When will undecided voters make their decision?
Eric Yaverbaum & Ed Pozzuoli on what key undecided voters are waiting for
- Duration 15:06
- Date Sep 18, 2012
Eric Yaverbaum & Ed Pozzuoli on what key undecided voters are waiting for
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Channel so right now we want to bring in our political panel so we can talk a little bit about what Mike was talking about.
With his guests -- Greg Hudson first here on set with me Eric Gabbert bomb.
Associate publisher social media madness and people can find you on Twitter as well you have a handle I do really ever bomb -- -- -- are right it really got edit.
-- Wally former advisor for Jon Huntsman is presidential campaign joining us live in Miami bureau -- I hope I got your last name right.
He -- great -- Danny welcome.
You always just Miami bureau I -- right every time I go to Miami -- beautiful palm trees in the nice do we see behind you.
So gentlemen I want to bring you both -- I hope that you were able to hear some of Mike -- manuals report talking to undecided voters I first want to turn.
To Eric -- on set and just get your take on on what Mike was talking about with those voters thought.
I think that -- what's gonna happen in this election is gonna go right it's going to be week by week by week.
-- who makes a misstatement.
I've always said it's the economy it's gotta be -- -- filling up my tank is a problem my house is worth less it's got to be an issue.
And now suddenly we have national security back on is that you know a tough issue.
I think -- very much matters what happens that two weeks before the election.
An Internet before it gets you I want and I promised that we would bring in our viewers we already -- people was sending us comments oh VS LSR.
Sends in a comment it's almost unbelievable to me how there could be undecided voters still out there what are they waiting for.
And then can you read this.
Comes to us and says they need to hear more why.
Haven't you seen enough in the last four years Ed what do you make of these undecided voters aware their heads are at at this point.
Well are you know that if you're undecided now usually you break against the -- so that's good news for Mitt Romney.
The the other side is it's always the economy it's in the economy all along he got.
Related -- the real unemployment rate is closer to 15%.
Not just over 8% equity Department of Labor.
You've got people underwater on their homes and and and a number of people under employed and trying to figure out how to make ends meet.
So hope and change four years ago really has fallen short I think.
They they interview of the -- voter in Virginia he summed it up best that.
He voted for Obama last time based on the hope and change.
And that the president's policies have failed him.
Ed I was watching I was listening to what sad that gentleman in the restaurant said he said he felt that.
Obama and is -- -- pointing to the fact that.
He's going to be on Letterman tonight but I -- -- -- this morning I turned on the TV and I thought I think I saw Mitt Romney on live with Kelly and Michael.
So I -- all of although the you know they're both making appearances is that something that can be held against either -- -- No I mean not generally no I mean you you you communicate your message to real -- for.
For Mitt Romney is to remain discipline on the economic message and -- really.
Hell all the voters.
How their situation is going to be impacted for the positive.
And under president Romney administration.
And so it just not enough to say I'm not President Obama so vote for me it's -- he needs to say hey.
I'm gonna help your lot in life right now we're gonna get jobs going I -- -- the economy works he's got a great background up and talk to that they need to stay on that.
Nancy RA while you teed it up nicely to talk about what's happening with the video that is circulating that is getting so much attention.
This morning of course we're talking about Mitt Romney.
Eight of his video surfaced at a fund raiser from a few months ago showing him telling wealthy donors that almost half of all Americans quote.
Believe they are victims entitled to extensive government support he added that as a candidate for the White House my job.
Is not to worry about those people.
So clearly think about -- Problem was staying you know on message about the economy which is debatable.
Do you know who -- which way the American public swings just on that issue but.
The problem staying on message is something keeps happening every day day in real time -- got to respond tail and Mitt Romney will have to respond to things that are going on in the world now.
And -- he's gonna have to be very very careful with how he responds.
And the rate at which -- responsibly and everybody looking you know happy in doing Letterman -- morning TV they have to do that stuff and you know it's kind of nonsense that we all criticize each other for doing you know that but.
The video was a mistake he was happy he was out of private fund raiser you want to run for present United States and -- got the video came in the round.
The big I would be very careful about what they want like it was hit it look like and it is like -- under the -- -- -- -- -- running for president I would just just.
