Power Play 10/16/2012
Town Hall format tests candidates, ladies in focus and Hillary holds the line
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- Date Oct 16, 2012
Town Hall format tests candidates, ladies in focus and Hillary holds the line
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When it comes to protecting your access to birth control and that these women's health care services -- Planned Parenthood provides.
One thing we must remember our business I'll cut off -- And the Planned Parenthood I'm disappointed in Barack Obama as my president.
Because it promised to bring this all together and we're all going to be able to Oxford I don't see that prospering.
NT that's an -- I that if Barack Obama he doesn't happen at this time.
And that -- as Barack Obama.
And his campaign talking to women about abortion and birth control and their access they -- too.
And that was Mitt Romney's campaign talking to women voters about.
The state of the economy.
The dead in the deficit.
Today we'll figure out which one of those may be more effective -- -- two.
Huge -- -- their second debate tonight at Hofstra university in Long Island New York.
This is power play and I am in fact Chris dire wolf.
And welcome back it's Tuesday it's debate night you're excited I can feel.
The energy emanating from within -- Internet it's it's a pretty big deal because the stakes are tremendously high we will talk about women's votes.
We will talk about.
One woman in particular Hillary Rodham Clinton and what the heck is going on with the Libya stuff we'll look back at what she said and didn't say.
About what happened in Libya and we'll also talk about the way that the town hall format tonight.
Well affect the discussion we've got power points.
I mean really Internet what more could you ask for.
Well there's one -- that's where you could -- -- Michael Brown.
Because he is in fact.
The senior political analyst for the Washington examiner -- fine fine the finest newspapers Washington he is in fact eight resident fellow senior fellow resident fellow residents -- he gets cut.
At the American Enterprise Institute which is the big brain it's think tank of the right.
And he is also the principle I think -- just going to principal architect.
The almanac of American politics which is the Bible for political -- every two years.
Michael welcome back -- could be with you what's been -- quite so the Internet -- likewise so.
It I believe it was.
If you hear any noise at the boys it's ladies night later it was serious it was together with the boss of the fourth ward and really look exactly -- right right with the right dodger days I was his henchmen.
But the but it is ladies night tonight for so many things because we've seen movement in the polls Michael that demonstrates.
Who had been favoring president of Ireland voted.
The president about -- thirteen points in 2008.
Are swinging Romney's way well women have been more democratic come down.
The minutes from last 32 years really starting with the 1980 election for the first time you see a so called gender gap.
And we've seen a couple of polls that have come out after the first debate.
Where we've got -- in the -- pew research show women tied 4747.
The the Gallup USA today swing states poll me.
That was released yesterday showed a 48 to 48 -- among women with -- and I think twelve points.
For Mitt Romney so.
You don't -- leave the Obama campaign is trying to.
Who -- I think they're doing Chris is using when I think it's kind of -- Right now and in -- strategy to win women's -- they're talking about you don't.
Round you will deny you access to contraceptives will not while wal mart's open.
They -- you know contraceptives can be obtained at Wal-Mart for nine dollars a month that's.
About the price of two pumpkin -- -- -- Starbucks.
-- an awful you know I like that you made seasonal Michael appreciate well yet and you know it's.
This threat that it you know Joseph Biden said -- that second debate -- man the Supreme Court would overturn -- with Republican appointees would overturn Roe vs.
Wade and abortion will be illegal anywhere well we can see why Joseph was near the bottom of his class at Syracuse law school.
Because of course is that if the Supreme Court should overturn Roe vs.
Wade that issue go to the states.
Abortion might be outlawed -- -- -- -- Louisiana and Guam that's about 2% of the US population.
But it's gonna remain legal else.
Michael it was very generous -- you not to point out where you went to law school which was Harvard where the problem Yale Yale oh I -- was Harvard undergrad Yale I always forget.
And probably not at the bottom of your class either.
All right so is the big question is -- I I this what I love about our president which is my little love note to you each day Internet that you -- If you just follow me -- -- -- -- Twitter and I hate to be a PDF CIU but.
You need to support the power play if you do wish to continue to have it.
These vulnerabilities bird for -- -- as big bird for adults I will Wear feathered sued if that's what it takes.
To get to Bret -- -- numbers of followers I'm not afraid to do it and as a matter of fact I probably would make it work but in fact what I said today.
Was that the president and his team say they're going to attack Mitt Romney -- president is going to go out on state.
He's going to tear apartment -- gonna talk about Bain Capital -- talk about the 47%.
During a talk about -- stuff.
Some are positive today that especially given.
The vice presidents believe bulldozer performance with Paul Ryan the last thing the Barack Obama wants do is go out there seemed to be.
-- -- -- -- Well I think that's exactly right Chris and me.
You know those little lines of the focus groups out -- the vice presidential debate.
