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Both campaigns rolled out some big guns in their battle over fiscal matters.
The Obama campaign releasing any political ad featuring former President Bill Clinton blasting governor Romney's plan to cut individual income tax rates by 20%.
Governor Romney's claim that he could pay for the cut by eliminating tax deductions.
In the video President Clinton suggests that is not possible.
Meantime the Romney campaign touted the endorsement of the Texas billionaire and one time third party presidential candidate Ross Perot.
In an op Ed piece for the de Moines register newspaper -- Iowa.
-- -- slammed President Obama for the growing national debt and -- the president has failed to turn things around.
Joining us now Romney supporter and former governor of the state of Pennsylvania Tom Ridge he was also the first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
Governor ridge both candidates have accused the other of lacking specifics when it comes to fiscal issues would would you like some specifics tonight I think a lot of our viewers would.
I suspect you're going to get specifics but I also think that it.
It's not actually an accurate representation of let the Romney -- team have put forward.
Mean frankly I thought that -- governor Romney chose.
Paul Ryan to be as vice president he was willing to say that there.
Take a look at Paul's work.
-- -- regard to the entitlement program with regard to the budget with regard to tax policy and say -- you -- -- the discussion has to begin.
Governor -- I understand that.
But that the truth is when pressed about specifics of what you've just brought up the Ryan budget.
And governor I mean Ron Paul Ryan is not apparently been allowed.
To give a lot of specific and it's the specifics which so many are seeking especially after this claim is Chris Wallace pointed out that there were six different studies on the Ryan budget.
Three of those were for blogs and one of them was and that was an opinion piece.
Well -- you know there there are studies and I think he probably could find studies on the economic -- Predictions of both campaigns.
And at the end of the day it comes down to.
Who has a record of cutting taxes and Mitt Romney does and who has a record of raising taxes and President Obama does -- so we can talk about what they're going to do in the future but it's not a bad idea.
To take a look at what they've done the past.
Governor Romney in the last debate.
I had the challenge of of really becoming the comeback kid that the numbers were bad even folks on the Republican side -- to give him a hard time.
Some some some very prominent names we have a whole new world here in your estimation should his strategy be different tonight as a result.
No I think he would do his show.
Used to sustain.
The not -- just the eloquence that sustained division.
As sustained in the same kind of -- the content was solid the tone was respectful I think one of his challenges that night.
When you're running against an incumbent and normally the a reelection is a referendum on the incumbent's record.
But that record is not a very good when as well enough and so I think governor Romney has to be prepared.
To have some of these -- attack.
His vision attacked.
Because it's quite obvious that divisions differ and if you're looking for four more years.
-- know tax reduction.
Fewer dollars in your pocket no reduction in the deficit.
You know that's that's the same policies we know what's gonna happen and you take a look at governor Romney's record.
And the fact that he's willing to take on the very decisive way some of these major problems which he always had to do some -- that has not been talked about too much in this campaign.
But whether it was in the private sector where there was -- overseeing the Olympics where there is governor every single day.
In those executive positions he made tough problem solving decisions this is the president has picked a lot of decisions down the road in the most recent decision.
That he kicked down the road frankly is whether or not they should be revealed to the American public that it wasn't.
The terrorist attack in Libya the assassination of former ambassador.
Was not spontaneous it was a preordained premeditated terrorist attack by the way on September 11.
Indeed governor -- unlike the last debate.
It's strictly -- domestic issues tonight the candidates and discuss the deadly attack that did kill it for Americans there including you as a veteran Chris Stevens.
Let let let's let's go back to former governor ridge now as I mentioned earlier.
He what you were the first Homeland Security secretary -- this has -- no question become a political football.
Both sides playing politics here to -- from the other.
Is that appropriate with a dead ambassador.
Well I don't think.
About what a president -- or would he didn't know what he did or failed to do.
Is anything about politics is about the cut it to from my judgment it's about the kind of president.
-- that we want in the White House the kind of individual we want I remember rev Falwell just about every day.
President Bush had this in the Oval Office -- -- -- -- -- talk about threats to America and then terrorist threats against American interests around the world.
It for this attack -- occurred on September 11.
And for seven days later for the president of the United States still claiming it was really a spontaneous attack in response to that of -- film.
In my mind is absolutely outrageous so either they didn't know where they chose not to tell and I think this beat these Secretary Clinton is willing to.
Frankly take the blame for this -- be accountability always goes to the top of the chain of command and I think there's a lot of unanswered questions and maybe we'll get fit in insight into some of those.
Questions tonight whether -- -- we get any answers from President Obama remains to be seen.
We -- state governor ridge secretary ridge and in this case that company president bridge it's great season thank you thank you very much -- -- it.
All right the Obama campaign.
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