The -- but to.
When you get your opportunity to respond I -- -- bear -- that issue if I was him I would have embraced it and I would have explained but I actually did -- Betty didn't do that either.
Well at this you know news conference that he called yesterday Romney conceded the comments -- elegantly stated.
And that he had spoken off the cuff -- in Miami what are your thoughts on this whole situation.
Well you know it -- it you he's right he did speak off the -- and I do think that it can't.
Campaign that needs to go back to the economy not a new issue did come up.
-- respect to these what I believe -- terrorist attacks.
Time at 9/11 and around 9/11 in the Middle East.
And this is this is indication in in my view.
Of Obama means some of this siding with the Muslim world on certain issues against -- natural ally Israel.
I think it's coming home to roost is not paying -- dividends and I think -- -- administration.
Had -- in fact with net -- Benjamin Netanyahu in New York.
You've that are real -- is -- and so when we're talking about how we're under undecided voters are I think there's a large undecided particularly in Florida.
A Jewish voters who probably haven't voted for Republican candidate -- some time.
But are considering Mitt Romney because.
They feel disenfranchised.
By the policies and actions and are very concerned about where the -- -- administration is relative to Israel.
And and back -- to -- the video in and you're right -- this is definitely opens.
To get a lot of people are talking about each of there.
Policies -- and their thoughts on a domestic and and foreign terrorism.
They also one -- just bring up that Obama's campaign manager Jim Messina quickly.
Issued a fundraising appeal based on his video that is now making the rounds which by the way was shot may seventeenth at a fund raiser in Florida.
And he says -- Messina says if we don't come through for President Obama right now this will be the guy meaning Romney making big decisions that affect us and our families every single day.
That's but that response which happens so look at this is remembered as a video shot in men rest now making the rounds suddenly it's news now.
What what what what what Jim did is he responded every everybody on the west are you all Monica got that you know six different ways to Sunday immediately.
That's the place that Obama wins all the time he wins the social media he wins on the Internet he wins with speed he went with efficiency there.
That's where the swing vote as I I -- say enough for months.
What do you think about that out.
Well I mean look at the combat for Romney is so when they were the when they launched a video of the Democratic National Convention.
And the debacle that occurred on the -- relative term to Jerusalem I saw those emails go out -- those those checks go out to a number.
Of voters particularly in southern Florida.
And it made the rounds inside of the Jewish community and leaders there.
Are telling me that there is a tremendous amount of concern.
Relative to the Obama policy in the Middle East where -- Benjamin net nine Yahoo! is in his relationship with.
With the president and where this administration wants to take the relation with -- Ezra I think that's a very big issue.
I agree where there that the response it is a tit for tat but if you don't look.
Really there there may be one and a half issues in this campaign.
The first issue first and foremost is the economy people who need jobs unemployment is high we've got all kinds of serious debt issues.
The second may be in May be emerging in middle east policy and and some of the policy.
In a round ball I ran.
The Middle East generally and Israel and there is a big difference between the two candidates there.
Right and -- what do you think about that a Muniz you know there's a lot these two things are going on right now common of course on a lot of our attention is focused on the Middle East.
In terms of comparing the two on their message I.
Think that you want to be president and states have been a long time ago Hillary Clinton asked the question really want be answered the phone at 3 in the morning turned out of Obama's answer the phone at 3 in the morning I mean and and it answering the phone at four and five and six -- it it.
It's it's a hard job -- I don't know I don't know why anybody would want -- it's a 26 out their job right but that's sad it's also.
One of the things that you have to be.
Incredibly proficient -- his communication.
In every which way shape in form it's not just saying the right words but it's saying them at the right place and of course you know -- -- when it comes to the the issue of you know Israel you I think the Jewish vote will clearly swing away from Obama -- it only swings towards the president.
-- towards the candidate who is more -- you know.
-- the relationship with Israel.
But you know I think that the proficiency the efficiency in the speed in which Obama delivers messages is going to be going to be a big difference in this -- I don't think it's going to be that close.
You know that is going to be that cost I you know I think that we're -- be sitting around and we're going to be able to go to sleep by midnight nine of the president's performance.
