Power Play 10/24/2012
White House tipped on Al Qaeda link in Libya within hours, The vision thing and Young voters key in Colorado. Join the live chat...
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- Date Oct 24, 2012
White House tipped on Al Qaeda link in Libya within hours, The vision thing and Young voters key in Colorado. Join the live chat...
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All efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.
But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence.
The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these.
Relax and got to see the day actor.
The -- was -- on the anniversary of September 11 and this is power play an Internet I'm in fact Chris firewall as has been previously confirmed by this news organization.
And here's the deal.
The president you heard there talking about.
These senseless violence but you also heard him talking about.
The movie being no excuse them video that was posted on YouTube -- and that same remark.
In the same remarks in the Rose Garden he also talked about an act of terror and then later that same day.
He was out in Las Vegas at a campaign event and he even more explicitly called what had happened in bad guys in act of terror.
And now we know why because newly released video added to mounting pile of evidence says that everybody in the White House knew fully well.
In fact -- everybody who needed to know the White House knew fully well that in fact what had happened was a premeditated terror attack.
That in fact there were no riots proceeding the attack and then also now we know that we were able to -- that officials were able to watch in real time.
As the attack unfolded over hours and hours and hours and chose not.
To intervene or send US forces by error -- land -- -- In to relieve the embattled -- there so things are starting to come a lot clearer on this.
We will examine today how that's gonna affect the election we will examine today.
What the president is doing as he tries to shift and lay out a vision.
For the next four years as -- just pointing out that -- running he thinks Mitt Romney is a really bad guy.
And we will talk about young voters in the key swing state of Colorado which shaping up to be perhaps Mitt Romney's best chance to -- the map and win the presidency.
We'll do that we'll have power points will do all kinds of stuff.
One of the things that we must do right now.
Is to introduce you again to Matthew -- -- he is the editor in chief of the Washington -- and Matthew welcome back thanks for having police so.
We're getting past.
The original question on Ben Ghazi which was what did he know and when did he know it and what did they know well now it's pretty clear based on the State Department emails that remnant.
Well they knew as it was happening in fact there were -- that there were al-Qaeda affiliates -- claiming credit this was a known thing.
They watched there was video they watch the live stream of the attacks going on.
So -- as we get past you know after after you get to the -- smoking gun or whatever.
You get past that then you get to the question of why they show.
This after the fact.
To Alter this narratives and quit talking about terrorism as the president did in the first day and start focusing exclusively on.
This video that somebody put on you to explain.
But I think the answer to that is pretty obvious Chris I mean -- it's not in this president's interest to have the world believe that al-Qaeda is resurgent despite many report us.
From Iraq from him.
And Afghanistan from.
That -- grab in North Africa that it is back and so I think that may have explained.
And of course where we're going on supposition here that that may have explained why they decide let's emphasize this video.
I think fundamentally the problem for the president is this even polls that are favorable to him.
In the run up to the final debate showed that his lead on foreign policy was diminishing that more have to -- had a bit more and more Americans.
Caught in these polls are you can view Romney as a plausible commander in chief.
And I think that's what what Romney wanted to cement in the voters' minds -- on the debate I think he did that.
As all these revelations come out those numbers I think for Obama will continue to drop.
The motive as you say it was pretty easy question we mr.
lay ups for the first question yes obviously the president did not -- -- say sorry al-Qaeda stole a march on us for Americans are dead.
But in hindsight now.
The decision to minimize and the decision to talk about this video and they get -- for two weeks.
The decisions do that.
Looks increasingly bad because as the evidence comes out about what they knew -- when they knew -- and this video that they watched in real time that people watched in real time as the attack occurred.
Now that looks like a pretty serious miscalculation.
Yes does and you know it raises the big question that the military writer bing west has written about what national review and it's very kind of you decided competitor viewers as well -- you know I give credit where credit is due -- now in this case being as saying.
Well look they knew about this attack as it was unfolding in fact the Reuters mark closing the ball report today's says that there were watching the attack.
