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Republicans -- Well back to 20020042008.
Well we've got a real operation to turn our voters -- And that was house speaker John Boehner talking to Bret -- on special report last night.
And this is power play and I am Chris -- Walt and John Boehner has the largest majority.
Or 32 and a half generations that Republicans have had in the house.
I he'd like -- keep that he might even like to pad the numbers a little bit though it's going to be tricky because Republicans took a bunch of seats.
That -- Democrat are traditional democratic territory.
We're gonna talk about that.
We're gonna talk about Paul Ryan's big speech we're gonna talk about how Republicans are using digital technology like you -- -- -- to do more stuff.
Now we're gonna talk about a bunch of things today it will hear from Michael Brown we're going to have an absolute frolic on the Internet.
But before we get to the rest of our supper let's talk about how house Republicans.
Plan to hold their majority and keep -- large enough as they anticipate.
Mitt Romney coming to town to make some big changes.
Please -- Tom cotton.
I'm Chris it's good to see you Thomas from Arkansas.
And Tom is veteran of both.
Iraq and Afghanistan right this is true -- just accurately describe themselves and unemployed veteran.
But he did have a go to Harvard Law School before you dropped out.
Did you get your degree I got my degree at practice for a little bit and -- army.
Because the pay was better than being -- Harvard Law School graduate apple -- now just did our job running our job satisfaction higher job satisfaction.
And time you're one of the candidates that.
Arkansas and we should explain -- to Arkansas as we talk live with the West Virginia Kentucky Tennessee other states an app like we -- the hillbilly firewall that is looking to.
-- in the Republicans are looking to make fully read and there's one.
Lucy flat right in Arkansas and you would like to have that.
That's a -- for which I'm running incumbents retiring it's been democratic for the last twelve years and all but eight years of modern times but right now I think we're gonna turn it would rather be one of the you -- a few districts around the country.
That helps maintain a majority -- -- it.
I think is what we're gonna do we're gonna come back and talk and talk to mr.
-- a second but right now we wanted to hear from the man.
Who is put the money together to try to help Tom get elected so let's that let's take a lesson.
And we're here with congressman Pete Sessions now he represents some folks who live down in Texas and is obviously very concerned with their well being but.
He has a big job when it comes to -- Republican Party nationally and that is leading up the national Republican congressional campaign committee.
And it's kind of hard work because you have a big majority to defend.
You can be happy congressman that you succeeded you helped leaving your party to the largest gains that it experience in the house sense Harry Truman was in office.
Which was good.
But now you got a lot of water to hold -- a lot of tough districts.
You have 25 -- Majority right now in the house the largest in many decades for Republicans.
What's going to be left after the 2000.
In twelve election.
-- what will be left is a brand new majority it's gonna grow for Republicans to support not only the concepts and ideas of tax.
And growing our economy but also to make sure that John Boehner and a complete agenda of making sure that this country is more competitive with the world.
Is what will be available to John Boehner starting on January the third what will be left is Nancy Pelosi.
Once again find -- -- deep in the majority is we're gonna pick up seats and we're gonna cause chaos in the Democrat party now in a minute you're calling for a game you're saying net gain out of 2012.
Absolutely let's just say that I think will pick up between five and seven net new seats.
And we'll send the Democrats packing back to see if they can figure out how to tax somebody else but not the American people.
Where where do you get 576.
Well I think that that's important for us to note that if I were the chairman of the because I would recognize that you've got -- -- Massachusetts John Tierney.
-- Johns in trouble and when your problem Massachusetts you're in trouble.
And then you -- southbound directly to its I Rhode Island.
And maybe the -- -- seat yet and we've got to Brendon authority used to be the superintendent of police.
I think he's gonna win this rights.
Keep going further south we've got Georgia North Carolina.
We've got all up -- -- the East Coast seats we're gonna win.
I think also if you look at some second tier seats but once which we think which you can materialize quickly.
-- in New York.
We got Randy old Schuettler we have met bill Haney.
We have certainly Louise Slaughter who is was the chairman of the rules committee.
Liberal Democrat voted for tax increases and more spending.
And we have a great candidate against her so I think -- and on the East Coast we're looking very good -- they had a couple new instant Texas.
And at one course and you know Arkansas won in Oklahoma.
And then I think Jason Plummer will in this -- will win this seat.
That is just east of Saint Louis in the seat that has never been held by Republicans in there -- you know it -- in Illinois so these are seats all across the country that I think we're not just gonna.
Win but I think the electorates gonna recognize.
That Paul Ryan was a strong attribute -- house Republicans.
We'll not only add to the debate but we're gonna start -- -- conversation about.
Where is America -- how we're gonna get there but you all.
