Romney makes final push before election
Rep. Jason Chaffetz weighs in
- Duration 5:00
- Date Oct 28, 2012
Rep. Jason Chaffetz weighs in
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-- nine days away from the election and the candidates are focusing on a few key battleground states.
Governor Romney is in Ohio today President Obama will be in Florida ten night.
And the race and many of the states is a dead heat early voting is already underway in Florida and several other states.
So what is he going to take this with a few undecided voters who have yet to come -- Joining us if you talk congressman Ron was.
-- congressman thanks so much for your time today.
-- going to be with the -- Right Stephanie Cutter with the Obama campaign says this morning they have momentum that they are racking up but number of key editorial endorsements across the country.
And they feel good about where they are -- respond.
Now I wouldn't trade places with them I think there's an air of desperation over there and -- team Obama.
Elect Mitt Romney's really got that -- Des Moines Register I think.
You see most polls are showing right direction that moving us in the right direction I think the country knows it's off track we can't afford four more years -- Barack Obama.
And now that they've gotten -- no Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and they feel comfortable they're willing to make that change.
She also -- and Democrats have repeatedly said this of the last few days they do believe that they hold the advantage when it comes to early voting which in some cases started weeks ago.
And maybe even before folks have made up their minds over the first debates the second -- the third debate how do you think that's gonna impact this race.
No I think -- clearly a look at the first debate that will be one of the most pivotal moments.
The set aside all the ads and everything just watched the debate you'll see how governor Romney did so much better than present Obama even the Democrats -- liberal people out there admitted that.
That governor Romney well out shined that the president that really helps -- the early voting obviously have the ground game in the key states is is pivotal but.
Again -- Mitt Romney's moving in the right direction they can't afford four more years of -- Barack Obama and the country's gonna make a change.
That's something the president has had to talk a lot about recently on the campaign trail and feel a lot of questions about of course is the deadly attack and been Ghazi.
Four Americans left dead and a lot of -- an answer questions at this point.
And that house has held one and initial hearing on this there -- number investigations under way.
What is your impression so far about what you've learned what you have not been able to learn.
Well what's unfortunate here is the White House has not been transparent they promised transparency they get lip service to it.
But they had not been candid to the American people I mean just yesterday.
Local affiliate in Colorado asked the president candidly.
Did they deny a -- request for help in the president could even answer that basic simple questions so.
A lot more questions unfortunately we have four dead Americans and we got people injured.
And it's just sad we got to make sure that and never ever happens again.
And we can't slow down on this investigation just because there's an election in place I I think we are being slow walked.
But there's a lot more to learn and in the White House has not been transparent.
-- mediator who's the spokesman for the National Security Council said that neither the president nor anyone in the White House denied assistance to the calls for help out of Ben Ghazi.
So is it fair to lay this at the president's feet.
Well the president -- the buck stops that the president the president said as much of course these are decisions that the president has to make.
This is a firefight that started at 940 a night local time in Libya went well past.
4 AM which is where we had some more people killed.
Went well into -- to the morning itself.
Yes he did just begs the question -- were they requested the president demand that we get in there and help save these people.
There were hours unaccounted for us to where our United States ambassador was.
And at the same time the State Department testified that they -- witness this in real time we know there's videotape of it we know that they could witness this in real time they testified to that so.
I still all again a lot more questions and when asked directly yesterday by the Colorado affiliate the president did not answer the question.
As he quickly very quickly about military assets you traveled with that general -- What do we know about -- military assets were available throughout the region and whether or not they were ever prompted to step then.
I can tell you there firsthand account my meeting with general him as very specifically did we have resources in the area of the answer is yes that we -- proximity.
The answer is yes.
And then at asked why we didn't send in some of those assets the general said he was not requested to do so.
Meaning that somebody higher up than him he's a four star general.
Which there -- all a lot of people between him and the president.
Did not request him to take action and that that's that's what's so concerning so.
Did -- quest for percolate up from the from the ground for the people there.
We'll have to see you at that the answer those questions are but was he directed by the president the -- the secretary of defense he said.
No -- you know there are very few people above a four star general who would be making that decision and it narrows the fields of who has the answers.
Congressman -- thank you so much for your time.