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to start still another war. no way that's going to happen. we will bring you up to date on that. all of the latest with romney's apology tour and everything else going on this morning. first we get the latest, today's current news update from lisa ferguson out in los angeles. good monday morning, lisa. >> good morning, bill. good morning, everyone. mitt romney is fundraising at the king david hotel at israel this morning and his campaign is making sure to keep this one under wraps. the team decided saturday to shut off the event to news media. it's the first time they have closed a public fundraiser without any explanation. romney aides are keeping a close watch on him, especially in jerusalem since he was to steer away from president obama. he took a hard stance on iran and said preventing the country from attaining nuclear weapons shoulding america's highest
prior to priority. dick cheney has advice for romney on a running mate. he basically said, he will pick another sarah palin. >> i met her. i know her. she is an attractive candidate, but based on her background she was only governor for a few years. i don't think she passed that had test for being ready to take over. i think that was a mistake. >> cheney, himself, served as vice president for eight years. he has helped gerald ford and given some private advice to romney and his head of the vp search. cheney's daughter liz said sarah palin is more qualified than obama and biden combined. back with more bill press after the break. as always, we are live in chat,
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[ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> broadcasting across the nation, on your radio, and on current tv. this is the bill press show. >> ninety-nine days to go before we decide whether we go forward with barack obama or backward with mitt romney. hey, getting close. hello, everybody. what do you say? happy monday monday july 30th. so good to see you today. hope you had a good relaxing fun weekend wherever you happen to be. you know here in washington, d.c., out in palm springs, california or wherever
you happened to be this great weekend, i hope you had a good weekend and are ready to bounce back to tackle all of the issues of the day. >> that's what we do every day here on the full-court press on current tv on your local progressive talk radio station and on sirius xm all the way across this great country of ours. good to see you and have you with us today. i know there is a lot you are going to want to talk about, including the olympics you have been watching all weekend at 866-55-press, our toll-free number. you can join the conversation at any time and sound off on the issues of the day. we brought the whole team in this morning. peter ogburn and dan henning. >> hello there. >> and videographer cyprian bowlding. you can't talk. has to wave. we get that. you guys have a good weekend? >> very good. >> went to see -- i have heard a
lot of good things about, the best exotic marigold hotel. >> i heard it was terrible. with a name like that, it's a bad translation. >> yeah. >> it was not what i -- it was okay. but it was not, you know, not as good as the wood y allen movie i saw. >> it doesn't look like it. >> not as good as moonlight kingdom and not as good as the dark knight rises. >> you are all over it. >> yeah. >> judy denz was phenomenal. >> she can't carry the mover on her own is what you are sayingie on her own is what you are saying. >> not with a script like that. highlights of the weekend? >> i changed a diaper for the first time in 10 years. >> oh. >> congratulations dan. >> first time in 10 years? >> last time i did was in high school for like one of my cousins. this time, we celebrated my nephew's first birthday, and it
was that time. >> all that you had hoped for and more. >> asked would you like to do it? and i said, sure. i took him upstairs and laid him out on the table. >> there you go. good practice. >> yeah. good. >> i could change diapers at one hand at this point. i am good at it. everybody has done a diaper. >> it took me a few minutes to do. >> ronald reagan president reagan used to have a great line ballpark it was -- he had a diaper routine that had to do with baseball diamonds, you know first base and then third base. >> yeah. >> it was great. i should look that up. i remember hearing him tell that story once, that joke once. >> it was not a cloth diaper. >> those are too easy, the snap-on diapers. >> yeah. all right.
hey, we havegot so much. by the way, they are finally admitting it. it took them four years. they are finally, admitting it, that sarah palin was a colossal dumb-assmist. i love it. it took dick cheney who is nothing right now. he is sake whatever the hell he wants darth vader. >> talking with jonathan carl, and he said, let's just stop kidding ourselves. >> she is an attractive candidate, but based on on her background she had only been a governor for two years. i don't think she passed that test of being ready to take over. and i think that was a mistake. >> i think that was a mistake, he said. yeah. it was, and it took years to tell them. it might have turned out differently without her. >> dave zirin will join us talking olympics with us.
craig crawford democratic strategist and blogger. i see him often on current tv. he will be here as a friend of bill a little later. and larry sabato down at the university of virginia will be along as well. but first: >> this is the full court press. >> well, bill, dancing with the stars announced the competitors for its upcoming 15th season the first time a top-rated, all-star season. >> you are oozing that term a little loosely. they include boast past champions and runners up. the pamela anderson christi allen and our favorite bristol palin. >> bristol palin. >> wendell tucker. >> tucker. where is tucker? here is the deal. okay. look. we dodged the bullet by not getting sarah palin in the white
house. you know who won that election? bristol palin. now we are stuck with this air head. >> got a t.v. show now. >> a t.v. show. you know, she's got -- i don't know. all of this publicity on the cover of these teen magazines. she has a book out. right? she has become the go-to person for advice on how not to get knocked up in the back seat of a car. it's just ridiculous. such an air head. and what, on a t.v. show her little boy says the "f"word. >> yeah. not the "f"word. >> we know what that is. and then obviously learned it from her. right? she is not anti-gay. >> i like gays. i am not a homo phonetic. just for i am for traditional marriage doesn't really mean i am scared or anything of finality and i don't hate anybody. you know, people are going to make up stuff about me know matter what.