Are playing some defense too you'll have to admit you've got seats that you've won and when he can that hadn't been Republican for a good long time.
We look in northern Illinois.
We look at some of the races in New York State and we see some tough rose to vote for you guys.
You know in fact we do have some.
Some seats that we're gonna have to defend and I think the defense that will offer.
Will be that we are the people that said we're not going to lose further.
American jobs we're gonna.
Not have and Obama health care bill.
That would diminish some 800000.
Jobs between now and 2014.
There's a -- that needs to take place very quickly about.
What read do with the tax cuts and and and big impact there is tremendous.
If we do nothing and -- mayor all Americans -- an increase in taxes one point two million jobs will be lost the Congressional Budget Office says.
If we do with the Democrats want to do.
Jobs if we do Republicans want to do sea -- We should keep taxes where they are we should not increase them.
On the highest wage earners.
And if we do this we can save jobs every job is important in this country and that's where Republicans stand.
We know what about -- no money it's very helpful to have money when you want to defend seats or when another seat has as a fundraising race going we are twelve million dollars ahead of the Democrat -- congressional.
Committee at this point and that is twelve million bucks because.
Speaker Boehner certainly Eric Cantor Jim -- lane kept them car of the Vern Buchanan and myself Greg Walden have been all around the country attempting to make sure we sell a fight.
And the fight is really over the future that we're headed to in this country and Republicans.
I believe have done a better job of selling that by -- -- what we're gonna win.
Congressman I know how much -- like -- Democrats thanks for coming on and talking about it have a great day.
-- so that was congressman sessions who is pretty pumped up about all of that stuff and so Tom question for you.
For the constituents of your would be district which is basically western and southern Arkansas as he was just bragging it's as big as West Virginia whatever that's fine that but that -- -- question -- You're calling card is your service in the military -- Does that is that still relevant when voters are talking about the economy when they're talking about jobs and things like that.
It -- -- -- a couple ways you know national security is always the first responsibility federal government but second and more generally.
I think voters are looking for new generation of leaders -- exemplify the military virtues.
Service and sacrifice and courage and are willing to go to Washington.
And takes take positions that might be controversy -- that are needed to get.
Country back on track.
How is the Romney right ticket gonna affect you in your district because as we're talking about they're determined that we use -- you know this because you're obviously.
Kind of inside -- -- you wouldn't be watching that's.
But we do.
Plus numbers and R&R minus your district is an.
His district is gonna vote -- or traditionally historically would vote Republican by about eight points that he looks good for you it's been held by Mike Ross who's a conservative Democrat.
And he's retiring.
How is Paul Ryan and that stuff going in Medicare in a district that has a lot of senior citizens gonna affect you.
Was going to be great first just from a political standpoint because that are what state is heavily influenced by Barack Obama's 27 point loss in -- district four years ago he did he -- not -- -- super and the -- yes.
But second you know -- my campaign -- last thirteen months I've been you know advocating for Paul Ryan's budget has planned to help save Medicare for today's seniors and transform for our generation.
-- one of the largest planned retirement communities -- country in my district political Hot Springs village yesterday and Paul Ryan is truly a rock star there you know voters there for quite tell me that they want me to go to Washington be the next caller Ryan so they don't just love his policies I love him and they're very excited about having him on the ticket as -- -- He wants to reference.
That Bill Clinton's hometown.
I thought this compound and well and might hit it he's quick to stipulate that the we thank you for your service we thank you resident here okay we're gonna take a quick break but when we come back we're gonna talk more about all right we're gonna talk about his big speech we're gonna talk about how worked in what you thought about it we'll get to your -- your comments.
And the total.
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College graduates should not have to live out their twenties in their childhood bedrooms.
Staring up at fading Obama posters.
And wondering when they can move out and get going with life.
And that was when congressman Paul Ryan the Republican vice presidential nominee.
Finally brought the house down and this is power play welcome back and congressman Ryan had today.
There have been -- start -- he got used to the prompter in the big moment as he walked out on stage but -- we got gallon -- -- had a pretty good time talking to the Republican faithful gathered here at Tampa.
For the Republican National Convention.
And the question is this and this is what matters the most when you have a 42 year old.
Running mate did he passed the test the plausibility test to be the guy who would step into the Oval Office what a -- -- -- Somebody who knows that because he's seen a lot of people try to pass this test is run -- -- And Ron is the editor in chief of National Journal.
Ron is arguably one of the most veteran most experienced guys that big big time big league journalism in Washington welcome -- that means -- very over.
These are ways that we say that there are there other ways you -- then I could say old but we don't know who I mean speaking in code area of about -- -- you -- -- I say without fear correction that you are one of the guys who has seen this.
