Presidential candidates look to shift focus back to economy
DNC, RNC communications directors spar
- Duration 7:20
- Date Sep 17, 2012
DNC, RNC communications directors spar
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You aren't America's election headquarters and after days of violence across the Muslim world.
Both presidential candidates are drawing criticism for their responses to the international crisis.
The campaigns now trying to shift the focus back to our economy governor Mitt Romney will spend much of the week rolling out more details about his plans to help the middle class.
While President Obama will try to convince voters he's the man with a better plan to boost the economy.
The GOP ticket reportedly plans to -- the president of the national debt.
Look at where artists folks higher than -- -- even displaying a ticking debt clock at their events.
Brad -- house -- the democratic national committee's communications director and Sean Spicer.
Is a Republican national committee's communications director welcome to both of view.
Thanks Jamie let me start with you if I can Brad and asked you the president.
Says his campaign slogan is -- -- Can you go -- word in terms of the campaign speech usual make.
And stick with what you've done so far that many Americans believe hasn't -- where the economy is concerned our.
Well not at all in terms of the message I mean if you look if you look at the polls the president is now.
Ahead of Mitt Romney in the polls as relates to who can handle the economy and who would be better for the middle class and I think that's because.
The American people understand where we were.
Four years ago this past Saturday Lehman fell in the stock market went through the floor.
We're not facing those times now times are better than they were then we're not where we need to be.
But the president has a plan.
He has planned -- lay out the convention as a jobs plan that Republicans in congress like Paul run have refused.
To pass that would create a million jobs right now.
So I think we're headed in the right direction and will lay out that choice for the American people as we get closer the election there can mean the end and that's why the president is well ahead in the polls and -- Head on the issue of the economy in many polls tell me the number that you think is well ahead.
Well I mean he's he's got a he's got twelve point lead as it relates to dealing with.
Medicare which is of no -- on the economy issue because he's got -- he's got he's he's had a lead.
Four poles came out last week and I can't recite every number before polls.
Came out last week all of the new national tracking polls showed him have -- -- beyond the margin of error -- said I think that's just not accurate.
I had well -- go ahead.
Exercisable at a four national polls have him ahead on the issue of the economy but I want to give people -- -- -- -- and he said wide margin and if it's within -- margin -- very there's no margin at all it's a dead -- so go -- shot.
Right Jamie -- sort of back of a second four years ago this president came to us and sent.
I'm gonna get the deficit cut in half we went from the 1010 trillion dollar deficit to now sixteen -- he said if he didn't have this economy going.
By the end of his first -- -- -- a one term proposition we're here to collect all -- saying is a bunch of excuses the fact is 23 million Americans are unemployed we got -- six trillion dollar not -- the national -- that's -- he hasn't gotten tough -- that I got through the magic number Jamie that I look at threat I let -- play all three million hold -- we're not fundamentally number that matters right now Jamie.
That the president has not gotten tough on China.
This president hasn't had let me just filed against sabathia -- -- -- time -- -- -- ate an energy policy.
You had it happened -- the president is talking about China.
At we had any right exactly what the important thing is letting people back to work -- what is the -- or any girl top unemployment rate that the American public will tolerate.
Because it's it's over 8% and we know his historically that's too tough for an incumbent to win games -- the problem when it comes to China.
First set for forty years as president what about lot of points right now here we are in the for heroin is that not -- any way to.
And he's finally filing a case.
But here's the biggest thing when it comes -- small business the biggest problem that small businesses have a China manipulates its currency putting US businesses at a disadvantage.
In seven times seven times this administration has said no.
When it comes to whether or not to certify China as a currency manipulator so there's no way that the president may now talk about Jamie up on China for any normal year out -- out jogging and we don't jump to.
-- -- do you -- anybody on the final at break hang on Broadway exec Alex you -- appointee but at eight point 1% do you believe that the for the American people will vote for President Obama you say it's not 23 million -- get to -- even more people who have given up.
That people are working on -- -- pace these are -- -- Look it's not it's not point three million that are unemployed that you hear us every day we're we're not satisfied with where the where the economy is -- for two years and Collins have refused.
To work with us on creating job that we talk about China for a minute.
Mitt Romney should really this is -- interest in place for him to -- He invested in China as a person he invested in China through bank capital he invested in sweat -- there any outsourced jobs to China.
I mean everything if your breath for about you don't -- you are concerned about.
-- -- -- way to get it you're concerned about if you're concerned about China in the economy Mitt Romney is the last person to vote for.
Hopefully you know his -- then sealing clocked.
You have to -- it meant Brad when you look at that debt -- clock and you think about how much China controls our economy.
I wanted to ask you about people getting back to work this is not a good thing this is not sure -- banks are not lending small businesses aren't getting the money that they need and the unemployment rate is stuck at eight over 8%.
Which the president did say correct me if I'm wrong Sean.
Wouldn't happen and you're very close to the election now so.
What is the number eighty -- -- has -- number that you think the president can withstand and win over I will look.
Well look right now right now the numbers what the number is and he is winning.
But we're not satisfied at all I mean we want to see the unemployment rate dropped we've you know we've been working on that it has dropped from but 10% to 8%.
Eight point 1% we've created four point six million jobs in the past thirty months we lost four and a half million jobs.
In the last year of the Bush Administration clearly we -- -- -- -- last point -- let me ask you to jump and Mitt Romney has said in campaign speeches twelve million jobs will be created.
What is the plan how can you reassure the American people that those jobs in May be even more might be created how.
Well the first -- you got to do is look at a track record the president made a lot of promises.
He hasn't falls on an even look at me -- -- -- had planned job he has made promises and he's fought -- them.
Second when it comes to the press when it comes to Mitt Romney he's not gonna wait for years to get tough on China.
He's gonna take -- on head on day one he's gonna JD he's not -- -- -- urgent policy.
That would create -- no I am.
He's going to be an audio regulations on the guys -- always a -- -- I was -- sanitary and how little jobs will be created and you brought -- actually you know the funny thing -- respond that they -- funny thing is when you ask me question about what Negron he's gonna do I can talk to about Mitt Romney's plan the first when you -- At first out of the first thing bounced out about his excuse is blamed it and everything pretty hard your try to not get to read like some guys love their promises from 2008 a heated and fair balanced debate we appreciate we are out of time but thanks to both of you for -- -- Good to -- about Brad and Sean thank you.