whatever. i am going to go dancing. i am going to have fun. >> god. >> i am just gol to have fun on this show. it's not about politics. it's not about traditional marriage. it's about dancing and going to be fun. and that's all i have to say about it. >> oh. >> it's amazing. are you sure she is not a valley girl? >> the dark knight rises remains the top attraction for the second straight week but pulled in over $64 million, a 60% drop from the opening weekend. that puts it behind it's predecessor, "the dark knight more than the current 10-day gross. industry analysts say the opening of the london olympics likely hurt box offices for. >> 11 total, three gold, 5
silver, 3 bronze, second only to china. they only had one more medal. two in swimming, one in skeet shooting. also medal did for diving and archery. >> skeet shooting is phenomenal. he is in, i think five olympics in a row where she has won a medal. something like that. >> you can't see the shots. boom. done. she got 99 out of 100. >> that's awesome. >> 99 out of 100. she said she wants to improve her score next time. not bad. >>a won a silver for the first time in a while. >> it was beautiful. we will be talking about olympics at the top of the hour. hang around, dan, peter.
i have to tell you it's a simple question: what do you think of the games so far? 866-55-press. and what do you think of the coverage so far? >> gotten a little more intensive. you know 866-55-7377. i guess this is a cycle for me. every two years, the olympics start and the hype starts and the media, you know, talking about it. and i just get so turned off. and then the corporate sponsors at&t, p & g, mcdonald's coca-cola. and i just think, so commercialized and so corporate. and then, you know all of the crap about ralph lauren and his uniforms being made in china, which was outrageous. so for different reasons, i get turned off by the olympics every two years and then the games start and then i got to tune in, and then i get hooked.
i get sucked in. the same thing this time. i thought the opening ceremonies were fabulous. i really -- it was so quirky and so i don't know british, you know. >> again, as i mentioned, they had, monty python, harry potter. you realize how much british culture that we have really, you know, kind of assumed. >> well thought out. >> and the queen. >> the queen. >> out of a helicopter. >> that was amazing and that was so perfectly british because it had the james bond. it had the queen, the korgies she is known to have. it was perfect. >> they sell belated national health care, the kids hopping around with the beds and the nurses dancing. it was great. the michelle obama was there. she had a good time. she told us what her dream had
been when she was a little girl. >> a complete fantasy, i would be a gymnast but come on 5' 11". i tried. i was younger. but i loved gymnastics. i was in awe of what those women could do. >> yeah. she has had a good time meeting with team u.s.a. over chateauing mitt romney a little bit. she hasn't made any gaffes. romney saw gaffes in london. then the coverage of the games i don't know, the first one i watched was beach volleyball. what's not to like about women in bism kinis. >> by the way, it was 55 degrees out when they were playing beach volleyball in bikinis in the sand. classic england. >> the americans lost to the brits but it was just fun watching them. dana bolmer last night with butterfly setting not just getting the gold. a new world record.
>> a world record. a world's record olympic gold medal. trying to make it a world record. yes. first woman ever under 56 seconds. is that will complete your olympic dream. >> lost her swim cap. >> she did. it was in the bottom of the pool pool. >> yeah. the big event, was it saturday or sunday? >> this was saturday. >> michael phelps. >> yeah. first showdown. it was set up as nobody else existed. gosh. he didn't even win a medal at
all. the difference was lockte has been flag for four years. yeah? michael phelps smoked a little pot, out to the donut shop taking some time off. and it showed. i mean one of the analysts said this isn't that 40 ohm meter im individual medly. how do they remember which stroke? >> i had the same thought. >> if one of them started, you know. >> when you are an athlete, that's a minordale detail you remember. >> i think they had a tell prompter. >> the kick, at any rate here is what it sounds like when ryan lockte. >> it paid off for him.