Game played at the highest level for a long time so last night Paul Ryan.
Had several things he had to fire up the base if he had to do.
Go on the attack against president -- and do all those things.
But my point is that the biggest thing that he had to -- it was past the plausibility test Barack Obama.
In 2008 had to deal with the plausibility test could person that young could have African American guy could does he look like he could be president.
How did Paul Ryan -- on the plausibility test last night at the.
I think he really good.
Yeah I think he did I think the big test for and actually during the debates how does he stand up one on one with was killed by you guys -- the -- the little lower than you might think the modified to I hope yesterday yesterday.
I don't think people -- looking him yesterday as -- is this guy ready to be present in part because there's really no doubt around Mitt Romney Mitt Romney isn't.
He's already healthy yes -- and look as old as he is so it's not like with John McCain.
We're the only other really with a question on the minds what's gonna happen and it's not an urgent question it's not here to question I think what they're looking for I think what he did yesterday was.
I think -- I don't know this for sure -- got the feeling.
-- watching this on TV which by the way it's coming straight little quiet place I try to watch it like you know I'm -- on the Fox News Channel and our cars apparently it was last.
-- -- my my guess is he connected my guess is he looked like go beyond some you know new generational -- authentic.
Serious minded -- Yes he started slowly if this is a movie review it was -- it was a slow start we know I think people solid years ago I was trying to get control himself now -- noticed that he would.
Take your breath and then go and I was and you.
Gathering some composing himself much like a mother -- like your child to do and in doing that they I think I think he scored with them but the mothers out there and gotten me especially that the kind of my guess is we'll see if armor with a polls.
That's the suburban college educated women that Romney needs to get more of I guess -- he -- very good with that answer.
Well you know there's and we were.
Tracking and on Twitter last night and during our Twitter index for -- score and he didn't get a huge bump and -- got a giant bomb.
She had an enormous company got hesitate when we got -- seven point bomb.
In in his index score.
And last night as I -- I attributed that to that he stirs a lot of sentiment on both -- Paul Ryan is controversial figure.
This morning you read papers.
And they're out there and they've got their talking points.
Has he survived.
We talk about the plausibility test but we also talk about the definition phase right as he moved into a phase where he is now defined as somebody that can live and fight another day.
That that's what else struggling to say that's my that's a -- I think he had overcome I think he did I -- it looks scary yesterday it looked -- the Medicare stealing.
-- throw really -- throwing a monster -- he looked like the kind of got a green you might like to probably called her grandson.
OK -- now how's this playing in the press today how how did his speech go over and then in the big press.
On what the answer the other angle too busy to read everybody got hot I think the connect -- -- like you have not today reviewed if I will guarantee this is something I'll guarantee you with -- with without -- -- The today Ron has read.
In New York Times the Washington Post Wall Street Journal and I'm gonna go with Financial Times what's your what's your fourth wild -- newspaper in the morning.
This morning hadn't heard any of them I swear I got a -- convention daily which -- recommend everybody do the national leader on the national early you don't have to read anything else watch Fox News you pretty much got to this is shameful this is that this is a shameful moment where it got a lot gamble leaving less -- there's your question I think just from talking to me and my fellow.
Hmmm I think conventional wisdom among the mainstream media is there wasn't a very good speech again and again.
Could be wrong but I think it played much better on middle America than.
It played in this press filing center to think it was -- I do I really do now they don't have a proven wrong before I have some five that the governor -- -- in Arkansas would never become president.
Thank I don't trust a word on.
Whoever that guy was also wearing an all Arkansas.
First half of our hour long power -- I have before -- -- we had a guy who's running for Mike Ross secede Tom cotton the Republican is -- and out there.
-- that's that's the autopsy for Democrats -- I don't think that I'd I think fit Arkansas is probably leaning red this year that little bit and have furthest thing.
-- we thank you for being with -- have been OK even though you haven't even though you can read papers that's fine totally broke my whole image of California and that's fine it's okay.
We're gonna take a quick break.
But when we come back we're gonna talk more about how Paul Ryan's playing out there we're gonna talk more about how you Internet are driving the discussion this year.
You'll enjoy it so stick around.
He began with a housing crisis they alone didn't cause.
It ends with a housing crisis they didn't correct.
It began with a.
Perfect AAA credit rating for the United States.
It ends with a downgraded America.
-- I'm talking about what he loves to talk about which is fiscal issues.
And claiming that the United States -- already downgraded in its credit rating by a couple of agencies is headed for worse.
-- power -- model back and welcome back to Tampa.
Welcome to Richardson from the Fox Business Network.
And a friend of this powerful Internet political telecast that you and so.
Is he right is the -- is the United States bound to have another credit downgrade.
Lot of it depends on what happens in the next few months.
