Robert Gibbs on Obama's strategy, policies
Campaign senior adviser speaks out
- Duration 5:09
- Date Oct 3, 2012
Campaign senior adviser speaks out
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-- back to Denver we're going to talk about the debate with the Obama campaign senior advisor Robert Gibbs to get some perspective from.
That campaign Robert thanks for being here thanks for what does the president have to do tonight.
I think the president needs to and what he wants to do is have a conversation directly to the American people.
Talk about the economy where we've been and that more most importantly what we have to do to continue strengthening.
For middle class families.
Moving forward creating more jobs putting people back to work and I think if we do that he'll have a pretty good night.
Vice President Biden yesterday.
Had what many people are saying was a big gaffe saying that middle class families were buried -- over the past four years.
Your response to that that they've run a campaign jumped on the right away look I think middle class families have been buried for many many years.
Working harder and making less.
They've been very -- a series of bad economic decisions that led to the economic calamity that we inherited four years ago.
We've been trying to dig out from being buried in that avalanche of bad decisions.
Every day the last four years -- having this debate will be about whether or not we continue forward on a path to creating more jobs are.
Do we do what governor Romney was do which is to go back to a lot of the policies quite honestly got -- into that -- is the president going on the offensive tonight.
You know I don't know did the president I don't think the president looks in this sort of like a boxing or sparring match I think again in his audiences the American people.
Having that conversation was them talking them about how we create jobs how we double our manufacturing and -- double our exports.
-- -- increase in natural gas production of put people back to work I think his.
His his focus is on the American people not as a public.
-- talked about a couple things about Libya and fewer on FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace.
And he said this well I think he's you heard ambassador -- say the best information that we had at the point in which she gave that answer.
Is the answer that she gave him look ambassador rice Chris has access to far more intelligence.
Data than than I do the most important thing -- we get to the bottom of the intelligence and what happened and what may or may not have caused this incident.
We now know that the intelligence that she had then was not the best information.
And we also know that there were at least twelve incidents.
Targeting that area and security -- that were known by the intelligence community.
It seems like there was a lot states the administration just didn't know and went out pretty certain -- and said that they did.
Well -- look I think everybody recognizes that big Ghazi and -- and parts of Libya.
Or in continue to be extremely dangerous places.
What I was saying men and I think what ambassador rice was saying his.
You we -- gonna tell people rightly what we have when we know it.
And I think each and every day.
From an incident like this an awful terrorist incident that killed four Americans great public services each day we learn more about what happened.
And what's what's.
Crucially important as we do need to figure out and make sure that every one of our consulates -- missions have this security that they need.
To protect the people that work there Hawaii also -- State Department reportedly can't just say OK -- there wasn't enough security that look -- -- I think obviously.
We're probably gonna find that obviously there wasn't enough security there but.
Let's let's evaluate what we needed each release places let's make sure that this never happens again but also -- Let's put some responsibility on the Libyans the egyptians throughout the Middle East that got to protect -- embassies.
They've got to pick people that work there I think I was heartened his mini war.
To watch the people of Libya.
In the days after that attack you saw 30000.
Didn't support the spirit of life of ambassador hill and -- wanting to move those militias and disband and disarm those militias and look.
-- Robert the FBI still can't get in the -- -- it's a dangerous place Brett and and and there's no doubt we want to find out what happened what led up to this incident.
What intelligence we can and cover about it.
Insure that the security situation is right and and nobody at the State Department for an executive branch at the White House arrest until we have the.
Last thing -- -- -- playing politically the latest Wall Street Journal NBC poll says do you approve or disapprove of the way the president is handling the situation in Egypt Libya.
And the political arrest unrest in Arab countries 4546.
And then the foreign policy question is 46 -- the president forty to Romney that is closing.
Is this a vulnerability for the president for your campaign.
No I look I think -- we're gonna have that debate later in this month that will be exclusively on foreign policy and I think the -- anxious to talk about.
How our country is safer that we've been a long time.
The damage and degradation that we've done to al-Qaeda but there's no doubt -- there.
There are still very very dangerous places throughout this world Ben Ghazi is certainly one of them Robert Gibbs as always thank you.
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