Why were they responding to the attack and I think that's the big question and that may be what.
Not they're making two sets of emails in the coming weeks that we need to look at one is -- was a decision made to send.
Susan Rice -- -- talking about the video they're blaming -- on the CIA but what was the administration traffic.
On that regard and secondly what were there discussions about sending in Marines are.
Firing drones are having some presence there usually the Americans are very quick to respond.
When are embassies or our forces are under attack.
Why not in this case so I think the administration continues to be under pressure.
Even as they continued to downplay these revelations and also say that that Republicans are somehow.
Politicizing this issue I think most voters just cure that and say are you kidding me I mean but -- -- -- its ambassador killed this is an issue but it was.
Clearly a fear of Republican political opportunism.
That Republicans -- do this.
That and I shouldn't say clear but it seems it is increasingly obvious.
This fear that Republicans would say the president you were prepared on September 11 you deny the security request.
You get all of these things but I wonder this.
Knowing if you're afraid of that and your president Mitt Romney's gonna say you failed to protect the embassy al-Qaeda is on the march all those things.
Why try to minimize it why not do a federal freak out why not.
Convene all of your security advisors cancel your campaign events start moving forces around in the region look -- look serious.
In -- now hindsight makes it a lot easier but wouldn't that have been a more politically advantageous play.
Yeah perhaps I mean the larger question is wired debuting national security through the lens of politics -- role now Matt -- -- roll -- all politics give David Axelrod is it giving it you know who comments about what's unfolding in the big Ghazi investigation fashion show they show -- face right now.
That is that might really base.
Really I think politically I think the -- this -- -- everybody complains about national security being politicized he's politicizing -- politicizing it.
It's a political issue because we vote on politicians to end goal.
National security don't -- yes we give a look Chris this entire administration's foreign policy is based on two words not bush.
They've tried to be not bush and every single aspect.
What we found is that when you're not bush in Libya it comes back to haunt you and so what they're trying to avoid that -- all costs.
And that's -- I think by you know not taking the lead as you suggest.
-- they've expose their fundamental strategy and it's gonna come back to haunt them because people might say will we need.
Perhaps to stop leading from behind I think that's the argument Romney made in the third debate I think it was an effective argument.
Even though I think most voters are gonna.
But we can't have you gotten any you should be reading him and he is crack squad over at the Washington -- and you follow them at -- and Matthew we thank you thank you and I -- -- that -- that not bush was also Mitt Romney's stated foreign policy in his third debate in the third debate President Obama.
-- the point says this I think the bigger question is at the terrorists think that facility as a target and how did they know -- and -- to attack.
There is a security -- in Libya that needs to be addressed.
Maybe -- -- May be is that we'll keeps turning on this that will come out.
But certainly they -- a place that was poorly defended.
It shows a place that outdated it looks like they've -- probing attacks so they have been checking it out for a while we expect a quick break but when we come back we'll talk about.
The vision thing.
As President Obama with two weeks less than two weeks now Internet to go until the election.
Tries to reset things he has a brochure he would like you to take a look at.
As it relates to his plan for the economy and long awaited hard pivot to jobs so stick around.
Is a brochure that you can have thirty pages it cost about five million dollars to put together and get out.
And it is a vision for president Obama's plan for the next four years on the economy.
And it represents an effort to reset the discussion in the race in the final days and this is power play.
And we don't have a brochure for you Internet I don't even have a pamphlet I've got nothing we just have this.
This does happen to include a couple of very Smart patriotic and fair minded individuals partisan as -- may be.
Penny leave she's president principles and strategy she's former senior advisor to senator Harry Reid -- with Ed Rendell a lot of very important people she's Smart she's very nice.
-- -- -- he's former senior advisor to president George W.
Bush he worked for the other President Bush.
He's a pretty big deal okay and also happens to be a professor at Georgetown so welcome while -- To be -- the Internet like you people OK so here's the question.
The plan for the election for the president was.