And that includes the election because you've not only got fiscal cliff is as congress does -- it enjoys doing and that is -- out every -- and it extends the full suite of tax rates and it decides to avert cuts for another year undo them all the full trillion dollar package.
That's could be a problem but what markets are looking for now is some sense that there will be a large debt compromise that also deals entitlements at some point.
Next year now wait a minute now -- so we have the fiscal cliff deal with -- So that's December something has to happen in December what you're saying is that what have a patch.
You don't carries over until there's new -- beyoncé if congress does what it usually does NASA's Kennedy is everything in and move.
-- then of course we know that that depends on on what happens with the election.
You've also got the sense actually if if congress does actually nothing.
And we do have these massive spending cuts and these tax increases that actually does help the credit worthiness of the country but what markets really not the economy but the credit where credit where that is.
Markets want to see is some type of large and long term structured deal.
Early part of next year now we got downgraded about a year ago what happened.
Borrowing rates got cheaper for the US that's less of a function of our credit worthiness in more a function of there's really not much -- -- folks wanna invest in and I think the dollar is safer than other places other currencies other -- and so that.
That you've got some analysts thinking that perhaps.
If you continue on this path did downgrade perhaps next year -- 2013 again.
And then you begin to see some more reservations among investors is to actually have safe.
Is the US to invest in and that's when you burn -- goes up and that's props so what you're saying we're basically gonna operate in a period of states has till after the election we're going to be and where we're we're going to be on -- Because we've -- -- and look what we want to see action analysts war and -- investors want to see something as far as debt and deficits concern.
In 2013 and if not.
That could very well lead to another downgrade.
You're Smart you know stuff.
We're glad you're just we're totally just -- we're totally -- and okay we have to take a quick break but when we come back we have.
Lots more Internet excellence for you Internet so stick around.
Talking about a woman's life and that somehow my husband.
Caused her death came.
It's just horrible.
And that is that is outrageous and you know those things are upsetting.
By -- and it's what we're dealing with right now I expect more than actually.
We eat out.
-- you don't think it's the better candidate and her Italian them I don't think it's communities here I don't think those.
Those kinds of charges are gonna end.
And that wise and Romney the wife of Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
Talking -- -- in agreement and this is power play.
So let's talk to -- brain.
Who got talked to in Romney I believe that was the first sit down one on one interview that the former first lady of Massachusetts had -- -- boffo.
Convention speech is that not true.
Yeah she felt good out -- you could tell she was still sort of riding -- Give us rabbit hole but right now let's just pray you let's just focus on the fact that -- got that interview in congratulating you very much so we're very happy to have -- good -- stipulate she is used humble and hungry but yes we stay that way we status save both let me just absolutely.
Right said the question is this.
She's going to so that was.
I mean that's a special moment for any candidates wife and she definitely delivered in the total consensus was great job.
But it's going to be a long time out there on the trail these seventy days that are ahead are going to be very rough.
Is she going to be able to manage that.
You would she seemed it's -- it's in good health commission -- -- -- struggles they're very open about living with and -- she seemed to be in a really good place and you did ask about -- -- -- and her husband and some of the typical political -- and what it's like to watch that as a south.
We got some emotion from her I didn't expect some doubt that when someone you love is being attacked.
But she told me she expects -- only gonna get nasty here and tougher accuses the next few days.
In the next couple of months.
Absolutely so but when you think about what it is like where candidates -- husband or wife is they go out there.
How do you and you've covered campaigns you've seen people do it wrong and you've seen people do it right.
In terms of how you do this what do you think the -- I think it's difficult because the spouse is often someone that you want to see there's very supportive but you don't most.
Average voters out there don't want -- think that there are pulling puppet strings are.
Getting too involved in the policy think back to I Hillary Clinton when she was the First Lady if she -- so much criticism for being so involved in the health care debates and those kinds of things.
Just -- -- criticism by the way when her husband was doing things that maybe she didn't like for being.
Stand by your main Tammy Wynette she took that accusation that Hillary had a tougher than -- He did have a tough and to live your life in the public I -- to have to go through all that I can imagine how painful would be on that scale to do it.
Unlike a lot of times people -- -- -- spouses political spouses as supportive as informed.
But not as somebody who was maybe -- like you're not voting for two people on the ticket you're voting for the one's -- I think it's a tricky thing -- navigate.
But you know what you could tell though from and Romney and and there's something that you can't fake and we've seen and I won't name any names but we've seen political -- -- try to fake it.
Her the very fact that you can just tell that she is devoted and loves her husband and you can also tell that her husband's inspired by her.
You can see that they sort of feed off each -- you feel that energy.
-- and the thinking for so long forty plus years and it's -- I think people love their story falling eleven high school.