Women did not like Joseph Biden's performance no they didn't like Paul Ryan's earnest young man yes that laughing and go find I've had women tell -- you know that reminds me -- -- -- -- -- with the Thanksgiving Day.
Get your -- -- that you start mentioning anything about politics he won't let you get a word in edgewise he laughs of ridicules you.
It really seems to have turned off some women in you know -- that you -- -- that we had done the USA today you know bustling state Poland's post that debate.
He did not help himself -- I don't think he helped.
The Obama campaign -- young voters either I mean he's.
I don't think anybody's shoes that were the last thirty years classic I mean we say we use a lot of interest and worked here.
Power play but.
And you -- you're probably right the other thing that we talked about here was that for younger voters that Biden's performance was probably reminiscent of the bad boss -- meeting that they had with -- older.
Who had not been welcoming of their input and it instead tried to shut them around a little bit.
The other question is this.
Barack Obama won women by thirteen it's he won men by a single point.
Every poll indicates.
That he's headed for a double digit loss with -- more even than George W.
Bush I think -- -- nine point win among that we talk about a gender gap by the way we should point out that that's a two way street men are more Republican is -- as Michael says for the last 36 years.
-- show men are more Republican women and women are more democratic than men and it goes so we -- lots of articles about why women are one way we don't write many about them I did back in the eighties actually.
Because you know what -- nobody cares what we think.
And that that's that's just too -- that's right that's that's you know you can and put the seat down when -- done.
But the but the other question.
Is this that.
He needs what does the president need to do what kind of number does he need to hit with women voters on Election Day to offset these expected losses with -- Well I think -- you know if if he's there where he is now he needs to hit a number that looks like double -- yet.
The end you know one of the things when you look at women voters is this.
Single women are hugely democratic.
The married women tend to -- And much more like man.
In and so think you've got to gin up turnout among single women well.
You know this is also group that's we're likely to be transient may not be registered to fool me you know.
Are they gonna get their enthusiasm.
They're trying to do with this.
You know the Lilly Ledbetter law which just changes the statute of limitations sex discrimination according to sexist and -- legal 48 years.
Abortion has been legal for 47 years.
They're trying to bring up issues which really been basically settled in convince.
Women that somehow there's a huge threat to them.
When there's 43 million unemployed later dropped out of the -- -- force when you've got the president.
Issuing statements on Libya that turn out to the un truths.
And jetting off to Las Vegas at the day after.
The US ambassador's murdered.
I think that you know.
Having to pay nine dollars a month for -- contraceptives and somehow not the biggest issue in the whole wide world not only is Michael -- know what's going.
Have been in the presidential election between now nobody knows what's gonna happen the rest of power play because he is just.
Outlined in our discussion for the next segment which is going to be about Hillary Clinton that Chad -- already.
There's already splitting and battering and chattering about this subject.
Hillary Clinton Libya -- the heads up with that Michael the Internet remains in your debt.
Are you got.
Our guys are gonna take a quick break but when we come back we'll talk about Ben Ghazi we'll talk about the secretary of state what it means for tonight's debate don't like it.
So stick around.
-- responsible for the state department for the more than 60000 people around the world.
The decisions about security assets are made by security professionals.
But we're going to review everything to make sure that.
We're doing what needs to be done in -- increasingly risky environments around the world.
And that was the United States secretary of state her name is Hillary Clinton you may have heard her and she was talking to Wendell Goler.
Our Fox News colleague there about what the heck happened at the US consulate in Ben Ghazi where a raid by Islamist militants killed.
The US ambassador in three other Americans.
Back on September 11 of this year and this is powered by welcome back.
Much you hurt the First Lady former First Lady doing there was taking a pretty big slice of the blame cake.
She said another interview she -- a round Robin of interviews she's -- -- foreign trip to South America.
And basically said.
The buck stops with her this is not a matter for the White House this is a matter inside the State Department.
But she also said that the investigation was ongoing and indicated that there as her husband might have said mistakes were made.
Inside her department.
As it related to seeing the warning signs and -- adequately for this attack.
So that's what that is but how does this affect tonight's debate.
How does Mitt Romney used this ongoing.
Tumult to his advantage how does the president talked about it and and what do voters think.
So we should talk to Smart people we should talk to Smart people who were fair minded and patriotic.
I can think of two run -- Jane he is a partner at the -- -- singer and bond James strategies.
And he's the owner of the -- -- company but you should know that he's the former top mouthpiece.
For former speaker of the house Dennis Hester.
Pastor and he is also worked on the senate side he's a pretty big deal we stipulate.
Good to see here we'll say we'll -- -- and you know and like ducks are now he's a strategist which sounds high minded.
At best Katie -- -- which is a big shot Democrat firm and he is a former spokesman for the what welcome great to be back Chris you are also a big deal -- -- -- like him.