I'll do what do you agree -- Net now I actually don't I got -- I actually thought it might make it maybe it had surprised if maybe early in Florida I think you're gonna get a chance to see really early two states on the East Coast.
And Florida where they go and that'll determine how how long the evening -- And then when you get into -- midwest you've got 45 states that are really in play.
And and so.
It might be a very long evening or you know here's the other thing if these debates and this goes back to Erica is not entirely wrong here -- that that we had that.
Romney and Obama are fighting over every new cycle every news site but.
You have series of debates coming up and I do believe that you know.
Undecided voters are likely to break based upon the results of those debates.
That yeah I did an interview recently and we were talking about the speed at which information is delivered it.
And -- -- -- that -- that was so seven seconds ago now I mean that's -- bad.
I think a lot repeating now unethical and it's true it's a whole -- every other recession -- Absolutely liked it so what happens today how do you react to it and what happens in the world does not none of us know what's gonna happen.
The two weeks before the election none of us right.
And a lot of -- Well and -- but a lot of people.
Our remaining is circling like sharks if you will around this video and I just want to because I wanna get to some of your comments and bring in just a couple of them here.
Can you read this again sends us a message 47% is a large number that leaves only 53%.
To pick up the slack what is the 53%.
Decrease to fifty a 48 during the lower than -- pick up the slack Charles three stripes and what nick said regarding the 47 to 49% who don't pay taxes will not vote for him.
But Obama is a correct statement.
Is it the truth and do they feel that they are entitled to central government care and finally David Larson thank you for writing in.
With all the news on the teachers' union strike how can people not see the public unions are bad the highest paid teachers in the nation would not even take a 16% pay raise.
Because that would mean they would be evaluated in the district would have an easier time getting rid of -- performing teachers so bringing in yet another.
I mean the whole issue it's like -- -- Chicago like on the third page of the newspaper not a loud -- it's a very big issue I mean.
Kids are going to school right now as a result of that in a major market and none of -- -- talking -- it -- paged -- it.
And large there's one thing I think one thing we have to remember let's pull back from this.
All the hyper ventilation today over these comments.
It still doesn't get.
The person who has been unemployed for an extended period of time a job.
It still doesn't provide.
For the person who is.
Underwater in their mortgage which tried to make ends meet -- -- trial and go to college it doesn't provide any of those things it doesn't chip away at the enormous debt.
That we -- Chinese Government.
I mean it it none of those none of this ultimately matters to the -- central issue.
Really are you better off today -- when you were four years ago and if you're one of those 15% that's the true number.
15% on unemployed.
And people are concerned.
That war 4000 dollars was lost on the meaning com.
Over this last three and a half years so hope and change.
I think people I think that voter that undecided -- Virginia had the best.
He was for the hope and change and and basically -- -- that about -- ministries he fell short in delivering on that hole.
Do you have any we're gonna have to move on to our next subject but I just want to give you a last comment and we'll get.
-- last comment here from my -- concept as well -- any advice to the candidates if you could get in their -- Is that to me that is do you go ahead.
Yeah I mean I would I if if our Mitt Romney -- -- Romney I would be very disciplined.
On the economy stays with your focus I would be in those battleground states now define him.
Somewhere between seven and Penn State is seven and nine states.
And he should be talking about the economy if -- world affairs impact I think the of the apologetic nature of trying to justify war.
Apologize for the violence that occurred in the Middle East I think those are issues that people need to understand.
That this administration's policies have failed in the Middle East and that there is light between.
Where Israel is a relative to those things and where the Obama administration is those -- the things that need to be emphasized in the last fifty days of the campaign.
Okay and Eric and all say about that isn't in the last fifty days of the campaign.
And you know who they anybody's ever been involved in in these elections -- to get message points all day long and then something happens.
That you didn't it -- -- your message point but it happened at 3 o'clock in the afternoon so you got it -- drastic.
I think that the person who addresses what's happening.
In real -- the fast as it ought to be the economy.
But I think it's going to be who addresses the issues the fastest the best and in the -- -- the American public wants to hear.
All right well we want to give thanks to both you add those Wally.
Coming to us from Miami thanks so much enjoy the sunshine down there and -- govern well course I think.