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Karl Rove on president's surprise press briefing appearance
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- Date Aug 20, 2012
Karl Rove on president's surprise press briefing appearance
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And tonight after two months in hiding president Barack Obama finally found the courage to take questions from members of the white house press corps now during a surprise appearance this afternoon.
In the briefing room he was -- a wide range of questions from foreign policy to campaign related matters among the topics that -- covered.
Whether or not Mitt Romney should release more of his tax returns in here is what the anointed one had to -- When it comes to.
That's a precedent was set.
Decades ago I think people want to know that.
You know everybody's been playing by the same rules including.
People who were seeking the highest office more and this is not a and entitlement been president ministers is a privilege -- And I still -- -- know why he hung out with Bill -- now the president didn't end there his -- continued as his response was so hypocritical and bungled -- reporters well.
They couldn't hold back there laughter.
Murder people have assumed that if you want to be present -- United States.
Your -- an open book when it comes to things like your finances.
I'm not to ask him to.
It'll disclose every detail of you know his his medical records.
Although we normally do that as well.
I mean this isn't this isn't sort of overly personal here guys good good this is pretty standard stuff.
I don't think we're being mean.
Maybe a college transcripts Mr.
President and -- -- book.
Now it may be time for the president to take a look in the mirror and by the way that laughter was triggered because as most Americans know the president's medical records are open to the public.
Now meanwhile today another hot topic at the impromptu press conference was whether or not.
That Obama supporters are engaging in gutter politics.
By suggesting that the GOP.
Hopefuls in fact they fell on a murderer a -- -- -- more that would Dick Morris later tonight.
Plus shocking video from the campaign trail -- left wing protesters spitting in the face of -- Romney supporter.
But first we head to the great state of Texas to get analysis Fox News contributor former bush advisor the architect Karl -- -- welcome back.
Thank you Sean thanks for him -- my favorite moment though the press conference.
You know the president -- are we we didn't accused Mitt Romney be in a -- really I think we can prove otherwise he really.
Well yeah for all the tennis.
I'm not sure all those characterizations that -- -- laid out there were accurate.
For example nobody accused mr.
Romney being a -- Either.
Mitt Romney threw his own words and his own signature.
His position -- -- -- SEC but when do they felony.
-- he would misrepresenting.
His position -- days to the American people to avoid -- responsibility.
For some of the popular front for the his investment.
He's actually denying these things it's probably false Carl.
Sean who are you gonna believe you or your line ears and eyes c'mon man who's the president saying that nobody accused -- it.
The Romney being a -- how dare you suggest otherwise.
Yes how -- -- suggest otherwise -- what's gonna Newsweek magazine -- usually left out Bob you left out Bob Bauer who also.
Was formerly the White House counsel now back -- the council the Obama campaign.
Who joined less than five weeks ago with Stephanie Cutter it also alleging that Mitt Romney was a felon and somehow or another.
He escaped the president's recollection as well what do you think we'll throw up Newsweek magazine -- this is Newsweek.
Even they say hit the road Barack why we must have a new president -- you -- get back.
Well first of all the peace is -- and you and Neil Ferguson who is a brilliant economist.
A wonderful -- A contributor to Newsweek my suspicion is is that everybody else of Newsweek from.
Andrew Sullivan to you name it they had indigestion -- -- -- but it's brilliantly written expertly done and -- well worth reading I mean everybody ought to pick up at least this one -- copy of Newsweek for whom I used to write.
They've read because it's a great article.
Are we -- some polls that came out last week on the economy and none of them -- good for President Obama we have some new polls out today swing state voters.
Number -- they're asked in this is a Gallup poll.
Whether or not they're better off than they -- in 200856%.
Say no 40% say yes.
And then -- -- -- poll Americans already think the Paul Ryan is more qualified than Joseph Biden to be president.
Yeah well this well first call.
They remember -- this Gallup swing state poll every one of those swing states was carried by President Obama.
Last time around we're not talking about you to cause in Texas is an Alabama's.
Why no means we're talking about battleground states every one of which was cured by President Obama this is his fundamental problem one recent poll is my favorite number.
What recent poll.
Said his economic policies will never improve the economy that's pretty -- will never improve the economy that was CBS New York Times are pretty liberal -- But if you take a look two thirds of the American people believe roughly two thirds believe that either his policies have not helped the country.
Or have actually hurt the I cannot have the -- the economic recovery that's a bad place to me if you're in the.
-- president run a -- election and the Gallup swing state polls confirmation that the second thing is about rob me Romney's pick of for Paul Ryan didn't.
More qualified than Joseph Biden.
I mean first -- -- not a very high bar to jump over particularly if we've seen in the last week I think this is going to be my favorite line of the campaign.
Joseph Biden trying to do -- southern -- -- they'll put you all back in chains -- and click he's a congressman Paul Ryan isn't it create incredibly able individual is brought new energy to the Republican ticket.
It is a sign of the confidence.
Mitt Romney and -- NN insight into what he's gonna make not only this campaign but his presidency about they take this able Wisconsin budget chief.
Parts of the president uses this press conference to condemn.
-- are relatively obscure congressman one who -- it very few people of heard from except for probably in the state of Missouri.
Was running for the senate he uses that but he silent on Bill Maher he's silent on the attacks -- so optic accusing Romney -- murder.
He silent on taking -- money.
He's silent -- you know the -- comment denies it even happen he silent on all of these vicious attacks against you know the war on women and dogs in the felon.
Everything across the board.
And I'm just wondering why hasn't the media will immediate ever hold this guy's feet to the fire as he does these hard hitting interviews and Entertainment Tonight -- a better way to -- Wait a minute.
Watched that news conference 22 minutes she got.
He had to CBS reporter -- a pretty tough question which.
Which you -- Obama's -- -- about the conduct of the campaign Jake Tapper has an incisive question about Afghanistan.
But -- by Alex is it up by asking about the economy at the same time.
But look this is a Stockholm syndrome what's the first question the AP reporters -- -- would you like the opportunity didn't -- that did did they announce its Republican congressman.
As an extremist and while -- at it lump him in with.
Romney and Ryan and an attack him to mr.
-- we're so delighted to see we haven't seen you for so long and his like he said.
Kidnapping victim who you know this season is capture -- -- a bottle water and expresses -- refuse to accept.
It was if it was embarrassed -- Please call an open government multibillion dollar business the reality is the media this country's more concerned about a few freshman skinny dipping Republicans.
And they're more concerned about an obscure Republican who Mitt Romney condemned.
What a difference between President Obama whenever he's faced right with the -- -- moment he fails the test.
Yes and once again today he's he's the classic I didn't have anything to do with that -- he said now remember this.
Remember there's footage of Obama -- well look if there was a super pac.
And it was headed like what rob -- and Robert Gibbs and younger you know I -- I -- -- up until not to do that kind of stuff you know I'll be laughing at me won't rip amber.
Priorities USA is headed by a deputy to Robert -- heads so maybe the president didn't have any ability to.
Influence a deputy Robert Gibbs but he couldn't -- Robert Gibbs I'm pleased to present -- United States.
Should have condemned that bad you know what there's a version of it on his website right now -- on his website.
That should have that is steelworker blaming Mitt Romney for the death and of of his wife and the president has done nothing to clean up this campaign and you know why it's the only way he could win and he knows it is by tarnishing.
Mitt Romney's reputation go -- after an NA deeply personal and really repulsive way.
All right Karl -- -- to see you sir thanks for being with us.
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