Well I mean who will love us and who among us out to a lot of success pressures as that mr.
building -- there I guess dictators all right so here's the question and it's true that's said the question is this.
And let's start here did Hillary Clinton give the president.
The breathing room he needed going into the debate tonight.
By saying the buck stops with -- mistakes were made we're gonna find out who did them but I ultimately I'm responsible for this because on the secretary of state.
Well I would say that.
Who possibly but look the president isn't gonna start route responsibility he obviously is president the buck stops there and I think what he'll say tonight is that it's unfortunate that Republicans are trying to turn this into political issue.
In looking at best ambassador race went out there after the attacks when intelligence was still coming in Susan Rice -- US ambassador to the United Nations exactly she was in she was.
Offering up intelligence in the assessments that intelligence community was giving her at the time the president right after the attack said this was a terrorist attack.
Now the thing is is that.
Any situation like this you're having to -- you're gonna have information change over the course of days and that's what happened here now I think the president should go out there and say it's unfortunate though that Republicans are trying to play political games with this because well you know -- If this was not.
This these folks were killed by terrorists.
And they weren't killed -- -- with the now there may have been some security lapses and we should look into that and we are.
But for Republicans to try to turn this into a political issue I think it's kind of -- -- Let's -- sort of what Republicans said.
About the Iraq War.
-- John Kerry and the Democrats.
What is that they said.
You're just trying to exploit a difficult situation for the country that nobody wanted nobody wanted it to be this way.
Yes mistakes were made but the Democrats are being unpatriotic and cynical by trying to exploit that does that charge stick around.
Through it and I don't think it does because we're the Democrats of the moderate ones were -- the story in the White House this changes story time and again.
Every couple -- days or something new about this either you do -- is there an explanation are now you have.
Hillary Clinton saying the buck stops here which is usually reversed rather usually saved for the head.
You know for the White House Harry Truman headed here is just can't get out plaques that president of present President Obama.
I think is open to -- -- -- Iran -- does the buck stop with hearing Clinton doesn't talk stuff with you Mr.
-- when it's said this in the chat just curious when mrs.
Clinton states she's responsible.
For the debacle in Libya -- she stating that she is the one who stopped the -- security.
Or is she just saying that she's the boss and ultimately responsible but didn't know extra security was needed -- Did my understanding of the actresses -- security is that the extra security was requested for the embassy in Tripoli and and they would've been wish they would have been with the -- that uses sixteen man team.
They -- -- that it would -- chance that the investor would have had a full -- security detail with him when he went -- -- right now on the security.
Point I think that Republicans are actually vulnerable to a pretty good counter -- by the president by saying that under the Romney Ryan plan.
Diplomatic security would actually be cut by 300 million dollars.
So now that is is something and that's something that Vice President Biden brought up and -- debate and I think that that's.
Something that the president could point out if we're gonna go down this road of you know of the partisanship -- now always say one thing we are both.
We're both on the hill I -- on 9/11 and when that happened I don't remember Democrats running to hold hearings or criticize the president.
After that an -- in that is something that we were we did not do and I'm glad we didn't do it.
On you and you're exposed neck gets the last.
Well I would say you know there is different and an eleven the president wants a Las Vegas right after the address or -- but.
That's a whole story I think that.
They're trying to contain the situation politically killer -- came -- the day before its second presidential debate.
There's no question that was exactly to move by the White House stop the bleeding.
And I think it's actually increase the exposure and questions put to the question the president's character does the buck really stops with him.
Proceeded to -- last August -- and gentlemen we thank you very much and it remains -- that okay.
We got to take a break just so that you can regroup you can from.
Tried to just catch your breath after that much raw political excellence.
When we come back.
You will in fact get more more of that we will -- talk about the debate format.
And how that plays the strengths and weaknesses.
Of those two guys who are running for president question power points we'll have Charles you're going to be took him back.
So stick around.
Senator Obama this is a question from you.
From Theresa finch Theresa.
Have to -- tries to eat there -- viewed with our money.
When both parties.
Got got us into this global economic crisis.
Your frustration in your cynicism because.
While you've been carrying out your responsibilities.
Most of the people here -- got a family budget.
If less money is coming in the end up.
Making cuts maybe you don't brought to -- as much.
Maybe you put off by the new car.
That's not what happens in Washington.
And you're right there's a lot of blame to go around.
That is what Barack Obama very much wishes he could say again.
This year as he goes into a town hall debate.
That was him four years ago debating John McCain Tom Brokaw.
-- -- question from a woman in the audience concerned about profligate spending by both parties.
And the then senator from Illinois very wisely and very effectively said Washington's broken in both parties are to blame a message that people -- Harder for an incumbent president to do this power play I -- Chris Farrell well.
You're not gonna hear that accent the woman Theresa -- you're not gonna hear that accent that you heard from Tennessee at Belmont University.
