Friday Lightning Round: Afghanistan not in Romney speech
Panel sums up this week's hot topics
- Duration 5:00
- Date Aug 31, 2012
Panel sums up this week's hot topics
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Welcome back to Charlotte we talked about it earlier with the panel but in that speech that Mitt Romney last night there was not a mention a single word.
About Afghanistan and obviously there are tens of thousands some.
80000 or more American troops on the ground still.
Fighting in Afghanistan we're back with the panel David was that a major oversight the Obama campaign's dirty hitting Romney on that fact.
I don't know who was an oversight or not I don't think it was a political problem I thought that the fact that he did address national security that he addressed Iran and nuclear program.
-- got the job done in that regard now should he have mentioned it.
In retrospect I think it would have been proper for him to discuss Afghanistan but is -- a problem now.
-- I think it's a reminder that that Romney campaign is so singularly focused on the domestic side and on the economy in particular.
But this is it going to be a big problem though he should have talked about it it would have been Smart to do so but I don't think it's gonna cost -- -- -- -- to hear from you Steve.
Well look whether this it was a mistake and this was a mistake when it was an oversight or -- mission.
I don't know which one is worse but it was a mistake if -- thousand plus troops on the ground in Afghanistan now that's a problem you need to speak to them -- -- this is a debate about.
The leadership but I think the way this campaign has been going over the past three weeks has been.
Did an attempt by the Romney -- to make it's that you debate about leadership.
And I think this does hurt not because the war in Afghanistan is popular vote because people want to see that the leader of the party talk about something as important as.
Today there was a private memorial service in Cincinnati for Neil Armstrong who died of course the -- astronaut universal hero died last Saturday at the age of 82.
Governor Romney spoke about Armstrong in his speech last night and then we have some tape from.
Many years ago.
The souls of Neil Armstrong's boots on the moon.
Made permanent impression on our -- and god bless -- I'm strong.
All the people all this bird -- truly want.
One in their pride in what you have done and one in our prayers that and you'll returned safely to where.
What about the mention last night and and this space program overall which obviously has has been diminished and take and cut back.
Under this administration.
I think that it's such an inspirational moment and as we just heard from President Nixon and it brought the country together and I think inspired the world what you aren't -- did.
But in the current context you have to take into account.
Are Americans up -- mind that we are willing to spend billions of dollars for further space exploration and obviously the decision has been made by this president that.
Now while we maintain the space program we don't do so with the same level.
-- vital funding and some programs like the Mars program which were engaged in now is going to be cut under the current budget.
I -- but to hear Dan the tape of president Kennedy saying gonna beat Russia to space and now to get to space we have to hitch a ride on Russian rockets.
And to get there.
Some people are saying is it is a problem.
Well it's -- -- that's true there is a debate about that but we're in a different place today and I think if you think back just a few weeks ago to win the group.
The rover landed on Mars.
I mean the enormous interest at that.
Engendered was a sign that -- still interest and I think the question is what are the resources we have to be able to do some of those ambitious things OK quickly down the road.
Winner and loser.
I think when it was Romney because he and the convention overall accomplish what he needed to get done to have a good chance to win -- -- was Tampa.
The people of Tampa were wonderful but the security that we had to deal -- just made it impossible to enjoy.
Winner and loser of the week I agree on Romney is the winner of the week because of the same reasons David mentioned I thought Clint Eastwood who's an iconic figure was the loser want.
I thought Romney got the attention he was after I wish he delivered more specifics on economic issues in terms of that I I thought that should have been the point of the whole speech and I worry about that.
Big winner I would say -- -- -- as Latin women.
-- -- when -- the wife of the Puerto Rican governor Susanna Martinez the Government of Mexico and the focus on on Latin women American made things safer.
I would say the winner -- Fox News fox had nine more than nine million viewers last night more than double.
The combined total of the other of the two biggest broadcast networks.
He and I would say the loser.
Are these fact checkers I mean this is gone so far beyond what it was intended to be they're not fact checking gray areas.
And I think they've jumped jumped the shark -- don't fact -- that.
And jumped the shark and you can come back since she said where where the -- that's it for the -- to say to.