A sort of bush 04 on steroids -- DQ the challenger and say look in Bush's case was like -- you may not like Iraq and -- may not like exactly the way things are going.
But this guy looks like the head waiter -- -- French restaurant and you don't want him to be your president because he wears a wetsuit and when he goes -- -- This is -- turned up 100000%.
And we've heard since April Mitt Romney is a vampire bad person care.
These characters unfit for the presidency they show the scary to ask the empty desk.
Imagine if there was a vampire sitting in that -- they've done all that and at the end when the final hole and we see that people are concerned more so about the president surprisingly.
About what he would do in the next four years than they are about Romney.
So the president trying to change discussion a little bit I want to start with you Brad Republicans say it's too late.
But it's something if this is something that the president can do to to try and turn that around thirteen days is relatively speaking a long time politics.
It is prudent diet the EPA should come out against this call.
Because of what it's gonna do to our landfills -- although.
-- this this is basically.
An answer to the base his base was crying out for specifics on for years it's not us asking.
-- we have been asking it's his base he's required.
Him to put out this pamphlet -- it's a little.
Too little too late.
Nobody's gonna read this thing.
It's gonna -- that appear in the mail yes and it's not going to be communicated it's going to be dropped and what's -- drop it's going to be forgotten.
So it it really is it's not even enter commuter earned media play the studies that we're talking yeah.
I think I thought about it negatively and most people are talking about it negatively -- -- this is something that's been forced upon to do as something he should have done.
Months and months and months ago.
Cosmo world I don't know him but any certainly the president.
Is there some regret and Obama land that there was not a more positive vision for the next four years it was put out sooner.
Any to your -- IDC that they're seeing something in the polling that emea is just yeah.
They needed to get this data needed to get added inoculated -- away.
Out now to make that closing argument for the last thirteen days because you are still some of those undecided voters out there that want to see you don't get that final bit of of information to know whether it whether or not they choose didn't do not feeling so well her own life -- they want to see what's going forty neither candidate they both have been solutions like.
What was the next four years or they're going to be about because it opens up to a clinical -- Donald ever accused USC give them credit though it was released 3000 I'll at all.
-- -- I mean yeah.
I guess here's -- -- your binder there.
Johnny Johnny thanks as this way to save trees Obama says environmental and environmental complaint.
-- the the goal for the president was -- -- running short on specifics and he said that he should they have tried several lines of attack on Romney.
But the one that was of the previous two weeks was that Romney short on specifics and he sort of excited for -- you don't really know what's gonna happen on the other side.
Does this create any further need for Romney to get.
Specific no I think at this point he's laid out general principles what we're -- view.
His -- -- out general principles gonna try and build consensus the governor is not foreign to governing he governed in a state where is very tall.
To get anything accomplished but he understood that in order to be successful it's not my way -- the highway he's gonna come -- general brought.
Principles like Ronald Reagan did and then try and build consensus -- -- -- -- given after the selection with a house -- senate we believe we're gonna.
Keep the house we don't know about you all -- the -- yeah yeah.
-- have to do you -- impressed -- -- of reality instead of ideology which was Obama's problem is -- -- he dealt first with ideology.
And then at the risk of his own.
So isn't though -- and I'm picturing the moment in Chicago.
Where it's a week ago or whatever and David Axelrod says boss so the thing about Florida.
And Virginia is this and that North Carolina -- kind of that way in the bed and by the way Minnesota just moved them from solid Democrat to -- Democrat things are shaping up the way we want.
Isn't it incumbent on them now having taken a daring strategy.
In this election something that no and company have really tried to this extent before.
-- really going out and saying.
This is as good but I did the best job that I could and this guy's gonna ruin everything's gonna ruin the country if you elect him.
Is it sort of incumbent on them not to get squishy now and see this through to the end.
And it gives a lot of things that are in play right now and you or -- -- -- -- -- yes and tortoises and others are tightening now been in changing the -- certainly see positive things in Iowa and Nevada.
