Power Play 10-30-2012
How is hurricane Sandy impacting the election? Suddenly swing states and Romney digs in for Ohio fight. Join the live chat...
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- Date Oct 30, 2012
How is hurricane Sandy impacting the election? Suddenly swing states and Romney digs in for Ohio fight. Join the live chat...
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Was what it looked like -- hurt gay city made landfall here on these United States and this.
Is power play and I am -- are well.
And what a terrifying view that was from space thanks to NASA.
Of this giant storm.
As it came ashore and thank god the damage and people has not been as bad.
Is it might have been but certainly very terrible for a lot of folks.
Certainly up in New York metropolitan area and in New Jersey.
And we're watching all of that and you're watching all of those developments.
On Fox News Channel here on foxnews.com.
Across our platforms in every way.
But here's one thing we know.
This storm will have consequences.
For the presidential election that is now just 77.
Short days from now.
So how big how much and what's the deal.
We will look at that today we will talk about that we will talk about sandy.
We will talk about a shifting kind of weird looking electoral map with some things we didn't expect to see -- this late date.
And also we will of course because it is our duty.
The Buckeye State talk about Ohio.
And how of course it is the inescapable truth in every election we will have.
PowerPoint who have Charles -- -- have all this stuff so if you have enough electricity left in your iPad and watching this there let us to be a delight and comfort to you for the next thirty minutes.
And the lighting company -- first or Garland Nixon and run by -- We know that Garland is in fact.
A man of the left he is say a fair minded patriotic man of the left who happens to host a political talk -- calendar yet to have you here in Washington DC.
And it is good to listen -- you to do that.
From nineteen doesn't have a radio show.
Though probably should.
But what Ron has done.
Is that he is principle singer bon pain and warranty company is -- -- -- is a Republican gunslinger for higher.
And he also used to be the top communicated with the speaker of the house.
-- -- senate Republicans pretty big deal.
Gentlemen welcome thank you very much and congratulations on not being swept away by the storm we like that we like you know I mean we care about you personally but we -- -- hurt today so that's important everybody's there's -- -- there's a selfishness and their two certainly I would -- So here's the thing.
So here's the deal.
I wrote today in the power play.
Which you can have simply by following me a Twitter -- goodness -- and that is just right out there these -- you can have it.
This was a pause moment in the race -- only a week out is the last 48 hours of the freak out.
Because what you get into the final sweep when you get into the final 45 days before the election there's nothing to cover there's nothing to talk about except for he's here he's there voting -- -- -- -- -- in the hot zone.
What this did was sort of press pause on this race.
And won't move through the storm itself won't move the race.
But it will give a chance for the electorate to have one last moment of reconsideration before -- again.
Well in my crazier my for a.
I don't know you know invented -- term that comes to mind -- blacks wanted to you know in the -- tailored.
When that trees allow that something completely unpredictable that no one could have I guess -- what would have happened and I personally.
Don't necessarily agree I think this storm will have a significant impact I don't think we know what -- -- eat what impact.
We will have yet.
But people are gonna see things differently I don't I don't -- And I'm not saying one way the other but I don't know how much I trust the polls right now.
Well there's a lot of who brewery in there of the.
Power play do you -- -- power player do you stand with the I think affirmative harp player Chris.
-- but I like you don't -- seriously I think that that it didn't put a -- in the race or you know there's just announce a little while ago that Mitt Romney is going to now go back to campaign rally in Virginia.
Whether or not there can't be -- is pretty political whether or not he's to sandbag disaster relief.
I don't know what they started calling -- a campaign rally something that he previously canceled because there's an hour.
This is there -- Oprah so now you can see.
But the campaign is coming back to life they -- they wanted to look at the impact of the storm it is wise that you can't clearance but now.
It's probably be back on track and what there's not a lot of time left most people worry me the decision however for those sliver of undecideds.
I would imagine they care a lot more about whether another horizontal -- -- flooded and watching the storm coverage then they did about the presidential.
Let's find out how long this pause will last apology Ponce -- Garland.