Weathering some lean years in the beginning raising five kids together and going to a number of health as he says -- -- division and macaroni helix that is instilling that in my house only because and it's terrible I also delicious and if you put -- -- says tuna -- cats -- exactly.
Specialty and bring -- Very genuine and I think that I know if they're from has not true that's not accurate that is that's pretty -- accurate -- as I'm not making YouTube and Katz wrote little notes he can actually cut on the winning but I digress.
On the -- she seems very warm very open very genuine -- a lot of -- talking points they seem -- an interview.
With -- seems like you're just having conversation you're making new friends and I think that that is such an asset for both her and her husband out on the track.
She entertains she -- she is the -- and -- we thank you Missouri cinecast mountain if Shelton's lucky.
We're gonna come back we're gonna talk about how you Internet or informing the discussion.
To stick around.
And there is your Twitter political index -- today President Obama arriving at 32 up three points and yesterday and Mitt Romney still surfing the wave at sixty point.
Up eighteen cents yesterday and they asked if power -- and welcome back to Tampa.
Where we are rocking the house talking about the Republican National Convention but also talking about how social media and the discussion is driving the national discussion.
So I guess what we ought to do.
Just because we should.
Is talked to -- Moffett who is the director.
Internet stuff for the Romney campaign Zach welcome.
He -- -- -- global say so that the question is this.
Republicans got stomped in 2008 non line -- and I mean bad.
-- -- he ten we saw a lot of grassroots activism you saw a lot of stuff.
The Romney campaign has done things.
A little differently or -- pretty substantially differently you did the app for vice presidential nomination.
You've done other things.
Talk to us about your strategy on line.
I think it's really a reflection of mavericks -- campaign manager -- my answer to -- realizing this has to be 2012 -- digital first campaign.
You have to be able to assume my position is elevated as a senior staff member now so I'm -- -- senior strategist discussions.
We're no longer reacted so.
We actually I think -- -- it explains it best we went from the department of fourteen in the primary the total campaign was only 87 we're -- 110 people -- -- department so.
Resources have been allocated we're gonna ring that we need and we feel very comfortable that we are prepared -- -- twelfth.
So something that we are doing on the Fox News Channel we've partnered with Twitter.
Two do it Twitter index for speakers.
And and -- doubled her -- They -- today enormous boom and Paul Ryan though last night did not get that kind of a bumpy got a seven point -- and and what it illustrated as you went through the tweets.
Was that Ryan motivated so much negative sentiment can keep motivated more positive than negative sentiment the Democrats were out in force.
It's very hard to go against the former first lady of Massachusetts -- her message when she comes out and says I wanna talk about love and it's hard to go out and -- against -- But when we talk about this is gonna get kind of micro but -- kind of micro to Internet.
-- -- -- -- What are you guys gonna do next week when the Democrats are trying to have their big moment what are you going to do to make sure that it's not -- -- I think get to insert yourself the dialogue community you have to make sure that you are costly engaging we have a very active presence -- servers are great on Twitter I think it's really -- it to find themselves.
We tend to be a party that's not -- top down is that the DNC and the Obama campaign to kind of stipulates what people have to treat it seems unless -- -- because that it because of that of any feature we really able to push back I think we're -- it's interesting things with.
Advertising next week we're gonna it's uninteresting things with -- circuits that we have I think they were gonna do whatever we can't do.
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Enjoy yourself back in Boston where it's a little cooler than Tampa we'll point out and I will also weighed this out.
The number of tweets related to the convention the Republican National Convention thus far.
More than two million.
That's more than.
Have been in all of 2008 for both conventions.
So you're pretty big deal Internet pat yourself on the back and also stick around.
Ladies and gentlemen the president of the United States of America.
-- -- Well.
Act because we can never resist playing it was vice president Joseph Biden telling President Obama what a big blanking deal it was to have passed in 2010.
A law that changes the way that Americans are insured.
For their health coverage the way that Americans in Iraq the federal government as relates to health care and changed a lot of stuff.
This power play welcome back we're here in Tampa as we continue our hour long very exciting coverage of the Republican National Convention.
And I want to welcome back to the show.
A friend of the show.
Greg yet he is the attorney general of the great state of Texas the lone star state and yours specialty.
On the national level in -- I'm sure you have a lot of specialties as it relates to the the judicial process and all of those things but nationally which are known for.
Is that you have been -- staunchest.
Fiercest most ferocious opponent of the president's health care law.
You guys lost at the Supreme Court.
But you believe that you can make this an effective issue on the campaign trail right.
It will be for one I felt 24 different legal actions against the Obama administration I'm known in Washington -- the plaintiff in chief.
