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301030 here in New York by my watch twelve hours from now they will be wrapping up on that stage in Danville Kentucky.
Paul Ryan Joseph Biden -- be there one and only debate and Democrats hope that -- Biden victory.
Can halt the Romney Ryan tickets momentum.
We're joined now by the co chair -- -- Obama campaign former Ohio governor Ted Strickland is live in -- -- And Republican senator and Romney supporter Pat Toomey is there is well we'll talk -- The senator a moment but for some of the start with the governor Strickland there -- good morning to you and thank you.
For coming back to the Fox News Channel it's been awhile so we welcome you back here to America's Newsroom.
How much did debate to be here outlets that you -- how much in debate number one set back -- man.
Well I don't know that -- set back the momentum the fact is that this is a close race we've always known that we're sort of we're we were before the conventions.
Things settled in.
It's a very polarized country a very polarized the electorate it's going to come down to the wire and I think we all understood that.
From the beginning even for months ago well what what will happen tonight give a prediction for Joseph Biden Paul Ryan -- -- up.
Well I love Joseph Biden he's a great guy he's got a wonderful hard -- cares about people and I think he will do well.
But both of these candidates are going to be well prepared there's no doubt about that.
And I think America is going to see -- An interesting debate tonight and I hope a lot of Americans -- in what what he's fighting to get back there -- a lot of baseball yet you and other get into an -- 70000004.
Years ago for Sarah Palin Palin and Joseph Biden.
Well what do you mean by interesting.
Well you know there's been a lot of controversy coming out of the first debate regarding whether or not governor Romney.
Was candid told the truth.
And stuck by his previous positions.
And I think tonight we're going to hear a lot of debate about the Paul Ryan budget.
A budget that.
Governor Romney has called a marvelous budget.
But a budget that does terrible things for the working middle class.
And so I think that's gonna make this an especially interesting debate so it just like I bring it up confront Ryan is gonna have a chance to answer that is the leader of the Budget Committee in the house so.
You would expect him to have an answer but are you suggesting that Mitt Romney was lying in that first debate.
Well -- you can use whatever word you want to I'm I'm I'm not here is that I'm asking you if you would use it.
Well he's said things that weren't accurate and in my judgment word dishonest.
For example the pre existing condition statement that he made to to seventy million people.
Was blatantly false and it was his playing and I think he probably knew that.
When he may -- false statement but and UH -- -- what you would agree is the duties of president it's through to read but no -- And to do you know based on the health care at all that he that he pushed through.
Now you are present Obama is number one surrogate in Ohio.
And that's been the case ever since -- he won the White House almost four years ago how concerned are you at winning Ohio this year.
-- just let me say that it's the candidates did he detail the truth but -- in it in in terms of Ohio.
The latest poll came out today has.
Governor Romney I think at 46 that's the NBC poll.
It's going to be close in Ohio I I -- not the I I would be foolish if I told you it was not good -- and incredibly close election.
And that's why you know both teams both candidates are working Ohio.
The governor Romney's been their frequently that -- the president the vice president has been their frequently.
Ohio I think -- will be perhaps the firewall.
About but but it's an exciting time Ohio ones are engaged and involved but Americans are I'm really happy.
That there seems to be such widespread interest in this can.
And I would agree there's always -- -- and we -- future and -- and we should be to the real clear politics average.
When you put all the polls together and Ohio has about a one point five point spread at the moment.
Between President Obama and governor Romney governor Strickland thank you for your time you come back any time -- -- We have twenty some days -- -- I'll take a point and a half.
Thank you thank you for your time want to bring in senator Pat Toomey now to Pennsylvanian senator good morning to you also there.
And Danville tomorrow night what do you think about what he laid out about that first debate -- governor Romney.
Well I think it's unfortunate they have to resort to suggesting that there were some kind of dishonesty that the fact is.
The president misspoke.
Repeatedly now I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they just made a mistake.
But suggesting for instance that the the governor Romney was advocating a five trillion dollar tax cut which is factually wrong that the Obama campaign has acknowledged that was wrong.
So I think got I think we ought to get back to the substance of what's actually.
The policy positions of these campaigns that's I think we're gonna see tonight a very clear choice are clear choice between what.
A clear choice between continuing the failed policies of the Obama administration that have given us.
-- miserable economy the worst recovery we've ever had since the Great Depression 43 million Americans who are either unemployed or underemployed.
Middle class wages that are dropping incomes that are lower gas prices that are higher I mean on every measure this has been a terrible performance verses.
A vision of governor Romney and Paul Ryan for prosperity and opportunity a revitalization of a free enterprise system that'll create.
Millions of jobs.
Elevate the standard of living of Americans it's a very clear contrast so I ask governor Strickland whether or not debate number one how much is set back -- momentum may be kicked it to the side and I expected him to.
What with regard to that what do you think that first debate did.
An order to shape and define this race that leads us to tonight there in -- All I think that that debate.
Certainly energized the campaign and gave governor Romney a great deal of momentum I don't think there's any doubt about it I think people saw.
That governor Romney was.
Very much in command of the facts more so than the president was that he made a very compelling argument for how we can get this economy moving again.
He did it in a way that was very respectful of the office of the presidency without being intimidated by the man who holds that office he did -- in a way that.
I think -- most Americans had a lot of respect for so I think it was a terrific performance.
But the important thing is the underlying substance.
Governor Romney has a vision for economic growth and prosperity in.
President Obama's given a stagnation and unemployment what did this Paul Ryan have a challenge in defending what he is supported in the house when it comes to budgeting office.
All right well sure it's a challenge but I think he'll do a very very good job of that challenge what he's Leahy is what he is -- -- Is a blueprint for the -- success a blueprint that gets us on a path for a balanced budget a blueprint that saves the big entitlement programs for the next generation.
A blueprint for strong economic growth and job creation.
So I'm sure that Vice President Biden will be on the attack mode tonight.
But unequal economy is that you have but all right Paul Ryan's duty and job to to defend what he has supported in the -- right.
And the journey how Joseph Biden frames this.
It is Paul Ryan vulnerable on some of these issues especially as it comes as seniors.
-- I I really don't think he is I mean if you look at the substance of this and that's I hope we'll get into tonight.
The president and the vice president have offered no plans to save these entitlement programs instead.
A 716 billion dollar raid on Medicare to fund their pet program of Obama care.
No solutions to the long term sustainability of these programs.
And Paul Ryan has so I think he's gonna defend that very effectively the American people are going to be glad that -- somebody in Washington.
Who wants actually solve the problems we have you know your home state just one electoral votes I ask governor Strickland about -- eighteen electoral votes Pennsylvania shows about a six point spread.
Do you think governor Romney has any shot at winning that state now.
No real public I -- the -- -- did it the well yeah but you're looking only at the presidential races you know I won a state -- race for federal office just less than two years ago.
Against a very credible well funded aggressive opponent we just elected a Republican governor Republican state.
Senate Republican state house a Republican US senator.
We control 52 out of the 67 not county governments.
So absolutely -- Mitt Romney can carry Pennsylvania I think he well Pat -- thank you for your time.
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