these swimming games belong to ryan lockte. >> team u.s.a. >> yeah lebron james. >> right. mentioned the skeet. what other victories were there? i don't know. it was all the way afternoon, i thought it was great. the coverage, some people are whiling they didn't show the phelps/lockte thing live. i only watched the replace p it was presented beautifully and fun and exciting to watch. >> i think it's good. i like how they jump around a lot: they played it. it would be nice to watch the
michael phelps race regional one life on saturday afternoon. instead of having to wait in the world of today's social media, look at twitter facebook, information gets out so quickly. >> but peter pointed out, in fact, that is possible. >> it is so -- i am so tired of hearing fribe complain for the sake of complaining. look. if you want to watch michael phelps race live, there is an app for that. >> but not everyone has an ipad or iphone. >> watch it online. on a computer, everybody has an internet connection these days. if you don't have an internet connection, i don't know what to tell you but shethey show it live online, on your iphone on your ipad. >> you were mentioning this morning. >> this morning michael phelps raced at 5:00 a.m. eastern time. i got an alert that he is racing at 5:00 a.m. watch it live. all you have to do is slide the thinganding it takes you there and you can watch it live if
that's what you want to do. >> six different television channels covering between msmnbc, sports bravo and network. >> who will watch at 5:00 a.m. and everybody going to bitch that they didn't show it later because everybody missed it. >> i have another thing. i have another point to make about this which is they are getting record ratings and they want people to watch it when they do their whole package. they cannot keep breaking up into a schedule of programming all day long. we are going to go to london for three minutes and we will be back. and then 5 minutes and we will be back. the people watching off and on during the day, those people are not going to be watching at
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>> well,jeff is in jamesville, north carolina. jeff, what do you think? >> well, the americans need to know that china is ahead of us by one goal. >> we are just getting started. became, we need to watch what the china easy have been doing for yearsese have been doing for years years. >> they took our production. we can't let them take our sports, too. >> jeff, what can i say? i think we should root for team u.s.a. but that doesn't necessarily mean we have to see it as action like, world war 3. okay? >> the culture war, bill. >> no. it's a good athletic contest, and let's face it. there are some great athletes in our countries. even in china. >> this is the bill press show.
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your comments welcome at 866-55-press. we will continue to take your calls on commence on facebook and twitter about the olympics. we take time out for another important event. 99 days to go. mitt mitt romney has decided he can't compete. on the world tour to show he is prepared to take the world stage as the leader of the free world, first in longdon, now in jerusalem. today to poland. how is he doing so far?don, now in jerusalem. today to poland. how is he doing so far? >> often, in the studio, joining us, juana. >> thank you for having me. >> good to talk to you again. the purpose is to show again he is prepared to be a world leader on the world stage. mitt romney, how city doing so far? >> now in jerusalem, it appears
to be a rockier start than in london. comments by some criticizing the british handling of the olympics. there has been a mixed bag. i think that was the concern of some folks when they saw the governor heading out for a foreign trip with such -- so many high-mo file stops back to back, would there be these little gaffes and moments that the press now nationally would be picking up on to criticize him? >> he certainly left london and left the british with a bad taste in their mouth about romney. obama is popular there in the u.k. saying the brits weren't ready to hold the games, you know, it was not well received, shall we say. neither by david cameron nor by boris johnson or the british people. >> that's absolutely right. we have been looking over some of the coverage by the british press press. despite that governor romney did
walk it back and say the british people are absolutely prepared for the olympics. they were drawing comparisons to sarah palin in slamming him over this in the british press and some of the tabloids. i think it would be and under understatement to say they were not excited to show case the preparation of their city to handle such a mass event like this. >> i think they have done a magnificent job so far and the city of london has never looked better. by the way one thing about olympics, before we get back. move move on to jerusalem. i thought the purpose of this trip was to be there to support his wife and her dressage event. her event doesn't take placeto until thursday. he is not going to be there at all. right? >> that's absolutely correct. the romney camp told us before and the governor said at some point that, here while he is proud of his wife he wasn't
going to be there. he had a campaign to be there. sounds like he never planned to be there. i think if he did, there would be no shortage of jokes and gaffes over the dressage. >> the dancing horse and mitt romney, he moved on to jerusalem. he vowed that he would not criticize president obama in the fortunately policy while he was on foreign soil. his speech yesterday did seem, however, to differ from president obama on his enthusiastic support for israeli strike against iran. >> that's absolutely correct. i think romney's comments -- specifically avoiding specifically condemning president obama. but it sounds like it was well received by many people including prime minister
benjamin netanyahu. his government has not had the best relationship with the governor. it seems like he had a warm reception. >> he and romney have been friends for a long time. what exactly do you -- have you been able to figure out? what exactly has obama done about israel that republicans feel means obama is not supportive of israel. i keep hearing this all the time. obama is not a friend of israel. ♪net has never said that. shim simon perez has never said that. in what way has obama abandoned israel? >> my best understand from looking at this, covering all of the buzz around romney's highly anticipated trip is that it is what obama hasn't done. they don't believe. many republicans do not believe he has been an outright ally to
israel. i don't think there is one policy. >> again, they have to show evidence of that. seriously. i am not trying to pick a fight with you. i am just asking. one reporter to another: what the hell are they talking about? right? i mean i can't find anything out. when i look at obama's policies toward israel, it's the impact is same as george w. bush that two state solution and they have got to stop building the settlement. bush said that day-in and day-out. as you know, bush never went to israel in his first term. right? so i just think i guess maybe we have an obligation as reporters to try to find out what the truth is you know. >> right. no. i hear you. this speech, itself is interesting and it comes a couple of days after obama signed legislation that increases military aid to israel but looking at romney's remarks, he made the point that as
american shouldn't just be military intelligence and those who seek to undermine israel maybe out over the base but i have not really heard recently an implicit specific case made as to what those criticisms are. i am not a foreign policy expert by any extent. >> one other thing when romney is in jerusalem, he gives an interview to david muir of abc and david muir said you travel overseas but you still got these political problems back at home. there is a lot of flap about your tax returns and romney repeated he was only going to release the one year and the second year when they are ready and david muir asked him, well, the big question in one year you admitted you paid 13.9% only in taxes. so let's get it out right now.
