Have Democrats crossed the line with Nazi remarks?
South Carolina Democratic chair Dick Harpootlian responds
- Duration 5:16
- Date Sep 6, 2012
South Carolina Democratic chair Dick Harpootlian responds
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Welcome back -- Charlotte where players are really lighten up -- -- -- -- this rocket out -- sound great hopefully it's under the second at home.
That quote you saw there was a single club that fired up the president's opponents and provided -- -- before part of the Republican National Convention last week.
Any new interview the president says that while he regrets the quote syntax of that statement he does not regret the substance of the statement.
Anything out differently if he's the chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party I did before we get to that.
You have caused an uproar here in Charlotte because you made a comment about governor Nikki Haley a Republican.
South Carolina your day.
Talking about how she's been in the basement studio that NASCAR hall of fame doing sort of you know comments for the Republicans -- -- he said quote she was down in the bunker a lot people abroad.
First that was Hitler's mistress.
And that she -- come out called you an angry hateful man.
The Romney campaign is about demanded that you and other democratic officials cease and desist from Harry doesn't really disagree did not -- -- -- one of three democratic officials who has made a similar comment about Nazis and -- and tying.
The Republicans than just this week how you respond.
Well I think those two things that it is and I sort of reticent to extract the perhaps it does -- This is a woman as governor who has not only.
But avoided the press she refuses to ask questions answered questions at press conference she goes -- the basement has bodyguards there won't let.
People that want to ask real questions in.
We offer to come over and debate her -- about the policies of Romney vs Obama.
And perhaps a choice of examples was hyperbole and wrong but you know when your.
In the heat of all lists.
You may exceed -- the -- what people think should think they're a good taste have done it before I'm afraid I may do it again in the future.
You're colorful guy and you've been our program he's had -- colorful things in the past -- and end.
-- -- some some of that is lovable and some of it isn't.
And in there is a question about whether that if you tell me Dick is this some sort of he knew that now -- because it's our viewers know you made a -- -- -- -- -- at a top Kansas delicate made a comment about how Romney's dishonest like Hitler.
John Burton chair of the Democratic Party California said just like Joseph -- stabilize it -- -- daylight big he suddenly had gone to California for a -- control or root canal after that comment and -- you so it's -- three.
Making Nazi comments about Republicans.
Well again the hyperbole it -- bounds here this -- in hyperbole is something that I regret.
You know what I really regret is making a comment like that distracts from the discussion.
Romney's economic plan vs personal -- play into really -- just campaign that's the only regret I have.
Am -- you know out of this national a focus I make cross the line again but not about Nazis and I didn't and want to -- she did not see what I -- why -- she lives in a very insular world.
We're where people cannot criticize certain people cannot answer a trend questions about transparency.
And she refuses last week she told reporter -- answering your questions.
Chicago reporter a little girl and refused to answer a question the woman -- 27 year old woman.
And that was a point I was trying to make.
-- I should particular critique him on this broadcast this week and answer questions -- but -- -- -- -- -- substance -- what -- letting -- talk -- which -- President Obama -- Regrets the syntax that you didn't built that but not the underlying message.
That's become a big huge -- -- -- Republicans and independents alike of small business owners are walking around with -- -- saying.
I did build this sure didn't get -- -- Judy have been a little bit more.
Apologetic or more of an explanation as to how that came out his thinking.
Well if someone who.
Just jam their foot in her mouth but this week myself I'm.
I've got great sympathy his his.
Explanation I think is very good in what he means is and I know what he means and most people do those not trying to make political points with -- is that.
That you don't do it alone were all in this together that government does help some people that we found out after that that comment that even Mitt Romney at one point had.
Government assistance for one of his -- companies I mean it's this idea that government is bad or shouldn't be involved.
We wouldn't have interstate -- wouldn't have a nuclear industry wouldn't have been most of the things we have a modern society today without NASA without government being involved.
-- question of government it was a question about the size of government you know Bill Clinton has actually talking about that the era of big government is over when he had a second term but that is not the message we're hearing from the Democrats this.
Well it it it -- but you've you've got to discern between that the two approaches for instance in my state South Carolina the largest single employers the federal government.
Savannah River plant.
Shaw Air Force Base Fort Jackson Parris island marine base -- largest single employer.
The more people getting -- federal paycheck and good -- by the way so when you start talking about cutting back government.
Com that's what's gonna happen in South Carolina we're gonna have huge unemployment so how do we do that and the way you do that is a reasonable people sitting down saying we're gonna cut this -- gonna cut that.
Bomb and we haven't gotten that reaction from our senior senator -- -- We have from our junior senator.
To -- who Ian thank you for being here thank you and thanks for the -- Fighters well you'll hear them in earnest later that was just -- soundtrack but still.