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We'll ask you about the debate in -- -- -- -- very happy about the way it turned out.
Many observers say that when you get to see a candidate I'm filtered.
Talking directly to voters it trumps any media lens that might be at play.
-- actually right -- my father understood that also.
-- understand who the audience truly was when he was debating Jimmy Carter for Walter Mondale are speaking Mikhail Gorbachev.
They're giving is turned on the wall speech or the evil empire speech he understood.
-- the audience -- -- who the audience was going to be and I think -- Mitt Romney.
Just show pulled that off.
The other night and it's showing in the polls -- -- else.
I've got a very interesting is it true that that right after the debating you -- that this is the best debate to -- -- Republican since link him.
That's what I said you -- it's easy for me to say the best since Reagan everybody was saying that.
Leo my father we remember -- line here no lying there when he debating Jimmy Carter -- Mondale.
And they're great debates of course.
The debate that Mitt Romney put on the other night was not -- well Reagan debate there was a Mitt Romney today.
The grasp of the issues the way he in fact went on the offensive against the president of the United States of America from the beginning of the end.
There was great moments all the way through there wasn't one there were many and that's why said the best debate I think.
Since Lincoln and I say that -- under Mitt Romney for what he did and not -- him to Ronald Reagan I think we make a mistake we keep while looking for Ronald Reagan.
We weren't looking for Abraham Lincoln when we found Ronald Reagan we are looking for a leader I think the other -- we found one.
It strange seeing that you put in that perspective because so many people feel sorry -- -- feel that your father set the bar the high bar when it comes to these presidential debates.
I think they probably did because that's the only person they've been able to quote.
So for ninety days they haven't had another Republican to really quote just the 1980s -- mother is another Republican.
I introduced Mitt Romney a couple years ago here Los angels California club and I should -- the group that was there.
Let's not make a mistake of looking for the next Ronald Reagan because if we do that.
We may very well walk right past the next great leader of our movement and that is something is always concerned me because when you put.
Somebody up against Ronald Reagan they're going to just fail simply because it's Ronald Reagan so let Mitt Romney have his moment applaud him for what he did.
And not try to tie into the past looked in the future.
Why do you think so many people say you need to have that phrase that special.
Sentence in a debate over that can be remembered for its people going forward for the future for generations to come why do you -- a pivotal moment in debate.
-- people learn door for the -- from the game changer she whether the age issue of Mondale there you go again or are -- better off today you were four years ago great moments in time.
This is a different time this at a different place there were in -- we were back in 1980 even though there's many similarities.
That this society is different today that it was back in the 1980s and so we have to change and understand it from that viewpoint.
-- let me ask you going forward.
What are some of your expectations as Mitt Romney prepares for his next big.
Face off with the president.
He can have a down moment.
I think what happened we -- of loopholes.
You -- the polls changes with the things are getting closer and some -- and Mitt Romney's going to Italy people saw these two for the first time together.
He could not let down he's got to do the same thing in the next two debates he did in the first debate he's got to show the consistency and a real grasp.
-- big issues at hand there in fact hurting American today and how he's gonna fix it.
And do you expect in that and going forward -- dead -- will.
Continue to build on the momentum that he's had up to this point.
I think there's many people in my position -- certainly -- so you're one of the questions I ask you what good are you better off today you were four years ago.
Are you -- bit are you safer today.
Did you were four years ago there's a lot of people who in fact don't feel safer today they did four years ago at about California.
The all you have to do is say are you better off today than you were yesterday afternoon when gas was forty cents cheaper now -- -- -- about.
Point does gasoline prices there of course are soaring.
By the moment as you put it and we knew -- -- as we sum up and take take stock of what's what declare now what is your biggest takeaways over the last couple weeks in -- way the media has handled this this race in the way that the media has do you debit Romney.
I'm not surprised with the media they -- friendly to Ronald Reagan that government friendly to to Republicans.
And and so my father had a buy time in -- get around the media.
I mean the other night Mitt Romney proved.
His strength -- what it truly yes and I think he can't let the media.
Putting well the defense if he can't let the president put him on the defensive.
When he's on the -- if he loses when he goes on the offensive we found out he wins stay on the offense not their defense.
-- my wife once said to me.
Don't let somebody else's attitude deter -- yours for the remainder of the day so don't let him do that.
Very interesting perspective -- wise words indeed Michael Reagan thank you so much for joining us today a pleasure having you here.
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