Obama grilled over negative tone of campaign
President defends attacks made by his campaign
- Duration 6:54
- Date Aug 20, 2012
President defends attacks made by his campaign
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Hi -- Laura Ingraham in for Bill O'Reilly thanks for watching us tonight we're gonna have the talking points memo on the Biden factor in the next segment but first.
We -- to get to our top story today the president answered questions from white house press corps members after more than sixty days of dodging them.
Now as -- Maine now he's been under mounting pressure to take questions.
After doing a series of interviews with softball media outlets like People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight.
And today's exchange the president was pressed on whether he feels comfortable with the negative -- own of his campaign.
Are you comfortable with the tone is beset by your campaign have you asked them to change -- -- it comes to find mr.
We're more -- all those characterizations that you you've laid out there were accurate.
For example nobody accused mr.
Romney being a well.
Either Mitt Romney threw his own words and his own signature.
His position that -- to the FCC which is a felony.
-- he would misrepresenting.
His position that made to the American people to avoid brought responsibility.
For some of the cockpit when it's and his investment.
How soon we forget Mr.
But he remained on the defense.
If you look at the overall predictor of our campaign.
And the ads that I've approved.
And -- produced by my campaign you'll see that.
We point out sharp differences between the candidates.
But we don't go out of bounds.
Joining me now to analyze from Indianapolis Republican strategist DD -- and in New York Fox News contributor.
Juan Williams okay act guys let's get go to you first -- -- kept president was under a lot of pressure right it had been quite a bit of time now he's on one real full blanks.
Press conference this year with the reporters and so they were all shot but at the -- now -- keep them at bay today.
But they did pretty well you know what's interesting about this is you white house press -- to be a member of them have a legitimate complaint which is we want to see more you Mr.
President on the other hand lower.
You know this is media strategy and media strategy suggest that when he does Entertainment Tonight Entertainment Tonight actually had bigger ratings.
-- help -- out by nightly news broadcasts though it's not foolish and he's not gonna get.
The kind of gotcha questions embarrassing questions he's not gonna get beat up like he did by that reporter.
About immigration you know interrupted as he's making a comment.
A lot of guys on the soft shows they're gonna ask him about that the light green or does he like read what's your favorite sports team.
You know that kind of fill yourself from a White House focused repressed strategy perspective -- the fact that.
I'm dating I know that that and a president's approval rating handling the economy is pretty bad.
And I think that's in this part of the reason right that he's -- -- that comfortable talking about is what's on his iPod and chats it up for an an interminable lay off long period of time but that -- warning -- crew and an Albuquerque.
-- -- he's pressed on the specifics of how do you plan to grow the economy Jake Tapper.
Asked the question this fall it's all very nebulous is all is all very very grainy we don't really a lot of details there.
Well yeah I mean you know he is mr.
Hollywood he's mr.
colonies had a terrible record which is why doesn't want to answer questions you know why.
Because he doesn't have a good answer and the reason they did the press conference today one could think is because Mitt Romney came out in the morning saying that Aiken.
Was a bad guy but he did something wrong and I think.
That the president felt like he had to jump on I think -- surprise it was a surprise to him.
He wasn't even did a press comments because met -- -- came out for independent women and because he came against Aiken.
That is why the president -- like he had to do the same thing because -- -- I was brave enough to do that against one is out.
-- like we're talking about -- -- the Missouri -- GOP senatorial candidate.
Who I imagine is not gonna have a contrary to what he said -- -- I've not yet begun to fight Juan.
Looks like he's he's -- on his way out they've they've they've withdrawn its funding from the National Republican Senatorial Committee American crossroads is not gonna find his campaign.
I mean it is he really -- and cost the Republicans a chance.
Of winning back Hispanic because of these these offensive and and just factually.
Incorrect statements that -- at what they were just horrible but I am indeed he just brings it up you know kind of out of the -- -- all right I gotta tell you it is stunning but athletic.
Is out of the -- -- seeing it is damaging to Republicans into the Republicans have relation.
Have a -- relationship with American women are.
You see what's going on the promise when he managed yells out because that this kind of attitude in the Republican ranks somewhat quietly and let them on it cannot stand that well yeah I have argument what what was that I had that -- -- -- say.
I think the president wasn't responding -- back Mitt Romney Mitt Romney came out to save his.
You know -- -- -- you know I can't Atlanta Watkins does that sit out there he -- in front.
Well that's that's also true but unlike the other way and we have these claims that Mitt Romney cause cancer.
And and -- ridiculous priorities USA adds that the president does not coordinate yeah that's the technical.
-- -- But the president wasn't rushing out to say.
It's -- -- that he waited till today is that no I don't believe that in Iran because can't Internet running and Romney came out today.
And he said currently is not represent my views and I think pretty much everyone Sean -- Mike Huckabee national review.
Myself today on the radio -- -- -- also this guy.
This I cannot define the Republican Party so Republicans act -- Wesley.
I'm against people who make it yeah Democrats let them roam free and do a lot of damage.
It's enough to ask a lot of us that due to Republican women are running running back at it it's -- needed me here on the right.
That's from why I'm not running fast and I need not and I'm happy -- -- so -- it can never went.
If winning margin right now increases with the American women for Obama there is no chance and that's what this guy has that he gets that something so sensitive that even Republicans -- -- No they don't want they want out video audio I don't find offense and -- talk about women are.
Maybe there women in the won't OK I find offensive is when the president when he was and they state senate in Illinois decided that.
Babies born alive after an abortion a botched abortion don't have any rights to doctor's help I found to be really offensive yeah I'd want that don't like yeah they're they're president you got it doesn't matter you wanna -- -- -- I don't know about what -- -- Probably what I'm -- yeah -- economy are not now I wanna talk about.
It's funny how dare talk about how about Stephanie Cutter and yet saying that Mitt Romney is a felony counts and they got a -- -- me.
Good yeah out there -- -- Barack Obama have --