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Welcome back -- off -- university were inside the spin room let's talk about what we can expect during tonight's town hall style debate.
Joining me now Ohio senator Rob Portman who has played the role.
The President Obama in debate preparations -- thanks for being here -- reality again wolf first of all let's talk about the debate preparations.
Your assessment how they've been going and what specifically have you been working on.
Well they've they've gone well go around is a good listener he takes it seriously as we saw in the first debate it's all about -- -- -- -- -- the end of the day.
He gets up there he's alone on the stage.
It doesn't matter how much preparation you've had only advisors showed me give you their suggestions it's it's you and the other candidates.
-- did -- first debate was very simple you know he was himself both in terms of his personality and you know his his passion for trying to make America better but second his policy proposals he was able to lay them out.
You know without having a media -- without having a TV ad run by the other side explain his proposals as it would do it on his own and the American people saw that and have -- well.
We talked after that first debate you were surprised a little bit then about the president's performance kind of lackluster and energy perhaps it's O playing President Obama getting ready for this.
Second debate town hall style.
But did you pep up what did you do are you were you more aggressive as President Obama well I think -- model will come out swinging tonight medical be more aggressive.
But frankly is a look back at that debate have looked at a few times since I don't think that was his problem but it wasn't just style although it was lackluster.
It was subsidies because he didn't offer anything new for the next four years.
Having played the role -- of public now for.
But several weeks you know I frankly have been looking for what to substances to the only thing that really changes over the next four years is a promise.
To raise taxes on about a million small businesses.
Which the studies say it will result in about 700000 jobs being lost so.
I think that's a bigger issue that he's got he's got a run on his record he doesn't seem to want to.
That's not a style issue it's a substance issue and he doesn't have a new plan to go forward whereas Mitt Romney does can he be aggressive do you think in this.
Format of the town hall coming in you playing President Obama class and we try to get the mannerisms and phrasing of -- how he would beat him.
I think he'll try to be aggressive as a cynical come -- swing and -- it is more difficult and I think people want to be sure in the town hall setting they're not being used as props for a political attack.
So there's certain limitations but I think he's been told for the past ten days -- she got to be tough for you got to come out going in so he'll probably do that.
But ultimately again that's that's not his problem his problem is that the record is tough to defend.
He doesn't have a positive agenda going forward all right so talk about defending records former President Bill Clinton is out with a new web video for the Obama campaign.
But today specifically on the issue of the Romney tax plan.
Take a list.
And I you know everything okay you were not on my part by -- -- sex -- -- loop hole.
Among other analysis shows me how did you get better call the home mortgage deduction and all that charitable deduction -- you still hold close to this so we won't be.
We simply cannot afford I can give another round of tax credits to people and got the benefit of the tax cuts and the economic growth.
-- the last decade.
It's pretty detailed video he says you have to choose arithmetic over -- it goes into this tax -- -- any responses.
Well look in the clintons -- communicate -- a question about him and I don't blame Barack Obama for using him as he's doing consistently on the campaign trail.
But he's flat wrong on substance that you said the studies all show absolutely not there's one study that's a Democrat studied at some Tax Policy Center -- policies -- It uses -- assumptions and Mitt -- does not use to say that somehow there's this you know the arithmetic problem there are a half dozen other studies that have been done.
It showed just the opposite effect my own office -- -- -- study in addition to that just look at all the all the issues here did you know I do a lot of work and tax reform absolutely you can do this in fact.
It's exactly what -- Simpson Bowles commission which was that debt reduction commission that the president.
Should have supported what they said -- should lower tax rate and broaden the base of taxation.
It's what was done in 1986 by Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill a bipartisan way.
It's what economists right left -- centers that we ought to do they may have differences of opinion as to how exactly to do it.
But they all believe that that will result in economic growth at the -- Mitt Romney doing that will create seven million new jobs -- -- pro growth policy don't you think that they're making some headway.
And saying well what exactly are you gonna take off the table that the mortgage deduction.
That charitable deduction what exactly.
Making some headway bread because they're spending hundreds of machines that helpers on ads -- they have been for months.
But when Mitt Romney stands -- there is he has -- said look this thing is going to be deficit neutral on revenue neutral when it can be had all these studies have shown that.
-- has hosted check out the American Enterprise Institute study were to study should confined by going on Mitt Romney dot com future studies from from Harvard and Princeton and other places.
But second you know what Mitt Romney can say is it creates jobs it's pro growth -- economists across the board agree that having a -- tax code.
-- because you have simplification and you're getting rid of a lot of the underbrush that Washington puts into the code business decisions will be made based on.
Economic factors not what Washington says you'll have economic growth that result and that's the key.
This text plan will actually create jobs and help move the country forward and so Bill Clinton again great communicators but he's just wrong that this can't be done it can't be done and it must be done for gonna get this country back on track.
-- Portman thanks for the time another gonna still be -- for specifics tonight we'll see if your version of President Obama is the same version that's in this town hall.
We appreciate your time thanks -- -- it OK next up no great.
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