and romney says i don't remember or i don't know or something to that effect. can he get away with that? >> i think that he will certainly be subject to lots more questions about his tax returns not only when he returns from the foreign trip but for the remainder of campaign. this does not seem to be a theme of the obama campaign and one that republicans want to let up on. the way it was phrased in that abc interview saying i am not sure how much i paid will be picked up by attack ads saying most americans are pretty sure they know what came out of their wallets on tax day and what they had to pay. it was not a statement most americans can relate to. if you are mitt romney you have to be very careful how you do this. i mean obviously, he says he wants to stand firm and not release anything else but it's how you do it and how you say it. >> now, what's up in poland
office what's next? he goes there today. what's the purpose of that final phase of his trip? >> i mean obviously, more of the same. i would expect that the romney campaign would do some sweeping speeches to wrap up before he heads back to domestic campaign events events. they are hoping to cement his statement to show he is not only able to campaign on the world stage and be a player there. on a domestic stage but be a player on the world stage. they have not released a whole lot of details about that trip yet, however. >> so we will have to wait and see what happens. juana summers, good to have you back. thank you so much? >> thank you. >> see you in studio fairly soon juana summers covers politico.com. mitt romney is traveling around
the world. most americans are paying attention to the olympics. >> that's what i did. yes follow politics at all this weekend. i watched the olympics, like bill out in seattle. what do you think so far? i have two points. one first about the olympics. >> yeah. >> watched the girls jimnists but there is only two playersgymnist, but there is only two players. the top 24 i think it's really really unfair that even if you are like the 4th best gymnast, there are two people ahead of you on your team you are out. so i think they should change the rules. >> bit us in the butt last night. >> weaver who didn't qualify. right? she won't be on the finals at
all. yeah. >> good point. i wish they would address that to the olympics committee as well. >> they were going crazy about it on the news later on. >> yeah. >> and also i got two great reasons not to vote for romney. >> only two? >> yeah, well, i guess two big ones. in thefection tower years, probably the next president is going to have to put two people in the supreme court. >> yeah. the supreme court is always the number 1 reason as far as i am concerned. >> but i think the first and foremost is that if romney is in office, you don't even give it a year. we are going to be in iran and we are going to piss off russia. >> yeah. yeah. bill action i think you are right.
you know, mccain joked about bomb, bomb, bomb iran. mitt romney just about said it yesterday in jerusalem. they haven't taken the military option off the table. it comes at the end of the road for them. i think romney puts it right up front. >> that's worrisome. 866-55-press on full-court press, monday morning. good to have you with us. >> this is the bill press show. >> and you think it doesn't affect you? think again. >> this court has proven to be the knowing, delighted accomplice in the billionaires' purchase of our nation. >> and you think it doesn't affect you? think again.
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and kostis the guy names it. >> i was surprised when they picked costus. talking during the performance was rude. they should have shut up and let us watch it. you know i don't know. it was so much going on in that stadium at different times. i kind of appreciated their narration as to obviously they had a script, as to what that next part of the show was all about. >> uh-huh. >> i agree. i think they stepped on themselves a few times, but i am happy that it was there. >> when the rings came up, you know, the idea that they forged the rings. >> you have to lead people to watch sometimes. >> i needed to know more about what was going on. >> jean in jackson, michigan, what do you think, jean? >> i think they polit sized the olympics games too much just for the sake of a gold medal.
the college amateur kids deprived of their chance at the olympics. i think the events in the olympics since i have been around is the u.s. is rag-tag hockey team won the gold medal. >> we will never forget that term. they were the greatest. so you won't be surprised to hear me say that the thing that i find the big downer about the olympics is watching the gold medalist get up on the podium and then having to listen to the damn star spangled banner. i just wish we had a better anthem to play when they get their gold medal. >> maybe they will come around. >> that whole time trying to remember the words. embarrassing. randy, nashville, tennessee, renaults, what do you say? good morning. >> bill, first time caller to any talk show.