Ohio still continues to be a stronghold Wisconsin Pennsylvania so.
Viewers you do have a lot of positive news that the president's team can look at it to say that you in many of the major battlegrounds don't we are still ahead.
Actually do think this was an audition but this is there any stepping back.
This is now -- base turnout effort for the last thirteen days.
Did they needed to do -- to stop some of the bleeding that they were seen someplace but this is all gonna be now about the base turnout.
OK -- people delivered as promised.
Decency and goodness and -- we thank you very much as always you are among the -- very favorites but -- let's take a break.
Quickly and because we have so much more to do for you other than power points and other than all of that good stuff for you have a conversation about Colorado.
Which increasingly shaping up as Mitt Romney's best chance to flip a blue state red.
And maybe win the presidency so we'll look at how -- breaking down out there and how young voters playing to that.
So stick around.
Or years ago.
He came here to Denver.
He offered so much hope so much change.
Candidate Obama then said.
If you don't have any fresh ideas.
You use stale tactics to scare voters.
If you don't ever record to run on you -- -- opponent as someone to run from you make a big election about small things.
That's what he said for years ago.
Sadly that is exactly what he has become.
And that was Paul Ryan congressman from Minnesota campaigning in Colorado.
Outside of Denver and place -- red rocks which maybe more commonly associated with like Phish concerts.
But in fact had a political rally kind of cool kind of -- for Republicans.
And you may have also noticed that -- is pretty young not much gray.
In his brow.
Young voters happen to be a really big deal in the state of Colorado.
Let's talk about that we have experts on both youth and Colorado.
Paul Conway is president -- generation opportunity.
That is too focused on finding out what young people one out of the election.
And then helping them get it is that about right yeah that's all right okay good good good would do that stipulates that -- but also please please welcome.
Our -- Cory garner he's a congressman from Colorado.
Pretty young his own self and he represents.
I guess he represents basically an upside down L shaped district.
That is the whole west earned her the whole eastern range.
Of Colorado and the top half of northern part and your district congressman actually comes down -- metro Denver at a point right.
Correct that's right -- have got everything right so far we should just stop right now but here's the question and I -- to start with you congressman.
Paul Ryan goes out you know we know that Colorado.
Among all states in the union are all swing states is one of the youngest demographically speaking the median age in Colorado is substantially lower than the national average and way younger than states like Ohio.
And Florida for goodness sakes.
So Republicans are trying to to appeal to these younger voters what younger voters in Colorado -- here.
You know two years ago we really sought change in 2008 President Obama then candidate Obama.
Had a tremendous -- get out the vote efforts Colorado state university for years ago then candidate Obama showed up 53000 people were there at Colorado State University.
I just a couple of months ago then President Obama shows up and two months ago thirteen thousand people show up at Colorado State University.
And I think what young voters in Colorado -- as he is promise they wanna see promise for future generations they once he promised for jobs.
They wanna see promise for their families and they've watch those promises be broken over the past four years and they believe somebody like Mitt Romney somebody like Paul Ryan.
Has that has the skill and the ability to actually rebuild the things that they're looking for.
And they also like supporting entity questions about where you.
For you Paul is this younger voters -- a big part of the president's -- the fabric of his support.
In 2008 -- keep in Colorado and you look at the margin you talked a lot about Hispanic voters in Colorado and growing population Arab.
But this is a young state of all the swing states it may be the youngest.
And in terms how voters are breaking this cycle young voters what are they doing.
Here here's what's going on in -- -- issues jobs and unemployment.
And economic opportunity is -- Colorado we have.
History reflect to what's going on nationwide.
-- have unemployment nationwide -- now at eleven point 8% with an additional one point seven million workers were not counted.
For -- -- unemployment rate of sixteen point six just thirty and under.
-- 829 yeah some Colorado it's not that much different and then when you ask people list specific question.
How does the on the economy -- your daily decisions people cut back on groceries are cutting back on traveling especially state like Colorado it's for rural a lot of driving around.
