Robert Gibbs on president's Town Hall strategy
Obama campaign senior advisor speaks out
- Duration 6:52
- Date Oct 16, 2012
Obama campaign senior advisor speaks out
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Welcome back to Hofstra we talked last segment with senator Rob Portman of the Romney team now we welcome to spin room.
Obama campaign senior advisor former press secretary Robert Gibbs Robert thanks for being here -- -- Stratton what's presents a strategy tonight.
Well look I think you're gonna hear the president tonight.
Give -- -- energetic vigorous performance and talked a lot about the next four years what we have to do to continue to move this economy forward to strengthen.
The middle class and to provide real opportunity I think that's his -- -- absolutely talk about.
Manufacturing jobs as we have since for the first time since the mid 1990s bringing those jobs back from overseas.
Doubling exports and selling those goods abroad.
Hiring more teachers to strengthen education investing in domestic energy -- -- whole host of things tonight again that will be focused on how we strengthen and rebuild this middle class.
And more energetic than it was the first time absolutely.
A serious note here.
The Ben -- situation is -- getting a lot.
Coverage it's getting a lot of focus.
Secretary of state Clinton says the buck stops with her when it comes to the security situation before the attack.
But when it comes to the reliance on the anti Islam video as being behind the attack it's not really what she set up.
Former White House chief of staff Andy card today.
Who's usually fairly reserved.
Had this to say about the Obama White House.
I suspect that the White House -- I -- I suspect to very strongly that the national security advisor new in the Homeland Security advisor and probably the chief of staff.
No they didn't inform the president to the shame on them I suspect that the president and probably the vice president.
Didn't know about the nature of the threats that exist at around 9/11.
The nature of the threats the British convoy is attacked in June the actual Ben Ghazi consulate is -- Leading up to that.
What about that how do you respond and look at.
I don't I'm not in the White House now on him and -- is -- Andy card I know this the the president and his team.
Have given the American people the best information that they can't win they had.
It makes absolutely no sense in any way shape or form.
To even attempt to deceive anybody on this issue.
And president Robert that we never animation I mean when you have Charlene.
Charlene the -- the State Department official testifying in the house that she is real time.
Getting the information from on the ground during this eight hour attack.
So the State Department knows.
At the CIA has assets on the ground the intelligence community knows.
So how will go to bed at eight days later but again beyond that that -- get National Security Council doesn't mean telepresence.
But look did the Director of National Intelligence has said.
The information that we gave out was the best intelligence assessment that we had at that time.
-- every day -- spokesman we put a statement out that from -- office right.
The from from clapper committed this is -- represents let me just like when I speak.
At the podium last spoke for the president that states he's a spokesperson for the Director of National Intelligence -- said.
The information that we had and we we put out was the best information that we have -- -- Do we learn more about what happens every single day absolutely and we will always do that would any sort of terrorist attack.
Nobody wants to get to the bottom of this -- More than the White House more than this administration and more than this president this president is committed to when we put people in harm's way doing everything we -- to protect them.
Understands that President Obama understands that I hope we get a chance -- -- tonight because.
The president understands the grave importance of this we have to be diplomatically engaged a very dangerous world.
I want to ask you -- another topic is as I've heard that answer on -- Ghazi from a number of different Obama officials and and I assume that that's going to continue to be cancer.
Vice President Biden on Social Security pretty aggressive during his debate.
The president obviously.
Agrees -- Vice President Biden about Social Security what particularly what he says that republicans' ideas are old their ideas are bad.
If we've listened to Romney governor Romney and congressman Brian that's.
Gone away in the market that's what it'll look.
I think if -- -- -- it if you rely on -- -- -- he agrees with them if you rely on Social Security privatization I mean look what would have happened in.
Late 2008 to somebody to head.
Invested all of their money in the stock market I would have seen but he's a trash and -- again.
-- is what.
The president said in the first debate about Social Security I want to listen this really quick.
-- -- regard to Social Security we won't -- we.
If we and.
President Obama said you know I suspect on Social Security we've got a somewhat similar position.
Here he says -- -- here.
I suspect that on Social Security we've got a somewhat similar position Social Security is.
Structurally sound is gonna have to -- -- the way it was by Ronald Reagan and speaker democratic speaker Tip O'Neill.
But it is the basic structure is sound.
So it sounds like.
He governor Romney were on the same -- what I get I'd have to go back and -- the exact context -- -- the president saying their but I think this is a discussion about the debt and the deficit and we know that.
Social Security though it faces long term financial challenges.
He's not a driver -- dated -- Debt and deficit as some of the things like Medicare and Medicaid might be so I think that's the context of that statement to look.
That that the president doesn't believe we ought to take care retirement funds and you know risk amid a stock market but has to do something.
Look at the last town hall he said you have to do something about entitlement reform in my term actually -- and -- he -- well who.
We're gonna extend the term when we we would win we win reelection but I think one of things we can do is please raise the cap on.
The tax on -- -- -- -- the president has talked about that for for a number of years I think that would be away.
Again of of doing this in a way that's more equitable and it and a lot less -- in terms of look.
I gotta go back to 2000 you don't -- -- put your money in the stock market and watch the market -- similar points in -- day.
Guys are touting the market now as being a success but are the -- been great -- that Barack Obama right.
-- thank you very much secretary of state.