>> my god. mine is more of a comment. i am going to tell you my comment. and i will let y'all comment on it. i just talked to my mother earlier. she lives about 100 miles from me i was asking her if she was watching the olympics. she said, no because it's just what they are talking about, the comments commentating and interest is so different now. i am 47 years old to put you in perspective. during the bruce generaler days we salaried up to the t.v. and watched gymnastics and buddy that was the most amazing stuff that you could watch. now, american.com, american
idol, america this, that. by the time you get to the olympics, it's like, hey, so what? it's so commercialized, it seems like it takes away. we have so much on our place with a cell phone and twitter. it runs over to the politics too. i love hearing from you randy. you call and keep going. i still love the olympics. >> this is the bill press show. [ music ]
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the gold medal. team u.s.a. amy basketball trounces france. the only bummer is having to see our winners still have to stand up there and listen to the star spangled banner. i wish we had a better national anthem for them. we will get into that and more when we take time out first to get today's latest, the current news update from lisa ferguson out in los angeles. hi, lisa. good morning. >> hi bill. good morning everyone. mitt romney is steering clear of criticizing president obama while he is abroad saying the attacks stop when he is on foreign soil. but that hasn't exactly stopped his campaign team back here in the states. capitalizing on the president's you didn't build that remark, the team has seen a string of ads featuring small business owners. the latest comes from an electric company in ohio. >> he was trying to say, hey, you didn't build that business on your own. the government helped you build it. >> that's what tickets me off
more than anything. >> the president has been quick to point out romney's distorted his words and taken them completely out of context. what he meant was american resources like roads technology and education all help business owners. new details out from the democratic national convention where bill clinton will have a major roll this year. president obama personally asked him to speak hoping to take advantage of his popularity and to remind voters of the last time the economy was driving, a democrat was in the white house. he is speaking september 5th, night before president obama formally accepts the nomination. on the republican side george bush has endorsed romney but he is not involved in the campaign and says he does not plan to attend the rnc. with less than 100 days left before the election candidates will work to win over independent voters. the president is campaigning at the hotel in new york city, over the weekend, the obama campaign hosted thousands of small events, including barbecues for
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twitter or facebook. >> really? >> oh. i am not a big facebook guy but i had friends i used to know in high school, in south carolina who are just -- they love chick-fil-a, i can't believe that everybody is, you know activists are boy costing chick-fil-a. it drives me crazy. >> well, i got a text from my sister a couple of days ago saying she was in line at chick-fil-a. i gave her hell. i said whatever you do don't tell anybody you are my sister. all right? keep that secret. she did tell me afterwards she felt guilty about going. >> yeah. >> then she sees this sign closed on sundays. hum. nique he will bloomberg correctly stating, you know, i
have said because if you believe in equality and certainly believe in gay rights you will never go to a chick-fil-a. but that doesn't mean that cities have to because they don't believe in the political views of the management. michael bloomberg. >> that's just not government's job and no matter how much you dislike somebody else's views, think about what would happen in the cities where the views are on the other side. >> yeah. i didn't tell you which one of my sisters, by the way, went. >> okay. >> i just wasn't there. i am guarding her identity here michael bloomberg said that on wabc radio. >> sabato is going to be joining us a little bit later. dave zirin sports editor as well
craig crawford has his blog trailmix, a friend of bill. mitt romney continuing his sort of lack luster tour, but first: >> this is the full court press. >> on this monday, other headlines making news, lots of confusion at the olympics as to why there were so many empty seats at the first event. >> yeah. >> thousands of people claim they couldn't buy it because they were sold back. scores of empty seats were visible. until they figure out why ticket holders aren't showing up and organizers are filling those. british soldiers teachers, yeah. really good events. right? people, you see them in the rain, it rains every day. out there in the rain. outside the event. look like charlie sheen has cleaned up his act and back on a
successful track. anger management aired on fx underway in the initial 10 episode. the ap is reporting it will likely get a 90. if the it does sheen's father martin shean will become a regular cast member on the show. >> well, again, i would not place my money on that. if you think every pop song sounds the same, you are right, a new journal tested a half a million songs from the last 60 years and found today's music has less melodic variety than in the '60s, '70s took more risk in pitch transitions. >> i knew it. >> they sound the same. right? >> they do. >> people say you are just getting older. the music is the same.
carly rae jepsen is not the beatles. >> dan, thank you. >> yeah. >> mitt romney he wants to show that he is ready to be the leader in the free world. you have to have some foreign policy cred. he goes off on a trip to say i am going to strut my stuff on the world stage and he falls flat on his face. so far, we talked last week a lot about mitt romney's fumbles and stumbles in london. first thing, he tells brian williams, well, yeah, this could be a disaster. paraphrasing but he says it's pretty disconcert the word he used. we are not sure how it's going to turn out. and he said, we are not even sure the brits are ready deafing
david cameron to say, you put on the 0olympics in the middle of nowhere. one of the greatest putdowns. rather than a metroplist like london. >> the olympics do this. they make every venue looks like the cat's meow the greatest but london looked phenomenal with this coverage. >> beautiful. >> absolutely spectacular. >> the road that goes in front of buckingham palace some of the country side the back end of the city. >> the beach volleyball is in the queen's guard courtyard. >> just incredible. the views and buildings and history. this is spectacular. get for david cameron at any rate, it led to mitt romney
telling david -- talking to david muir on abc, exclusive interview asking about his comments and he said why would you say something like that? >> i was referring to press reports before i even got to london, that the organizing committee was having some challenges, and just like the challenges we had in salt lake city but they overcame them. >> yeah. he says that now. still, wrong thing to do to land in london and immediately the first words out of his mouth say, oh, this looks like it's going to be a total disaster. robert gieb, now 7ionor counselor to the obama campaign yesterday on one of the sunday shows said no. this doesn't -- this is not what we need from a leader.