One of the lawsuits we brought was challenging obamacare.
We were all disappointed with the outcome of that decision because five judges voted to uphold what is now the Obama tax here's the key part though.
We lost the battle.
But the war is not over.
The war will be determined -- what happens in November because Mitt Romney Paul -- have made clear.
That if they are elected they will repeal obamacare so is the American people who now have the boat and they can overturn what the Supreme Court did.
So now the question is -- -- let's let's break down a little bit there there was.
A much of discussion about what the decision really means give us -- for those of us who are not give us the layman's description about what the decision really -- -- the decision really means is that there is now a new tax imposed on all Americans.
Obamacare is a way of taxing people who refuse to go out.
And purchased the health care insurance that is embedded in the obamacare law.
What -- really means and in real life terms however because of businessmen and women that I've talked to across Texas and across America.
And that is there are businesses that are not hiring because of the obamacare tax there are doctors who are not practicing medicine.
Because of the Obama care plan this is going to be detrimental to the employment detrimental to our economy detrimental to health care.
Right now Mitt Romney.
Most famous in Republican circles and that certainly famous with the governor with him you serve in Texas.
For his health care law in Massachusetts.
Does he need to address that tonight is he need to talk about the similarities between his health care on the president's -- Well they did -- or for one or dis similarities between the two before another most importantly he has made abundantly clear.
That one of his first actions is to repeal obamacare they can do that in two ways you got one he can do it by passing a new law that repeals obamacare and -- anybody better have a Republican senator -- Republican senate would be required.
-- doesn't gain the Republican senate.
He could do it by executive order he could tell us secretary of health and human services not to implement the law I can tell the director -- RS not to implement the law.
And that would basically neuter the obamacare plan.
I'll cry all right so what he.
What do you want to and leaving aside your legal role.
As -- as a Republican as a politician.
As a citizen what do you want to hear from Mitt Romney tonight.
I want to hear from Mitt Romney won.
A little bit more about his personal story because this is a man who's faced real challenges in his life.
The everyday challenges that every working class family American faces.
America needs to know more about his.
Overcoming obstacles -- like.
The second thing we need to hear from him is how he will go about creating jobs the reality is the Obama administration has -- the economy.
The reality is -- the administration can.
The economy he needs to lay -- precisely what he will do the third thing he needs to do is to.
And form a fellow Americans that the Obama administration has put us in the international danger and that Mitt Romney can bring us back from that break.
Greg -- one of the rising stars of the Republican Party nationally and if you live in Texas already pretty big deal.
We thank you very much attorney general for being with us thank you appreciate OK we're gonna take a break.
But when we come back there is more excellence awaiting you and that is.
Michael -- who can explain stuff.
In ways that we'd like to hear will be with us so stick around.
And we were going to be back with Michael -- but before we do that we just had some breaking news here the state of Texas said it was is trying to implement one of the most stringent.
Voter identification laws in the country and day appeals court in Washington DC just said.
No so I thought we might as well have the chief law enforcement officer of the state of Texas with us.
Greg Abbott the attorney general of Texas.
What does this mean what is that what is it where does your state stand now.
Well this is deeply disappointing because of voter ID law has already been upheld about the United States Supreme Court.
Texas should have the same ability other states have to require people to show -- photo ID when they go vote.
Because of this decision we believe Texas has been put any position different than the other states and we will be appealing this to the United States Supreme Court asking the Supreme Court.
To impose in this case the same decision rendered -- just four years ago -- Texas in a different circumstance because of civil rights legislation that's at southern states have to get permission to proceed with anything that changed when people vote.
That makes for difference because we do have to give their permission however constitutionally.
We believe that is an unfair -- the Texas has to go through there's no reason why voters in Indiana.
Should be required to show a photo ID the voters in Texas should not.
We believe that this could be one of the Bellwether cases this strikes down the pre clearance requirement under section five of the voting rights act.
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This week you've -- leaders from all across America gather in Tampa to show how we can build a future that it's better.
-- -- -- And that was Mitt Romney who will be here in camp or.
He's already back here in Tampa.
To accept formal way the nomination of his party the Republicans.
And this is power play welcome back to Tampa.
And for Mitt Romney he was there talking to The American Legion talking about veterans' issues taking a crack.
And President Obama and Indiana it was a quick commute for him because he's got to be back you're getting ready for the most important speech.
Of his political career.
What does he need to do what it thinks he -- talk about -- knows that is Michael Brown.
Who is the senior political analyst for the Washington examiner.
Who is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
Who is the principal editor and author of the almanac of American politics and who is one of your very favorite people so Michael.
You've covered a lot of these.
And how many how many combat this is the 21 command national convention and I've attended in some way shape or form -- -- -- who's counting but -- count but who's -- so tonight Mitt Romney who has been a -- to some.
