Will economy dominate presidential debates?
WSJ's Daniel Henninger weighs in
- Duration 3:53
- Date Sep 28, 2012
WSJ's Daniel Henninger weighs in
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Not any of my predecessors.
No one could have fully repaired all the damage that he found it just more.
Well that was Bill Clinton defending the president's handling of the economy at the Democratic National Convention which was the focus in mr.
Clinton's campaign by the way the economy.
When he ran for his first term back in 1990 TO.
His campaign manager James -- now I kept the message firmly on track coined the famous phrase and you know well.
It's the economy stupid and -- well that inspired our next guest in in part to write his editorial this week for the Wall Street Journal about how the economy could really end up.
Dominating the debates and really determine this election Daniel head injuries the deputy.
Editorial page editor of the Wall Street Journal the title it's O -- it's always the economy and Stephen -- we may not always be stupid but it's always the economy all.
Presidential elections -- are about the economy in the United States know people in the world obsessed more about the state of their economy than Americans in this election is no -- you think that now just based on the -- cycle about what we're talking about when it comes to the elections.
Well certainly based on the news this week I mean it's so interesting to hear Bill Clinton they're saying that no president could have made the economy better.
Well the problem is the economy has gotten worse I mean to report this week was that growth in the second quarter was not one point 7% but one point 3% in other words the economy is going down at the end of Barack Obama's term.
And I think.
The American people are asking themselves why is this happening to us why after four years is the American economy still weakening and that's what I think they're waiting for Mitt Romney -- -- Playing so wire the polls -- shift staying.
At least looking a little brighter for the president this week if at the same time -- getting the -- on the economy.
You know that's the one thing were all talking about Jenna is the -- pulling away from Romney in places like up Ohio.
I'll tell you -- based on my anecdotal evidence and some of the emails I get from from readers.
Who say I think I'm going to vote for Obama.
That vote is not strong or locked in and that some of those numbers that you guys were putting up just a little bit ago about.
The economy and that Barack Obama and spend and -- a Romney being close on his handling of the economy and the state of the economy.
I think a lot of those voters are sitting there.
Waiting for one of these candidates to make a case to them why they would do a better job with the economy and I think they're waiting for Mitt Romney to explain to them.
Why Barack Obama has failed in his handling of UConn.
So one of the things you wrote about it -- editorial as you say that politicians no matter what party.
And they see the economy in two ways as a personal piggy bank or is a mystery.
And neither is discuss some of the public still live just you can't it is -- at during these very important debates the person starting next week.
Well obviously Barack Obama does not want to talk about the economy while he was president his one word explanation for his problem is bush.
George Bush called all caused all of these problems.
Unfortunately Mitt Romney is in some -- saying the same thing he's saying the economy's been weak and bad for four years.
And Barack Obama has been president.
I think that sent -- sufficient what people want that's basically kind of a bullet point presentation.
Would voters are asking is what did Barack Obama do.
While he was president to create such a weak economy and they're sitting there waiting.
For Mitt Romney can give them that explanation hopefully he's going to do it in that big debate next Wednesday night.
We'll see if he gets into the specifics you know always nice read articles and thanks for joining us as always -- programmed to do it didn't.