>> top. >> to stand in the country of our strongest ally and question whether or not they are ready makes you wonder whether he is ready to be commander in chief. >> is he ready? doesn't appear to be. is he ready? then netanyahu and he we want out of his way, first of all, to first actually in an interview with david muir that same interview with david muir, david muir said you are over here but we can't escape. we will get to the foreign policy in just a second. he said you can't escape what's going on back at home. there are lots of questions about your tax returns and now even the union leader manchester new hampshire calls you to release them. are you going to release more? romney said, no, i release one of year and i will release the second year when it's ready. david muir says, the big
question is saying you may be paying no taxes at all or we know that you paid 13.9% in taxes in that one year you filed. so were there years when you played less than 13.9%? you would think anybody as wealthy as mitt romney ought to be able to answer that question. you are wrong. >> we know there was one year when you paid a 13.9% tax rate. can we clear this up by asking a simple yes-or-no question? was there ever any year when you paid lower than the 13.9%? >> i haven't calculated that. i am happy to go back and look. up paid all of the taxes required by law. i don't pay any more. frankly if i had paid more than are legally due, i don't think i would be qualified to become
president. romny be willing or unable to answer that question the take it from me. he knows damn well what he paid in tax. he knows damn well if he paid 13.9%, less than 13.9% and that's why he won't release his tax returns. tejz he did. there were years when he paid zero, zero in taxes, probably got a refund, not saying he is a tax sheet. he knows the loopholes and he knows the loopholes and takes add vantsage of every one of them. >> on what planet does he think wibelieve on when he says i don't know. come on. >> yeah. the other way mitt romney steps on his you know what again in jerusalem when he had a big fundraiser earlier today at the king david hotel where the wealthy jewish republicans why the united states influence over there, including sheldon
adelson, newt gingrich's friend from the venetian hotel in las vegas said he will put up $100 million to try to get romney elected. i was there. the first thing romney did from all of the reporters following him, including our buddy sam youngman now with right issues they -- now with reuters. they raised holy hell this morning. romney relented and let them in. then on the foreign policy he made a speech earlier today where he said insofar as israel striking iran, hey go for it. >> it is my firm con convention that the security of israel is in the vital national security interest of the united states. >> he said he would fully support and romney backed upset he would fully support any action israel felt it had to
take to protect itself against iran, which i think is a pretty serious comment and something that we ought to really pay attention to because no doubt about it. what mitt romney is saying, you know, president obama, the difference is, president obama has said we will not letvan develop a nuclear weapon. we won't let them get there. we will do everything we can to let them get there and not to let them get there, including he is not taking the military option off of the table but that comes at the end of sanctions and diplomatic efforts and getting russia and others to put the screws on iran. the president had united the world community on the sanctions against iran except for russia. the military option is on the table. at the end of the road. what romney is saying is we are not going to let iran develop a nukelar weapon, but the military option is right at the front
right up front. that's where we start. like john mccain, bomb bomb, bomb, bomb iran. president obama has got us out of the war in iraq and out of the war in afghanistan. mitt romney is saying, elect me. i will start, yes, another war against iran. when he is president within 6 months we would have troops in iran. 866-55-press. god knows what trouble mitt romney is going to get in when we gets to poland. 866-55-7377. let's talk about it coming up next. >> radio meets television, the bill press show. now, on current tv.
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have troops all over the world, he needs to get off of the world stage. anybody votes for him is an idiot. >> you know, the idea the saber rattling for iran is something we ought to take seriously. i think the american people have to think we haven't begun to pay for the war in iraq and the war in afghanistan. this is one of the first things these republicans think of the first thing they think of is military action. george bush, dick cheney right down the line, the first thing they think is drop the bombs. they don't think of the sequences, the costs and lives and dollars to the american people. they don't think of the consequences to our relationship around the world. no. no. let's just drop the bombs on another middle eastern country. ron is in elgin, illinois. hey, ron. what do you say? >> good morning. first, it's hilarious the way he treated the olympics in london.
it's almost as funny as watching the republican debates take place. the second comment is more serious regarding israel our most important ally quote/unquote in the world. he has given them a green light to do whatever they want, start another war. >> yeah. i mean he is saying you go ahead. anything you want and we will back you up. you know what? we would -- you know the thing with iran, the point you are making, we not only should say that to israel. we should not say that to any other ally of ours and we would not say that to any other ally of ours. we would not say to germany or france or to u.k. or to spain or you name it, south africa. start a war. we will back you up. uh-uh. wouldn't do it. this is the bill press show
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time for people worldwide and us americans behind team u.s.a. here to join us in conversation about the olympics both games and the coverage dave zirin, is the sports editor defendant news magazine, back again. >> good to see you. >> thank you. >> these with supposed to be the dog days of summer. instead we have penn state. we have the olympics. >> i know? >> i can't remember a busier time for the intersection of sports and politics. >> i am proud to have my chibini, one of the sponsors. i couldn't believe little yogurt company up there with coca-cola and mcdonald's. >> if you were bringing a different kind of brand to an olympic facility, you might get a costed by the brand police.