Who has been an annoyance to others who is -- the exact.
Candidate the moderates.
Blue state Republican that many in his party been calling for.
Who does he need to talk to -- what what does he need to set.
Well he needs to talk to the Republican base he needs to talk to undecided voters.
The reason the parties put on these confections -- church hugely expensive partly government financed.
It particularly oil trying to choke submission attitude and -- if you -- for some of it.
Time and trouble a lot of time and trouble to put these together is that they believe that they often.
Need their campaigns that this is a window in which an unusually large number of American voters are watching.
Reacting to what they see him Cameron so you know Mitt Romney it's been said that he has -- like ability gap with.
I think that's overstated -- -- really well didn't watch a BC -- -- -- at which one is more likable Obama wins 6127.
But if you look at the real clear politics average of recent -- -- unfavorable to unfavorable.
Obama said about 4940 you know you know it's about 50485.
Or something and -- is that 4545.
-- weaker but not a lot weaker in that regard.
I think he needs to tell -- story we've heard something about the story of Mitt Romney's life from him Romney from some of the other speakers there but of course.
We want to hear directly from him in to humanize himself as a candidate.
And I think you know and Romney effectively.
I inference the point that you know even if people are hugely successful economically.
You also have your problems you difficulties they're very much like those of just about everybody else -- not just saying that because he's from the same county as both of the Romney's and went to the same high school as Mitt Romney right.
That's correct that was that three years ahead of Mitt Romney -- -- school Bloomfield hills Michigan he has nicer here than you and I'm I mean I say that -- love but he has much much nicer there than there.
Well you know I've got nicer here the -- All right let's -- -- I -- I thought I thought it.
Here's what oh by the way Joseph Biden and Barack Obama both went to fancy private schools who know how academy and why it -- fancy you know it's fancies it gets in Hawaii and Joseph Biden went -- -- academy founded by John.
Pretty big deal here's what Neal Erickson says if those.
Who spoke last night are any indication of the caliber of people.
Mitt Romney will surround himself with this country will be store division respect and greatness I don't care what party you come from.
These people are the hope of this country's future.
-- your waxing.
Barone like in your policy today you are waxing like Michael here.
That's not paid for by the Republican National Committee is probably not but -- but Michael we have seen a vision of the Republican Party.
Fairly moderate we've seen a vision of people who the very plainly been making the appeal to the middle Condoleezza Rice -- -- -- Martinez last night.
Talk about in this pageant.
How how how are they delivering.
Well I think they're delivering pretty well -- Condoleezza Rice was up there on some of our rival cable networks you would not know that archer Davis was up there last night that you would not know that a number of other speakers were up there with.
Really different points of view and so forth and I want to go -- -- I'm John Sununu said yesterday.
He said yes but who's watching.
But -- Yeah but basically -- I think part of it is that the issues that these people are preoccupied with.
Our issues that are pretty.
It's central to voters they're talking about the economy they're talking about the size and scope of government should government.
Be more intrusive.
And we heard last night on foreign policy and some significant respect from Condoleezza Rice and from John McCain and very sober terms.
One theme that I hear coming through a number of these speeches including John McCain's including Paul Ryan's last night.
Is that Barack Obama's not doing its job.
He's been playing golf a record number of times he's attended a record number of political fund -- for president.
More than all four of his predecessors had did combined in their first terms.
But he's you know the Simpson Bowles.
Commission which he appointed -- put into place.
-- president's commission on debt and deficit led by former Republican senator from Wyoming Alan Simpson.
And former White House chief of staff to Bill Clinton.
Well gamblers in North Carolina Democrat who ran for the senate vote moderates and -- thought at the time was they were forced to create the president felt forced to create panel because because the year -- -- not because his negotiations with speaker -- over so called -- -- -- fiscal policy did not work out well it did not work out -- -- the Washington Post reported.
What Obama did suddenly upped his demand.
For tax increases.
From -- 400 billion dollars after asking for less before that's a bargaining tactic that is designed.
-- scuttle negotiations.
The Simpson Bowles commission he and go through that probably just be ended up in the round file quite quickly he did -- Nowak -- whatever right and I think -- some of these people we heard from Rob Portman was a former budget director of the Ohio senator.
There really frustrated because they've been working hard trying to in some cases work on bipartisan basis Rob Portman was part of that through committee of eight that would.
Democratic and Republican senators that they were trying to come up with something it did come up with something.
Did make some motion forward the Democrats did not finally agree to anything.
But the president does it seems to be more interest in the making campaign.
-- tax than he does in making public policy.
You know even when his party was in control and they were passing things in congress he seemed curiously in different.
