Ben LaBolt: Voters will look at president's record, vision
Obama campaign press secretary previews DNC speech
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- Date Sep 6, 2012
Obama campaign press secretary previews DNC speech
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-- proposition those words from President Obama but Obama himself back in 2009.
Saying if he failed to improve America's financial picture he'd only get one term.
In eight hours he faces the challenge of taking the stage here in Charlotte and convincing Americans that he should now get four more years.
Critics like to talk about it best football national Press Secretary for Obama for America spend so Bret glad to have you here thank you think about having an -- busy day for you.
Yet I wish that he hadn't phrased that answered about our quite that way.
Well you've heard it all this week to significant progress that's been made since we went through the economic crisis -- 2008 we're -- 800000 jobs a month 3.5 million jobs in the final six months of the prior administration.
And these factors have been reversed businesses have created more than four point five million jobs GM -- report manufacturing jobs are growing for the first time.
But we can't stop there we have to restore economic security for the middle class.
The president's going to lay -- the road map to do that tonight.
Obviously things are out where she wanted them to be felt when they're not -- -- we need to be eight point 2% unemployment we've got 23 plus million Americans were unemployed or underemployed.
You know -- the president seem to be saying if he didn't have that reversed by now.
He'd be a one term president why should Americans give him more time.
Well we went through the most severe economic crisis that we've seen since the Great Depression.
But we didn't get into that overnight and it's not going to be solved overnight and the question now is should we build the economy from the middle class out and continue the progress we've made -- go back to the same economic policies that caused the economic crisis in the first place that's a governor Romney congressman Ryan -- proposed five trillion dollar tax cuts.
For the wealthiest.
Make the middle class and seniors pay for them strip back oversight from banks and polluters and assume that the market will take care of the rest.
That's a financial house of cards that collapsed in 2008 and crashed our economy and stretch the middle class then.
Why do you think he set that.
I I do you think then Americans will judge the president both on his record.
And his vision.
And you compare the president's record.
Which we just discussed to Mitt Romney's record somebody to try to get me back up front companies and an outsourcing -- Johnny -- in -- well there's an economic -- that we have to make public today if I.
Did he say -- do you think he said that you know I mean the people out to get just giving you the chance that so many people are set he said.
It would be a one term proposition well I think the record matters and if you're an auto worker.
In Ohio when your job was on the line in the industry was on the line but the president -- rescue loans when pundits said no other politicians ran for governor.
Governor Romney wrote an op Ed that was in titled let Detroit go bankrupt if you're.
Let somebody with a preexisting condition who's -- switching jobs.
Your health insurance might go away if you're one of the three point one million young people across this country of health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
But that wouldn't be there so.
But there are Americans across the country you heard them here last -- some of the American heroes who feel that significant progress has been made.
But that's the record that the president's running on I think that stands in stark contrast to Romney who -- all the same promises is making today when he's running for office in Massachusetts it didn't have filled and the pace of job creation slipped.
Behind other states -- -- -- stay with the largest per person -- of any state in the country.
What -- judge about what happened here on the floor that the DNC last night there -- you know -- that.
We've we've talked about this earlier pundits from across the political spectrum came out today and as a public gala obviously -- that the democratic strategist saying what we saw the floors beyond awkward embarrassing stupid and unforced error.
Where they took the word got out of the democratic platform they took the fact that Jerusalem as it is should be recognized -- -- capital city of Israel out of the platform.
And then they try to put it back in the and we side.
Mayor ray be a request to try to do get three times this crowd to -- back.
The re insertion of those terms and three times the crowd seemed evenly split are pretty split.
And that he just said OK we've got to -- itself.
It's is public -- right was it beyond awkward embarrassing stupid and unforced error.
But will listen the platform committee develops that language from scratch.
But they laid out what the president's record was on Israel -- talking about the unprecedented security cooperation military.
And intelligence cooperation.
But but the fact is when the president was informed that that language was no longer in the platform.
He ensured that we took action you know governor Romney last week said that some of the Republican platform didn't.
Reflect his views but he didn't step up to get their language stripped out the president did yesterday so is that what's in the remaining platform consistent with the president's views them.
But that's right now that it's been updated it is looked he looked at that.
That language about thank god given writes.
Any civil why on earth would this have been removed from the platform and -- -- sure that it went right back in.
He's still in criticized by some in particular folks who were pro Israel.
For what's what hasn't been reversed -- the new platform.
He used to call for Palestinian refugee refugees to be settled in a future Palestinian state.
Not in Israel.
And it used to say the United States should couldn't continue to isolate Hamas until it renounces terrorism and both of those items were taken out.
And have not been reinsert it.
Well I I think again it when you -- the platform.
There's no question about how strongly -- president has stood.
With Israel our security this has since Israel.
His unprecedented you know governor Romney said that he would do the opposite of Oprah on those two I have on the -- -- with the removal of those two items again this platform language was written from scratch and it's focused.
On the president's record himself you know what the administration's policy as it's been praised by Israeli leaders.
Across the spectrum for how strong the president stood with Israel at the UN.
For that unprecedented security assistance.
Governor Romney is that you do the opposite to the president on Israel does that mean he defund iron dome more -- back that unprecedented security assistance I think that he needs to come -- -- his view.
It's -- I wanted to ask you that -- that is senator -- to Tuesday's last night and she's been but she's a Georgia law grad now who's been.
And that ticket for reproductive rights and contraception coverage.
One of the things that she said spoke to Mitt Romney's failure to more harshly condemn Rush Limbaugh who took a shot at her.
Became on the national scene and here is what she set.
In that America.
-- new president.
Could be a man.
Who stands by.
When a public figure and tries to silence.
A private citizen.
With hateful slurs.
This -- you stand up to those slurs.
Or to any the extreme big it'd voices in his own party.
He has put her -- in prime time which is a major spot -- for her.
What about the presidents silence on Bill Maher and hateful things he has said about private citizens -- Well I think that all of the the president's spokespeople I -- -- of the presence that's about it for the president's spokespeople.
But it certainly made clear.
That Bill Maher.
But cross the lines that his comments that were inappropriate -- no place in -- political discourse.
I think he's always been somebody's willing to criticize people on his own side of the -- and his work towards civil discourse.
In politics but the fact is governor Romney hasn't stood up to extreme voices in his party you actually had sheriff -- pay you know doing an event.
In Tampa last week you sent Crisco -- right.
The platform for me certainly didn't stand up.
But to Rush Limbaugh and I think that was an appropriate discussion to have.
Why didn't the president stand -- -- why doesn't -- to Bill Maher he's become you know an issue for some on the left because he said such vile things about so many women.
And yet the president has taken a million dollars from candidates a question about whether our president should be associating with him and taking that money.
And being more forceful to stand up for.
The -- he's attacked including you know Bristol Palin the daughter of Sarah Palin and others.
Well that money it was did not come in to our campaign -- came into an organization that.
We're not allowed -- to coordinate with but but time and time again the president has spoken out for civil discourse.
I know we've all made clear in this organization that Omar's comments weren't appropriate.
But we did so right when those questions were -- And I think this was again.
In indication what she spoke about last night governor Romney's failure to stand -- the right wing in his party not only is he failed us to speak out.
That he's adopted but their economic policies and I think there'd be a disaster but for the middle class across this country.
Then most of them chose a big their -- as countries had a logistical nightmare to try to get all of last minute stuff that we're ready to get out I'm -- -- can -- big -- is that thanks so much and congratulations on -- Big night here --