Romney, Obama dueling controversial tapes
Potential impact on 2012 race?
- Duration 3:27
- Date Sep 19, 2012
Potential impact on 2012 race?
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Dueling tapes may be a big story this week but what will they mean come November.
Joining us now Jonah Goldberg the editor at large for the national review and a Fox News contributor that question first -- Will these tapes patent you know make a difference when people love go to the voting booths in November.
Oh I don't think so I I don't think of these tapes are the grand pivot point.
Or what is that what people bring into the -- the ballot.
One on Election Day at the same time.
You know the Romney campaign what is trying to do is sort of -- as as John Roberts -- -- the set -- uses as a pivot point to sort of make a larger argument.
And he can successfully make that larger argument.
About the differences between these two campaigns and their philosophies people will bring that into the ballot box but I think there's actual episode has been way over played.
Is it's sort of a silly hyperbole moment that -- -- it seems like every week.
The most of the mainstream media is announcing -- -- now now Romney's really dad and I just don't think that you know.
A lot of this is sort of silly season stuff but Romney has said -- -- to Neil Cavuto yesterday that that these tapes.
Illustrate that the big broad choice between these two candidates you have.
One candidate who advocates -- redistribution of wealth and you have another candidate who says.
You know people should not be dependent on government they should be free to make their own choices and build their own lives.
Yes and that's exactly the argument that -- Mitt Romney has to make the simple fact is and I know this is not entirely popular with some of my friends on the right.
Is the actual substance the text of what Mitt Romney said in that video.
Really wasn't that great which Mitt Romney even concedes which Paul Ryan is now in conceded as well it was he confused a lot of things he messed up in that.
And but if he can use that as sort of say what the thrust of what I was getting at is that my opponent believes in redistribution.
I believe in the free market he believes in big government I believe in individual initiative.
That is a good argument for Mitt Romney to be making -- -- he can use this episode to do that then that's that's a Smart player at least -- the best way to make lemonade out of a bunch of lemons.
The president's campaign is saying look what he was talking about is making government more in more efficient.
But if we're at a point in history where government is eating up more than 20% of the GDP in the Obama administration.
How can he argue that government efficiency is his hallmark.
-- I think.
The Obama people are just that this is sort of gone for them I mean there's one reason why I think this video that redistribution.
Isn't all that interesting or all that surprising we knew for -- long time anyone who's followed Barack Obama's career.
Knew that he believed in spreading the wealth around and a new video saying he likes redistribution of wealth.
You know -- are looking to report saying you know bears are using our national forests as toilets but we knew this already.
That -- and am so whatever Obama says on this I don't think it matters all that much.
The simple fact is that.
What what Romney needs New Orleans what he wants to do is to make this a clarifying choice between someone who wants to.
Move the existing piles of money and wealth around in this country to people who are less fortunate.
Vs a guy who wants to create ever bigger piles of money and wealth for the entire country.
That is a good argument after four years of stagnation for Mitt Romney to make -- -- uses episode to do that effectively.
It'll probably helpful John we love having you on because you always leave us with those great visual pictures she.
Thanks very much Jonah Goldberg -- the national review they.