Because Peter do you see our friend and colleague is it Dewey beach Delaware where he rode out the storm.
Both so Peter here's the question and congratulations on still being there and not having been swept away.
But also this.
How long is the disruption from this storm going to last what's what's we as we looked down the road how many days of disruption are we looking -- from us.
Well -- interstate -- here in Delaware.
Officials the state officials had a lot of the residents that are really good job of being prepared we thought -- department of boards on windows and there are sandbags and when the governor said that everybody had to be out.
By 8 o'clock.
The from the evacuation zones on Sunday night most people didn't necessarily -- the -- but everything was shut down all the hotel with completely shut down everybody except for the -- And the damage is bad pretty minimal here Delaware obviously not a swing state and it.
The worst that we've been able to -- in the republic beach Dewey beach area its bid -- -- a parking lot right now it's completely covered in sand and got about a foot of water probably right in the middle we know that President Obama.
And the vice president we've about reached out -- campaign it won't fade.
-- or weighing in the next week before the election they're going to resume.
They're normal campaign stops although President Obama had -- dispatched former President Clinton.
There is arguably his top surrogate out to an event in Colorado a swing state up for two events today and then.
Mitt Romney -- have an event right now in Ohio bad.
What it's going to be a campaign rally we are told that it felt kind of bad re branded bad day -- -- Kind of rallied -- raise money and to support the folks in states that are affected.
-- bandied but our embed producer Chris live likely gets an out and out.
Bet they are still playing a video.
A biographical video that they played at BR NC convention in Tampa.
So it's not totally sandy driven at the Romney rallied.
I've been all right it's going to be in Wisconsin doing the same kind of thing.
He's a swing state he's gonna be begging people and what's got -- volunteers were sending money.
Back east and back to the mid Atlantic who were affected so.
That things are not involved here yet but certainly in an area like bits and Delaware they're ready for the storm.
And it hit and -- built 40000 people without power and the governor said -- nine -- areas.
That are still flooded out of about.
An hour and a half ago but.
You know but they didn't take the worst of the storm and others already a lot of interest is people are out driving around the driving restrictions -- -- what did.
-- it seemed like they are ready to move on here obviously that not communicate bell and some other states like Virginia.
Where we just found out Mitt Romney is going to be on Thursday so it's it's hard to tell if the campaign Chris is ever going to get back to where it was.
That certainly kind I just read.
Some some of the -- but there are definitely developments going on there.
Peter -- -- -- he'll be surfing later thank you -- have a great day stay -- I hope not banks -- who.
The -- Liz and you hear from Peter there that for both campaigns Garland.
Now is the tentative time that -- was talking about Q were you certain -- up to how quickly can we be back in full.
Force and based on what we know from the initial assessments of the -- third by Thursday.
We would probably expect to see things pretty much back to full blown campaign.
Right yes and I think you know interestingly I think calm me and the president no President Obama in just doing his job as any income and has as the that advantage doing his job in -- sense is campaigning.
One of the issues here of course of a powerful issue is the role of government.
I think when people are very angry at the government the more anti government a candidate has that has the edge when people are concerned and afraid and they want someone to come help them and they're looking at the government I think it it it could change some sentiment -- as you said a lot of people already have their minds made up that one of the big questions is going to be how does this affect people.
Getting to the polls who.
You know from where they are whether in rural areas -- -- in the mountains and snowstorms that this -- this that are well right and this is what people expect the government do right this is not the superhuman effort on this is life.
This is what this is the way it's supposed today.
Well what people pay their taxes either services that -- provided and you know it did that.
While there are some that say that this benefits the president is also carries a little motorists should the government not provide the services that they product that they're supposed to do.
You know however right now you know looks like everything is going going -- going while but I don't think anybody's vote is going to change because.
A service is provided -- them that was expected.
In this big big it was so -- do also got a very blue -- -- it exactly I think this did however help the president locked up Delaware and did you yeah yeah I think those -- thought I've fallen and play the Americans turned around and gotten Bloomberg could possible have been OK Internet here's the deal is over well here's what our place as.
Brace yourself is on Thursday.
