Campaigns spar over violent riots, foreign policy
Debate over political fallout
- Duration 4:52
- Date Sep 14, 2012
Debate over political fallout
Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
-- foreign policy suddenly shooting to the forefront of this presidential race as anti American riots break out across the Middle East.
And the greater Muslim world both campaigns are sparring.
Over how this situation should be handled.
So let's talk about it from a political standpoint who won the week.
Couple of political pros with us now they do this -- every week Bob Beckel is a co host of the five and a former democratic campaign manager.
Ed Rawlins has managed many Republican campaigns.
-- so let's talk about it in in a situation like this Americans like to flocked to the flag are they flocking to our president.
I think they are having a look at it for two things -- -- for first round which -- -- is he got off the economy again I mean it seems like they can't get traction on talk about the economy for so so many days spent talking you know you are talking about the economy is a bad paper from and then the other thing is that you don't.
Quickly react to something like this are -- getting getting seven the -- probably did end it's not just Democrats Republicans jumped on.
It's taken on an incumbent president in a foreign policy crisis is not a good idea in the short term now maybe -- falls apart you can take it on -- So I I think Romney's instincts on this -- very good.
You're talking about that news conference.
When he came out on the night of September 11 -- criticize the tweets in these statements from the Cairo embassy and it sort of apologized for.
Well I would not -- and -- aegis and -- I think the end of the day yet.
You do always rally around the president time national crisis.
You know you can go through four days after that you can dispute did debate did.
The middle east policy of this administration but you don't do -- -- time the moment you don't -- -- time Greek tragedy.
I think the key thing here is running needs to give one big foreign policy speech -- element to debates and in the debate on foreign policy.
And trying get this thing back to the economy as quickly as possible but it didn't the State Department in essence back up his position when they refuted the the statements that have come out of the -- I don't think anybody cares at this point in time the story of the week is -- this does is for Americans are murdered including one of our ambassadors.
And that basically you know what what what went out first -- what went on after doesn't matter that's a good that's the crisis and equally as important.
If you look around the world American public does not want to -- American flags park.
And it did not want to see their embassies crashed in us this older guys who remember.
Sending nine men this reminds us so much of that activity in well at the time from our I remember 79 and it wasn't particularly good for the president who was in the office at that.
Well yeah but I was and I was in the White House at that time it did -- people didn't rally to Carter for a long time it wasn't a short hit.
-- he stayed up -- but then as time wore on and this is dead but very very well those -- just.
You know he got -- forward who was -- what are you gonna do and then of course from Carter made his move which was a bold move to go into Iran and try to rescue the hostages and then that fell apart.
That then raising confidence issue and and and that was somebody was stuck with -- for the rest of time but.
You know you still have enormous advantages being -- United States in a foreign policy debate I don't care.
What the situation is that I think Romney well Romney made that statement before in the investor and it it with the news was good clarified the -- -- of who killed.
So he was really talking registered Cairo embassy at that point.
And you just you just on that particular point on any -- policy you've got to wait it may be tough to wait which got -- Romney seems to.
Governor -- seems to try to make the point.
You know well he's been slammed in -- the president the president says look this guy doesn't have.
Foreign policy experience neither did that then senator Barack Obama when he was running for president but people I guess forget that and Romney can't really.
Dial back the clock for years to try to make that you know you can't I mean obviously we're not starting from ground zero -- the president is incumbent president he will be responsible for his middle east policy.
He gets pretty good marks on that front and Romney can't make that up the key thing again I think is Romney has what Americans care most about in this election.
In spite of the short term little crisis is going on here and I don't -- dismissing any way shape or form.
The importance of it.
They want to talk about the economy who's gonna get jobs who's gonna get America back to work.
That's the strength that's the strength card -- Romney the more time he spends here trying to be the foreign policy president the weaker you know -- Hello -- -- -- -- -- -- go back to the fall of 2008 there wasn't a foreign policy crisis there was an economic crisis of major proportions that reform and the rest of so McCain could really use his foreign policy and defense experience.
And Obama sort of -- in on that one and and that's something that.
Right now -- face of this and and he's got that reception that is not be interception.
And so both of you are saying that in this case in this awful week in which an ambassador was killed.
President Obama comes out on I think I think he won the week and equally important the polls start to go bad for for a -- he's gonna have a good week next week I could agreement.
Bob Beckel Ed Rollins thank you both thank you --