You're gonna hear a long -- land -- this year because there at Hofstra.
University out in Hempstead New York in Nassau County.
So let us go there now.
And let us introduce you to.
Richard -- far he has an associate professor of political science at Hofstra University professor welcome.
At the pleasure to be here well OK so give us the overview.
Of what how tonight's debate works is that town hall debates so what happens.
-- it's a town hall meeting they're going to be eighty people who are.
Nassau County residents Nassau County long -- New York residents.
Who are registered voters but who are undecided.
They are coming here this morning they will be asked to write a question.
-- to index cards they will keep one for themselves they will give the other one to Candy Crowley gets CNN.
And -- -- -- then -- these questions and decide which twelve to fifteen of these questions will be chosen.
OK and so.
Good candidates reach gonna have two minutes.
The first question is president and then who balmy beaches fouled -- the next question first go -- Romney.
And -- Obama just thought they both get two minutes right.
Right but it'll be relatively free Wheeling beyond those two minutes because my fly -- -- is that it's divided up into a number of different topics.
So the candidates are going to get a chance to talk to one another to engage with one another as well as to engage with members of the audience.
Now what tell us about the makeup of -- -- in New York what does NASA Kennedy politically looks like.
Nassau County -- historically was.
A very much Republican county army with the home of a huge.
Very powerful Republican machine.
That has begun to change -- has begun to change significantly.
Over the past ten years one of the things that we have seen is that I'm democratic registration is rising.
Republican registration is falling a lot of it has to do with the fact that people here.
Are relatively liberal on the social issues on the cultural issues -- on abortion on gay marriage.
So one of the things that we see here is we seen -- major trend towards Democrats.
Really at all levels of government but even at the national level -- in 2004 and 2008.
Democrats won Nassau County fight fairly sizable margins.
So we would consider this sort of a Democrat leaning but still -- each count and -- -- Absolutely it's still.
A swing area in the sense that it's the suburbs you have a lot of people here who were under -- Economic arrests who were very much concerned about the economy.
The reason why they -- to tilt towards the Democrats is.
Because of social issues in and the Republican party of today which is pro life.
Which opposes gay marriage.
-- to alienate a lot of people here in Nassau County.
Who are -- who are otherwise who otherwise would consider themselves in the center.
Professor it's a big night for your school congratulations I know you all are gonna shine and we thank you for making some time for us -- it's been a pleasure thank you.
All right that's what we'd like to hear from all of our guests is what a pleasure it was.
OK so one thing you should know is that tonight.
If you Internet like the debate wanna see you could watch it right here you could you could be even with me.
Harris Faulkner is on the case so is -- pulled out we'll have lots of good stuff.
Starting at 845.
Won't talk about it would break down what's going to be said what was said set the stakes at the expectations.
I -- say at least two funny things that's my -- few hours at least two humorous things and if I don't do it shame on me.
It's also true that you have some power points coming your way today about the debate.
Our points today are.
So number one here's the thing to understand the status quo debate.
The debate that maintains the status quo means that the president loses the election.
That's not good he has to debate so he could save a trajectory changer for the second one.
But Mitt Romney's got the wind it is back right now and -- moving ahead in the polls.
And among them kind of voters that the professor was just talking about he's making big games including with women -- the president needs to change things to do it now.
He -- next week but he's got to change things so.
Here's Obama's key.
He needs to be a federal fodder for all the talk about how much the president needs to be on the attack and peeling the paint off of Mitt Romney and the democratic base screaming for blood.
What he needs to do is show strong steady.
Call my ability he needs to show that he has a plan and that he can't put it into effect because people are very much convinced that Washington is even more broken now that it was when he took office so the promises he made in 2000 -- fixing Washington he can't say that he did that.
But what he can say is that he is the man for the next four years and that he can have the federal government deal with these issues in the right way so that's his job -- Romney's job.
And Mitt Romney's -- I should say is to be a man who understands.
Not just that he what the pundits have all said is that he understands the concerns of voters in his relatable that's huge for Romney who is a quarter billionaire.
And that's tough.
A but he did demonstrate the first bit that he understands the kitchen table issues so he needs demonstrated understanding of the concerns of regular folks yes that's true.
But the more important thing for -- to -- what he did in the first debate in demonstrated understanding of the problems facing the country and that he's on the same page with the electorate.
That's what he needs to do he needs to demonstrate those two understandings.
So whichever one of them does the better job with their keys tonight and anyone who is judged to be the winner.
So that's what that is -- and brown is hosting.
On the hunt up next -- like that that's good news for you Internet.
And great news for you is that now as we like to do every day we want to leave you with the word from our French are.
-- they went after Romney statement on -- for three days.
Ambassador killed for the first time in thirty years and that was the whole media analysis.
-- three days and they thought.
The -- not gonna look into it we can ride this out until election -- after election make it doesn't matter.