You're gonna see the polls.
-- back into reality you've had this pause from the storm we're gonna know a lot more about who's gonna win this election on Thursday and Friday as really reliable polling resumes.
-- in the closing days and watch for a lot of freaking out from one side -- the other when this should win this business really engages.
We're gonna take a quick break but when we come back we're gonna talk about.
We're Bill Clinton is today why is Bill Clinton in Minnesota why is he there and we'll talk about some -- -- permutations.
In the electoral map what could be out there what it portends for who your next president will be Internet we will do all of that when we come back.
So stick around.
And that's what it looked like when president William Jefferson Clinton.
But to you and me was out campaigning in Ohio yesterday.
And this is power play and that's what you expect to see Bill Clinton doing in the closing week of this going to swing states talking to moderate persuade the voters and saying hey look.
You may not be over the moon for Barack Obama but the guys OK and plus Mitt Romney's temperature base of vote -- the Democrat again.
Former presidents not going to be in Ohio is going to be in Minnesota.
Minnesota which is.
The bush Republicans thought for a minute.
For a hot minute that maybe it was going to be there kind of place but sure wasn't and in fact it has been one of the blue as Blue States for quite awhile.
But new poll from the Minneapolis star did in other surveys have indicated that the race is rather tight there.
So what does this mean what does this tell us that Democrats are spending resources in Minnesota at this point.
What's the real shape of the electoral map.
And here's the important question for you -- consider that what's the correlation between national polls and state level polls who do you believe.
I tell you you can't believe you can believe Garland Texas you can believe -- -- because they will tell you the truth as they see it.
They won't be render a fair minded perspective.
Fair minded perspective for you.
So gentlemen let us start.
With the grill of electoral maps the road trip that -- Fox News -- Patented super fabulous proved -- battleground electoral map it here's what you say.
You see the president still leading.
In the race to 270 electoral votes -- 221.
Electoral votes but Mitt Romney nipping at his heels.
And a lot of states a surprising number of states.
In play and there you see the ones that we knew would be and -- New Hampshire.
Virginia Florida Ohio.
Michigan Wisconsin Colorado and Nevada but then you see these days on the bubble for the Democrats.
It's Minnesota and Oregon it.
For the Republicans it's Arizona and North Carolina.
Let's test this let's test my thesis.
But -- continue to test my work and you can feel free to tell me I'm crazy.
By it looks to me like.
There is a lot more swing in the swing states it looks like -- we get closer to the end growing things there's a lot more volatility and that's and we're seeing states like Minnesota that we did not ever even talked about for a second.
Coming into play -- is this just hype or is there some.
-- to this end just traditionally presidential races tighten up the very last -- few days I I think this could be expected but I I think when you look at North Carolina leaning towards Obama in Minnesota starting to get shaky you know it's -- -- what we have is a very unique period of time -- -- -- bomb.
Unemployment numbers are pretty high and have been for a while but that whole show people still -- to blame that on the Bush Administration.
So I think that -- we're at a time where it's kind of hard to judge I still think.
Obama wins this traditionally the people who have knocked out incumbents Ronald Reagan.
Bill Clinton have been very charismatic people going to get people who weren't very charismatic currently Jason Carter wasn't exactly mr.
Saturday night excitement with the Iraqis you have access.
That was now today that was not -- that was now today.
And no thrills of any legs and they argue that they need the charisma factor is huge in the presidential race is this as we stipulate we stipulated time.
How is it possible that the Gallup organization.
Which has been the -- of the blue star of national polling since the Eisenhower days.
There's such a gap between that and what these evenly divided swing states are somebody's got to be right in somebody's gotta be wrong in this -- that.
Toyota says Larry Gallup national Romney leads by 45 points and he reduce exports I can't remember.
But -- going to staples I'm sure it's it's a lot tighter but it is fascinating you see the Romney momentum.
I don't think it stopped I think it's still going and that's why I think you see Minnesota -- community play.
What you know presidential campaign of the final week deploys to.
Most valuable resource and the places that matters of the Bill Clinton is one of the most valuable resource is -- being in Minnesota today is not a waste of his time.