>> earlier, he was inspired to try a pommel horse. >> where do we stand? >> dressage horse. >> a word so many of us didn't even know about few months ago. >> thursday ann romney there. >> mitt romney is not going to be there. >> unbelievable. strapping him to the roof of the plane. >> across the atlantic. >> painful. >> what did you think? opening ceremonies? >> it was so bizarre. take a step back. it's worth saying -- -- >> it was fun. >> it was worth saying that the right-wing, the torries, the
hard right-wing of the tory party are incensed about the opening ceremonies right now. >> because? >> because there was the tribute to the national health care bit. >> which i loved. >> they want to cut to the bone. >> who else would celebrate national health care? right? >> it's very interesting. like they hated the fact as well. this is on twitter. the daily mail they hated that. they thought as a quote/unquote celebration of multi-culturalism because of the multi-racialism. they work very seamlessly between hating the tribute to the national health care and hating the fact there were people of color featured so prominently in the middle of it. that is very much the talk in london right now. now, that being said, khi like i didn't like it, somebody who believes in national health care. they thought they are talking about nhs.
that's fantastic, as somebody who believes in celebrating the fact we are a difference people. >> that's great. not all white london celebration as if it's a reenactment of the prince's recent wedding but the think about it that was galling to me, why i call it decline of genotier, they are celebrating the concept of london as this bustling place celebrating the history of protest. >> yeah. >> they are calling it the garo marchers when 36 marched 300 miles. i had no idea, you know. that was news to me. but the thing about it is they are all doing it in the context of these games that basically occupied the east end of london and is going to pile hundreds of millions of dollars of debt which will harm the national health serviced over the course of the next several years. so there was something about that that reminded me of the famous people by sherman elexy by the federal government the
native american post this ryyry people where they don't know what to do with the land. they charge a native american museum. a little bit of that. as much as, you know i love mary pop pins and valdemar t. >> i was celebrating the bib culture with sort of reminding the world, you know, we put a lot of good people out there, you know. monty python james bond mary pop pins. >> harry potter. >> the sex pistols. giving credit for putting the sex pistols. for god sake the queen, that was cheese. >> and with the queen jumping out. >> that wasn't really the queen >>. >> what? >> i'm so sorry. >> she had a hand background. all right. now. >> i hated to be pretending that it was. and if i could -- if we are
talking about the opening ceremonies one more second. >> sure. >> one more second. i have to say that meredith vera and other people repeated it and said one of the amazing things about these olympics they we want into the east end of london. i wrote it down in quotes. it took a waste land and turned it into 500 acres of a national park. and i was just there in may. it's not true. it's 500 acres now of this bu colic national park and it's not true that the olympics paid for it because the public spending on the games has just spiraled, crazeily. it hasn't been the olympics that has done it. >> they said that about dodger park in los angeles, too. >> yeah. >> they always say that. don't they? when they tear down homes and build it. >> talk about it going to get
misty here. >> let's get into some of the events. the big, much bally-hooed july between michael phelps and ryan lochte saturday afternoon. here is how it ended up. >> the player, all of that training lochte is going to win olympic gold. so far these games go on to ryan lochte. he won it. michael phelps didn't even get a medal at all. did you -- were you sad to see michael phelps get tromped? >> michael phelps is a working class kid from nearby here, baltimore, maryland. my broeshl and my sister's brother was in swim club with him growing up. yeah, phelps has a working class. her son is the greatest olympian arguably in the history of the olympics. so to see him at 26 already be described as over-the-hill, already being attacked by his
teammates as not being in shape for the race it is a little bit disturbing. >> was he taking it for granted, not working hard enough? >> i don't know that. he said he is going to take it as motivation the fact people are vaying that about him. he certainly looks to bea in unbelievable shape although i thank to the naked eye, he is at that class athlete at this point. ryan lochte looks like he is on a mission. he looks so focused that just belies the rest of the competition. i fully expected lochte to win that race. did i expect phelps to come in 8th out of 8 qualifiers? no. we will see what happens. there is still time for michael phelps to put his stamp on these games. >> overall, join the conversation any time. this is what america is talking about, what america is watching the olympics 866-55-press.
everybody i talked to this weekend, they didn't want to talk politics. they wouldn't to talk about the olympics olympics. they are great. most of the conversation was about the coverage. >> yeah. >> the number 1 thing being here in 2012, the race of all races on the first saturday of the olympics, phelps lochte and nbc chooses to not show it live. a stunning decision. i thought jim mckay was going to do coverage it was so old-fashioned. >> i forgot good himabout him. who would have watched it at night if they showed it live? >> i think peel would. i really do. i think you have to be willing to satisfied both consumers. i want to include peter ogburn
who says the other americans are ain't watch. >> they've these appears and online and there have been complaints about the stream quality online. but i tested it on my phone. if you want to watch it live, you can watch it live. you can watch anything you want to live just about. >> not everybody has an iphone obviously. >> don't you want to watch it with your family sitting on the sofa? >> espn put out a tweaky statement that they would have shown it live and canada did it. canadians trying to give us the needle with their health care
and their live with the coverage. do you think they talk too much? >> absolutely. i think it's overly skullmentculpted. >> i am not the biggest costas fan, i will never work in this town again. do i really want to hear in the opening ceremonies bob costas give his off the cuff remarks about the state of the e job description revolution? no. athletes don't talk about the iranian athletes occupying the british embassy.