To the exact provisions of the Obama care the patient protection affordability.
-- Affordable Care Act.
To this stimulus package was passed in February 2009.
And as a result.
There's a lot of glitches and problems in that to provide attack.
You know basis for campaign attacks by Republicans.
They also provide genuine public policy problems that somebody's gonna have to iron out sooner or later.
Cindy Harris has Mike Huckabee is a great saying I am a conservative but I'm not angry about it.
So long as Republicans.
Can't address the issues without appearing -- -- harsh we win this but there's a balancing -- here permit -- He needs to be appealing to these women that were always talking about.
Household and -- collar counties in swing states they're fairly moderate.
These are the women who get to decide the election.
And and have for quite awhile but if he doesn't -- the base in.
The news so that's kind of tricky well I think -- -- in the kind of interesting position in American politics because we had to.
Pretty stable political coalitions between 1995 and 2005.
Election after election House of Representatives of numbers are just about the same for each party.
And those -- that you know those those alignments were along the lines of your views on cultural issues religious issues moral issues.
Things that are very deeply important to people.
And that correlated very highly with voting behavior with party identification.
Now the issue focuses change to the economy.
Do the size and scope of government -- coalitions are still roughly.
Made up a line along those cultural issue alignment.
But they're changing somewhat to Chris I mean you -- look at the list of targets dates and everybody was put together in January of this year we were assured that those were the only purple states the only ones in contention.
That was just change all right I'm Missouri has fallen off that list is not there are matched in -- -- and -- not managed to bring it back on this the Indiana which Obama carried was never on in Michigan and Wisconsin are now on that target list you detonates over the New York Times -- -- -- Michigan poll showing it even are.
Quite right he may be right about that but the fact is Michigan is a target stayed in is.
Mitt Romney's comment about it birth certificate which the you know nobody asked for -- for a certificate -- right to right.
Having asked for birth certificate from the wing county register -- by the way it's not automatic that you can.
Right away I'll leave that I don't have I -- born -- -- -- I've got I've got and actually with the Oakland county register and it's fairly tough because I of course was born in the same -- as Michael.
Well -- -- Wayne -- oh well he pulled out tonight Mike Michaels tougher than me.
But you know it did Newt Gingrich pointed out that -- that Romney got five days to -- sport in the midwest.
Republicans haven't had a midwesterner on the ticket since 1996 they haven't had a midwesterner and a winning tickets since 1988 Dan Quayle.
You know they won mostly in the eighties with tickets from California and Texas.
There's probably a little bit of an -- there I think of liberal people -- mainstream media bring up this birther issue.
I think it's not to appeal to the general public which doesn't hear right whether.
You know the few crazy people think that Obama wasn't born in the US and they can somehow oust him from office by some process or another.
I think they're trying to reassure their friends and relations who -- disappointed and Barack Obama were sour on them.
And by bringing up this so called birther issue what they're doing is saying what you just can't -- for the Republicans they're just crazy and body.
And so forth there and perhaps they're trying to -- themselves up a little bit too when.
Reduce any possible temptation of thinking that it might in some ways be better for the country of Mitt Romney -- Paul Ryan were elected.
-- important part of the country for Republicans -- 2010 was the midwest was the Rust Belt.
The I seventy court or in -- worth.
It's the place where New York State had -- chairman -- tax would say upstate New York to it's sort of like during the tail out he wants to bring the tale of New York have -- ninety to I ninety but.
Where to the republicans' stand this well the the -- That the electoral vote in the in the midwest last time like I calculated I think it was 96 to 27 I put that the blog -- don't hold me to that extent now what at Washington examiner Washington examiner dot com enjoy but.
You know I think right now it's entirely you know Ohio obviously is in play once again for the fourth straight election.
But Michigan Wisconsin there.
Lot of signs that Mitt Romney may very well be ahead in Iowa where Republican registration has gone up democratic registration has gone down.
When you had opposite movement about a dozen years ago and I -- that was a pretty good indicator of what turned out to be.
Electoral success for the Democratic Party and Iowa.
So perhaps this is an indicator of electoral success for the Republicans there and some Republicans even talking about Minnesota -- mean.
And learned out of all -- move.
-- And in real Barack Obama last time was 54%.
It was 56 in Wisconsin which everybody agrees it's a target -- 57%.
In Michigan which.
Many people think is a target state.
I seldom look askance at Michael Brown but I just looked askance at Michael well now I have had some people are talking it's.
-- that others have said that's what we call during a Chris Wallace but we thank you for taking time for us today you are a great if -- if I enjoyed working with him at the examiner you'll enjoy reading him there.
We have to go but we will be back with more tomorrow to wrap up Mitt Romney's big speech night.
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