They're trying to protect that now it's -- Part of the firewall and their firewalls expanding how much they need to be hurricane related how much this wave came over.
The Romney -- to -- over the wall.
Is is what we'll find out on election.
-- -- and what about this question that Democrats say don't pay any attention these national polls that -- -- in the league because most -- either show it.
Margins around -- -- gala where you have five or six points that's -- don't pay attention these -- it's all about this Wednesday.
But history tells us.
That the swing states in the -- generally comport pretty closely within a point -- -- of -- national polls say is this you're gonna be different or are the national polls wrong here.
Personally I don't pay much attention to the national polls because the devils -- the Minnesota.
-- you get the last word and here's the question.
Your native Wisconsin make the call I think Wisconsin can go to -- we can go one kid I think it's trending towards running the reason I say that it's gone.
It's voted to voted Republican governor 2010 and a Republican -- -- -- all right senator and re coded event and now.
They have -- -- -- -- and an administrator.
Peace edge did you hear edge you can always go to guy.
I think -- whole lot of time.
I don't really is but the fact that now we're just including -- -- -- like driving Wisconsin the electoral map.
Is is -- amazing and several months ago -- would have thought it be another Minnesota blue wall.
No more gentlemen we thank you very very much -- -- to pick your way through -- littered streets to be with us today and have a good -- -- Okay Internet we've got to take a quick break but when we come back we're going to do something else good for -- we're gonna talk about the state that matters more than any of them.
We're sorry to hold the view of the other 49 but it's always about Ohio.
We could just save money and let them -- every four years who would need two billion dollars you -- just with a couple hundred million.
But we'll talk about that when we come back John Roberts will be with us as well as a congressman.
From a swing district and that's -- -- talk about how things are shaping up you'll enjoy.
So stick around.
And -- I could -- yeah I'm I'm proud -- -- here in Dayton avert a showing up and charged such large numbers to help out this way.
I I remember and and my state of Massachusetts when Katrina hit.
And some of the people who were evacuated from New Orleans were brought to Massachusetts.
We know what we -- the -- at a military base on Cape Cod.
And they thought they were going.
-- Houston by the way.
And -- was -- is in fact.
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney taking a tentative so.
Giving it back into the electoral waters there at Kettering Ohio which is -- suburban area outside of Dayton.
Key to his efforts in the Buckeye State in this is power play.
Welcome back to a special post seen.
Of the dominant Internet political telecast of the 1130 half hour and the governor is holding what he's not calling a campaign rally but is instead calling.
-- relief effort something something but you wouldn't mind if you knew that he was out there in cared about you very much if you were in Ohio.
So what about Ohio we always have to talk about it.
We can talk about a bunch of different paths through different electoral states.
For Mitt Romney without Ohio without Ohio.
But boy gets a lot tougher without those nineteen electoral votes right there and remember as we point out all the time only two people any century.
Have won the presidency without winning Ohio.
And we know that that was Harry Truman in 1948 John F.
Kennedy nineties it.
So we'll talk about that and we will do with our.
With our people who we have asked to remain with us because it's a little weird out there Internet because not all of our connections are working correctly.
But here's a connection that we believe is working correctly congressman's -- diverse.
From the great state of Ohio he's a Republican.
He's run and in his own race but he's doing his best to help Mitt Romney get elected congressman.
Thanks Chris good to do with UK.
All right successive victory all right we'll -- we'll take our we'll take our out winners while we can't.
So so congressman here's let me show you right now the real clear politics average for the state of Ohio.
Is the president with 48 point 6% of the vote Mitt Romney with 46 point seven you guys have said that you like the trend line and you like the direction.
But the polls have continually shown president in the -- we had a Rasmussen Reports poll the very first one to show governor Romney -- -- lead.
But Democrats say that the Romney wave is gonna fall short in Ohio what say you.
Well I think the Rasmussen poll that just came out overnight shows that governor Romney is on the search.
And Ohio newspapers poll came out over the weekend.
