Street editorial board.
Really meaningful interviews with Fox News or other competent.
And and important news outlets for the president to be -- today to do something that he should have been doing all -- -- let me just look at this point for a minute it as I wrote it down -- forgive me because I just took notes I did I don't have the actual transcript yet.
The president said nobody accused mr.
Romney of being a felon.
That sound -- that we just aired from his campaign spokesperson Stephanie Cutter his senior writer -- campaign.
Certainly seems to do exactly that does it not.
It does not and and we're both lawyers so let's under let's Parse this out and understand what she said.
He she said what they filed with the SEC said he was running bank.
She says -- error he was lying to the SEC which is a felony which he didn't do.
Or he's lying to the American people saying he -- he had nothing to do with -- during that.
A period of time which he did too he's not a Fallon he's a liar and and Brad there's nothing wrong.
A with with showing that he is why the American people.
About Spain which he obviously was doing because he wouldn't have filed they didn't file a misstatement or the FCC -- he -- like I'm claiming that he was.
And wasn't wait a second now doing a criminal act in his files he wasn't doing a criminal act nobody nobody so what can we say hit it -- a bit.
Well because you put you put -- in the context of he would not have done this criminal act of lying to the FCC.
So he must be lying to the American people when he said he had nothing to do with -- in 2001 but the SEC filing says he's the C -- -- let's switch in 2001.
The president was also asked in this campaign it about this campaign and he was asked about the -- put out by priorities USA which is the super pac supporting his candidacy.
That -- a minute -- -- was responsible for the death of a woman who lost her health care.
It in a company that had been taken over by -- He came -- I do not think governor Romney is responsible for that woman's death now his senior advisor and -- that I didn't approve -- produce at that it's barely run.
Brad his senior campaign advisors were asked about this -- at -- and refused to disavow the act.
Refused to go as far as the president did it by saying I don't think.
That Mitt Romney is responsible for that woman's death -- heat the president his campaign team has been given the opportunity to speak to this.
And for weeks now they have refused to expressly disavowed that add.
You know why now why does the president if the president doesn't believe that white any call up.
Bill Burton his former mean a spokesman and say bill take that down.
Well not only that but he did his campaign lied to the American people and said they didn't know who this guy was they had no contact with them.
When his campaign operatives were on the phone with this guy -- -- conference call they knew we was they had advanced knowledge before they.
Commercial came out of to what his story was -- allegations were.
And finally the press caught up -- this campaign.
And showed them that they had been outright lying and misleading the American people.
So while while I don't think the president should of got necessarily on the phone because their coordination rules between.
-- -- -- -- -- -- no it's not the problem.
They what -- can't call obviously take that down Kenny he can't nobody can go and I go on television.
He can go on in the media and say he disavows this and he wishes this kind of advertised and I'll give you the last -- and -- get the message.
Well and and eight.
Megan you got it entirely correct.
He cannot nor his campaign -- priorities.
And say don't do that.
Even though Mitt Romney's campaign is conceded they've been talking -- Little animal that any -- come out say with the president just said when they were on the Sunday shows and asked about this act.
Well I think.
For two reasons one they don't want disappearance of coordination.
With which is illegal and to.
The president was asked this first time he's been asked about it and he responded to now people are psyched about it like an eagle as far as what president it.
Because he they're not the president number one and -- -- -- -- -- and that's and that's why.
Now well they like Ali -- is that it's -- that that I got it got I've got to their back and forth couple seconds in the tiebreak at two gentlemen thank you so much is always.