And then -- long term decisions and this is really where the -- is the long term decisions people putting off going back to school.
Two under grad school getting married and having kids -- 31%.
We're putting off starting a family 23% are putting off getting married so if you take a look at the whole range of the demographic not just those who -- of the -- prison has a huge amount of trouble there.
Guess 66% of the vote in 2008 some of those -- -- higher.
In Ohio and what's happening now New York Times had -- at 53%.
Gallup is the largest drop in that age demographic of any incumbent president of the United States and we look specifically Colorado and some of these counties like Bret -- -- -- -- He's dragon there's no doubt about it.
Congressman an interesting thing that happened in Colorado.
In 2008 was this young evangelical voters evangelical voters as a block.
Born again Christians whatever you want to call them orthodox Catholics including.
Had been a strong block for Republicans -- a large part of the population in Colorado especially in rural parts down outside -- district in Colorado Springs and elsewhere.
But younger evangelical voters actually didn't support John McCain would do intensity.
That that demographic had in previous elections are these folks ready to march for Mitt Romney this time around.
Yeah absolutely they are and we're -- that around the state of Colorado if you go back to my congressional district in 2008 John Maginnis is a good Republican district in 2008.
And John McCain barely won by one point.
But you -- people who were ready for something different after eight years of President Bush and so -- They really fell into President Obama as the senate senator Obama's.
A talk at mile high stadium of those signing of the studio it is his talks in Denver what they're going to do eventually went on to sign the stimulus here in Denver.
And so they were really really excited about the possibility of something different.
But when they got into the administration when they got into four years we've seen unemployment rise we've seen one out of every two college students either unemployed college graduates.
Either unemployed or underemployed we've seen a -- increases increasing taxes increasing.
And the rally at red rocks last night I mean that was a young crowd.
And also I think the last two years have done something different.
They the average age of the house Republican is younger than the average age of the house them -- -- you're seeing you and make it all the way through all levels of government.
All very quickly we have to go this is the question is cool or competency what do you think matters more when you get -- to a -- young voters prize cooler confidence.
50% on our -- say that they will vote for the candidate's record an office in positions on issues only 11% single.
See it's not just about whether you Wear mom jeans are not -- Internet -- thank you congressman we certainly thank thank you and we'll see you soon.
Okay Internet on the hunt with Jonathan Hunt is up next you do like that but first.
Have a few PowerPoint shall way.
Plus one is your PowerPoint excel PowerPoint subject for today.
And here's the first PowerPoint is it Ronnie looks to be locking up his must win states those must -- -- in the three southeastern states that are traditional or.
That day -- -- which are traditional Republican states.
That's Virginia North Carolina.
And then Florida is the state Republicans always have to win it all three of those states Mitt Romney seems to be taking it taking -- to the president and pulling into the lead.
Our point number two and this is -- -- we could have this is a -- every -- Ohio.
Hangs in the balance Ohio is the whole election Mitt -- not going to win.
The presidency without Ohio we know that but the polls there are starting to comply and people with the Romney campaign say that their point.
Says that they're optimistic about what's gonna happen in Ohio.
But if Mitt Romney wins Ohio he's still one short.
That's our third hour appointment -- into one of seven states there are seven swing states that are in play that Mitt Romney he can win Ohio.
He can win the southeast and then when Ohio he needs one that's New Hampshire that's Pennsylvania that's Michigan that's Wisconsin.
That's Colorado that's Nevada -- Iowa so he's got.
Those seven states he just needs to -- from one.
And if he does that he can win the election so if he can get to where it needs to be is one of those seven they'll push him over the top.
That's where to watch for the campaign on the campaign trail because the states that they're spending the most time and are going to be the ones that they think that they can.
They can pull off -- blue to red.
Flip so that's power play for today I hope you enjoyed it.
And now as we like to do every day we -- only -- the word.
From our friend Charles and he's run until Romney and that worked because he had all the money and there were no answers to all those ads until the that the first debate.
And he's run out of ideas that's his problem right now --