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dave zirin, supports editor. follow him at the nation.com or twiliteer @edge of sports. you are out there on the edge? >> i think i am in the mainstream. a lot of folks, you know, if you want your olimpics experience enhanced, follow david. this is good commentary. >> thank you very much. i appreciate it. >> say hello to brenda in single single. what do you say. >> the comment i heard about nbc not televising it live is it's all about the money. >> they only paid millions. i am not saying that's not a lot of money. canada only paid millions. they have got to satisfy their advertisers. this is all about dollars and they will get more people to
watch it as they watch it on tape delay than they would have gotten iff they would have shown it live because more people would have been there in the evening. and they paid billions. everything is about the dollar. >> got that right. brenda is correct in terms of the rationale given by the sponsors and nbc the offer of nbc offered over a billion dollars. the bid wasn't close. nbc got the bid. they can do it however they want. >> what was it? >> 770 million. nbc over bid them by a huge percentage. a lot of people thought it was a ridiculous over bid but here is the thing. it's one of the things that there is no market research to say otherwise because nbc has yet to do it in this different way, in the internet age. so i would be very -- they are saying it. they are at this -- advertisers are saying it's a truism. more people will watch it, you know, and you have to satisfy
sponsors but they haven't tried it yet. i think if they tried it, they would see our viewing habits as a nation have changed dramatically. >> at&t and procter & gamble they want people watching they will obviously. >> right. to see their spot. janice in ryanbeck, new york. hi, janice. >> how are you? >> good morning. great. thank you. >> i just wanted to say falsettos i love the olympics but the olympics has done it again and showed that mitt romney is not presidential. when they asked who he thought was going to win in the competition, he picked phelps. when michelle obama was asked she said i am rooting for the americans. >> is that right? i didn't theory. >> yeah. yeah. when he said it, i said don't pick somebody. just be presidential. say you hope the race is good or whatever. he went out on a limb and he picked phelps and phelps cape in
fourth. >> romney may come in 4th, too. even though there two. >> he is a two-legged gaffomatic. he is the gaffeomatic. i have never seen anybody mess up a diplomatic trip to great britain. it's almost impossible. like george bush would drool on his shoe and tony blair would be: fast after the ilk. your drool is fantastic. you can't mess this up. it was a lay-up. the lay-up was missed. >> hard to do in the u.k. before we go let you go eileen is in bowling green, ohio. hi, eileen. >> hi, bill. hi everybody. >> how are you? >> three points, the cable, you had to have cable or satellite service in order to get the streaming video. >> true. >> a lot of people don't have that. i don't have an i phone, so, i
have no alternative because i was really upset about not seeing the opening ceremony live. one of the things i think about the opening ceremony is that each country tells its own story. >> that's one thing i like about it. then i think nbc jinxed with the phelps because they pre-empted a portion of the awards review or the tribute to terrorism victims with an interview by brian seacrest of mr. phelps. there was no reason for them to do that. i was very upset about their coverage. i do like they have all of the things to the internet now but it's not offering the equal opportunity to everybody. >> all right. got it. hey, eileen got to run along. appreciate your call and dave, i think she echos your septemberntiment as well. >> good call irene. >> u.s.a. 1 ahead of china? china one ahead of us?
>> i don't know. >> we are just behind china. >> that's right. >> going to have a good showing? >> i think absolutely. the best showing is going to be done, i think, by the olympians themselves who made it. just being an o lim meian is one hell of an accomplishment. >> are you running for president? >> i am not. >> u.s.a. u.s.a. all right. hey, dave so great to have you in studio. thank you for coming in today. i will be back to say what the president is up to today. >> this is the bill press show. [ music ] dose of politics from a fresh perspective. >>i'm a slutty bob hope. the troops love me. >>only on current tv.
the games start and i am hooked again. i have to tell you i love the opening ceremonies. i thought it was such a funny and a bold and a self-deposit prec indicate deprecating portrait of the u.k. i loved seeing them on stage at the same time, loved the celebration of national health care. since then i have loved watching team u.s.a. ryan lochte. they made us proud. here i am cheering again for the olympics with all of you. it's great to watch team u.s.a. tomorrow, what a line-up, joe cereone, leo girrard, john wilhelm from think progress. come on back again tomorrow. >> this is the bill press show. [ ♪ theme music ♪ ]