That had the race -- now yesterday Rasmussen polls the first one that shows governor Romney ahead.
And obviously you know we've got seven days to go and governor Romney has to continue to work -- are all the way to the end -- I was one of the most swing states in the country and we're going to continue to be a swing state for the next seven days we got our work to do but this weekend.
The Romney campaign with get out the vote calls contacted 376000.
They're working hard to identify the people that matter in fact if you look at the numbers there ahead of even the 2004 effort.
Ballyhooed in is a great effort in 2004 and Ohio.
And that Romney campaign -- ahead and of those efforts as far as contacting voters and I feel very good about.
The chances of governor Romney winning Ohio and obviously.
No Republican has ever won the White House without winning Ohio so we need to redouble our efforts to make sure governor Romney has a shock to.
Win the presidency by winning Ohio and I feel good about his chances is a true.
Back now you're district.
Has today he's one of the real at the centers for this fight.
Out there in two based basically if you if you stretch out -- coming into a lot of suburban precincts are coming into people who have been this yet.
Absolutely beset by this and what our pollsters and what we're finding out in the field.
Is that people are sick and tired of this election in Ohio they've been abuse.
It's been like they are pain of an election what what's happening even in frustration level life.
Well I think there is a certain frustration level in you know I've been contacting voters this weekend I was at a phone bank calling voters and one -- my promises was if you go out and vote early will stop calling you.
-- very well yeah well that's like eight PR thing -- pledge drive.
Yeah exactly the congressman we've got we've got a dash.
But if you -- in grove city Nomar ready but if you don't.
There is congressman's -- divers from the great state of Ohio we thank you for your time.
And guys we were gonna ask you what you thought that the Internet has you don't have enough time for you it's just that but you got free what -- got free water out of the deal Garland is going to have to get is on the way out the guys we thank you very much for making time for us today do and now -- -- -- -- -- -- how about some power points.
And here is today's PowerPoint rundown quadrennial.
And complaining point number one complaining about the Electoral College is nothing new.
Nothing new whoever thinks that they may be disadvantaged by the Electoral College either side is down to complain about -- system in which the people love.
New Hampshire or Vermont are given outsized way based on their population if you live in California you would think that that -- If you're a Democrat and might see the presidency go to the Republican because of the electoral college and complain about that.
And vice Versa.
But and here's.
The second -- point Halloween scares.
Every four years it about this time this is what she sees that you see doomsday.
Nightmare scenarios of how this could happen and you could have Joseph Biden continue to be the vice president and that that deadlock in the house and Mitt Romney president and all of these things that happens.
Very rarely it's not to say that it couldn't happen this time we are not.
Ruling any of that out.
But by and large over the years we've had decisive victories in presidential elections even when they're close.
And we can thank in fact the Electoral College.
Because these are make or break issues we could have a -- this time I'm not saying we can't but don't get Halloween spirit -- this stuff the electorate is moving.
I think we'll probably see something decisive and here's.
The third point.
The framers of the constitution -- politicians to.
And that meant that they knew how rotten politics -- they knew how rotten politicians are by their very nature that people who go out and scramble for votes and try to get our.
Do and here's why they gave you the electoral college and here's why you shouldn't complain about it.
Because if you didn't have the Electoral College every four years would be even more enduring than you experience right now and what people would be doing would be trying to -- -- the votes in populous states like New York California and Texas to try to beat the other guy they wouldn't listen anybody else -- -- be much less of it checked on.
Ridiculous behavior and pandering by politicians that you can thank those guys governor Morris our hat is off to you so just be grateful for the Electoral College this year okay.
So bear is -- there are your power points for today.
Guess what up next you get more excellence.
You're going to get Casey Stegall again he's gonna carry -- through the noon hour you like that.
And I know if you like.
And now as we like to do every -- we want to leave you with the word from our.
The freezing that closing to some extent and you leave five days instead of eight days.
I'm not sure it's decisive but clearly what the polls are telling us that absent this hurricane.
It looked like Romney you know was those slow and steady.
Victorious in the race he was going to be be passing Obama I think he probably still does.