Examining Obama's relationship with the Clintons
Does the president have their full support?
- Duration 5:17
- Date Sep 4, 2012
Does the president have their full support?
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High -- back to our top story today this is an intriguing one.
A former major political advisor to the clintons Douglas band -- -- pictured here.
Has reportedly said that in this election he will vote for governor Mitt Romney.
That according to a story in The New Yorker.
Here now Alice Stewart the former press secretary of the santorum's presidential campaign she's also worked -- several other national campaigns.
And Lanny Davis former special counsel to President Bill Clinton at a -- Contributor welcome.
To both of you good to have you here today.
So let -- let me start with you.
If this report is true that Doug band over we'll vote for Mitt Romney.
I'm not particularly -- has nothing to do with Bill Clinton or Hillary Clinton or me or anyone else Doug band has his own views.
And it -- -- named Doug band decision to anybody associated with President Clinton.
Just violates all sense he has -- own views it doesn't mean that President Clinton agrees.
Well the the notion here and let let me just put up a quote from this new Yorker piece.
To show you a little bit about where this piece is going and it makes an argument for Hillary Clinton.
In -- sixteen and writer of this story says by some measures a defeat for Obama in November would leave Hillary the undisputed leader of her party.
And it you know -- a jump -- -- that -- -- second and propelled her toward the Oval Office that much faster at least one of Bill Clinton's closest.
Seems to be backing that strategy go ahead jump -- -- I've ever met -- -- a he's a great reporter and he's a great writer but he's responsible.
For compound hearsay statement.
-- by someone who passed to a Tim Russert.
Told somebody else who told somebody else to Bill Clinton said this any actually not only wrote that it was published by The New Yorker.
So when he speculates that sentence is entirely fact free.
Other than one person telling him that it was not named so with all due respect to a great reporter Ryan -- who I love to read in The New Yorker that just simply doesn't.
Mean anything it's just speculation and as far as I'm concerned.
I know that Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton and die.
Support Barack Obama on the major issues they have -- their political lives for national health care.
No tax cuts for the wealthy and choice I'd rather -- a Supreme Court justice who will overturn Roe vs.
Wade -- We're now.
You know what -- you can never seemed to stop the curiosity though about the clintons about their relationship regulation -- All of this right at I understand that let me bring out sitting here because she's been listening to this back and forth what do you make of this this report about -- -- out.
Well I'm very familiar with violence is working well you gotta cut -- at.
Some of the -- that that didn't sign out in this case and I think that fact that that was that he's going to vote for Romney says many things obviously of frustration.
With the current administration but also.
The fact that the wheels could be in -- for Hillary Clinton I do strongly believe that she is setting herself up.
In many ways -- running plays sixteen and that would certainly give the Republicans a run for their money.
Another few key points that are noted in the article is that.
They said that President Clinton while he is doing quite a bit out front to help the Obama campaign sort of going for the -- this kind of what you have to do -- -- know in the past he has expressed his concern about the negative tone of the Obama campaign the fact that they've been.
So negative on their stellar success.
Governor Romney -- as a sterling record as a businessman and obviously.
President Clinton have problems with the way they were attacking it and certainly he has some concerns about the fact that the president.
-- it was very successful.
Welfare program that included the responsibility to work.
So I think having Clinton alongside them will certainly help Obama given that he can claim that this is his role model on economy.
But we'll also -- a big -- on the back during the Clinton years they -- economic prosperity.
And now we have economic Damon thinks it's certainly not better than the American -- that and that raises.
That raises a question about Bill Clinton's speech this week Lanny do you expect that we'll hear more about bill -- did -- about what his presidency was like.
In that speech or will we hear more about -- the -- -- the beat Chris Christie -- -- gas is one of the questions about his feet.
Bill Clinton we'll talk about the policies that he fought for as president.
But Barack Obama stands where I mentioned national health care.
President Clinton raise taxes.
Not one Republican supporters and and cut spending.
And ended up with 23 million jobs in the trillion dollar surplus but I do agree that both Bill Clinton and I and many Clinton supporters.
Don't agree with that and Obama on everything.
For example we're very disappointed that he didn't endorse his own deficit reduction commission.
Some symbolism speaking for myself and I basically you have you've mentioned that you like to -- -- -- resident.
Supports and symbols around that time that's went up and the toilet -- -- well.
And I really Dallas in the tone of the campaign has been much too personal in attacking Mitt Romney and I -- -- -- Obama steps that.
Planning and I I think if we got to leave it there guys thank you very much.