Assessing final 'run' to the election
Where do candidates stand?
- Duration 5:00
- Date Sep 10, 2012
Where do candidates stand?
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Sides raised staggering sums of money last month the President Obama came out slightly on top in August taking in more than a 114 million dollars.
The governor Romney's 111 plus million.
He's also slightly ahead of governor Romney in the polls.
The latest real clear politics polling average shows the president two points ahead 48 to 46.
Let's talk about it -- Bret -- he anchors the special report obviously the Democrats are crowing about the bump that they say president.
Obama got in the polls this time around button as Larry several said earlier that's why they call it a ball.
That's right you don't know how long it'll last Larry seen this many times.
As have many political watchers.
We have now this run towards November 6 you have.
The debates obviously October 3 the first debate which will be a huge moment in this election and clearly the polls are showing.
That President Obama is in a good place despite a really bad economy despite a scenario.
That does not look good on the economic front he's still leading nationally and he's still leading a number of these battleground states.
According to most polls now the question is.
Are the Democrats enthusiastic.
Who gets out to vote who gets to the polls those are all variables and when you ask the enthusiasm question in polling.
You get the Republicans are far more enthusiastic about this election.
We have a long way to go but clearly -- the president is -- a good spot for considering how.
Bad the economy is.
We just mention that congress is -- in town everybody talks about the poisonous atmosphere that exists between this White House.
And especially the Republican led House of Representatives.
In that new Bob Woodward book he quotes an interview that he had with mr.
Obama in which.
The president said yeah you know maybe if I had it to do over again I shouldn't have been so tough on Paul Ryan.
One I gave a speech about him well about him and and the House Budget Committee.
And he was sitting there right right in the room back in now I think it was April of 2011.
Right and that was inducing moment.
In this book -- a number of different nuggets.
That if true and -- quoted accurately.
Do shed some light on behind the scenes.
What's going on inside that White House you'll remember that was when congressman Ryan had put forward his budget the president.
Essentially invited him to that speech.
And it was -- -- moment to see the cut away a congressman Ryan in the front row.
Bring that up is the Simpson Bowles commission this is the deficit debt commission that the president created.
It's really really creative and didn't didn't take the advice.
He did not -- commission report came out.
He of the State of the Union Address in January.
-- eleven and didn't mention the commission's work.
Democrats -- -- to Paul Ryan voting against it he voted against it because at the time it did not include Obama -- didn't include.
Entitlement fixes to Medicare and Medicaid which -- believe with a big drivers of the deficit debt to begin with.
And he voted against it along with three two other Republicans wolf for Democrats voted against it is well.
And the commission report did not move on to congress bottom line.
You had this kind of -- a visionary.
A look at the Simpson -- deal and I think we're going to hear a lot about it in the coming -- the six days ahead.
The so so when the president and -- and and his reelection team -- Paul Ryan as the reason that Simpson -- didn't get enacted in Washington.
That's more than a stretch.
Sure yeah I mean of course he voted against the report they needed fourteen votes.
To move it onto the floor of congress but for Democrats voted against it as well when.
After its Medicare.
And the health care had been taken out of of that report so.
Paul Ryan left that and then took those ideas along with a Democrat Alice Rivlin who worked in the Clinton administration.
And came up with this premium support plan -- -- was which is the -- of his Medicare work in his house budget.
So he says Ryan says that it was a lack of leadership on the president's part you heard that in his acceptance speech down in Tampa.
He's been lambasted for that line but if you look back in the Wall Street Journal has an editorial about this.
It's pretty interesting to look back at the actual history of events.
When Simpson Bowles report came out all right prepare Brett thanks for joining us today.
We know -- have a lot of work to get ready for special report 6 PM eastern -- -- each and every weekday evening Brett.