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jasper. >> eric: that is it for us for "the five." thank you for watching. ♪ ♪ captioned by closed captioning services, inc >> bret: welcome to a special edition of "special report." i'm bret baier. we're live on the vegas strip in clark county, nevada, one of the swing counties that will likely determine the winner on election day. 99 days from today. there are 12 battleground states. we identified more than 30 key swing counties inside the states based on the voting patterns, key issues and demographics. those counties are marked in yellow on those map. we'll travel to a dozen of them in the next 99 days. here in nevada, if you are watching tv, almost every commercial break has at least one ad from a presidential campaign or a super-pac. sometimes several. nationally in the presidential race, the real clear politics average of recent polls has president obama up 1.8.
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in nevada according to the average of polls president leads by 5.3. politically, the silver state breaks down to two major counties. here in clark county, where two-third of the state estrenol cente'sregistered vote. two-third. they have advantage in union activity here. home to reno the republicans appear to have the advantage in organization and numbers. how the counties -- how the candidates do in these counties will decide who wins the state. we begin with president obama rolling the dice on a man who is very much a political wild card. the president is now counting on bill clinton as the ace in the hole. >> it's a gamble because former president clinton can veer off-message and is still upset about 2008. he has personally asked him to place his name in the
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nomination in primetime, hoping to grab the clinton mantle is a good bet. >> president obama spoke about clinton's success dealing with the economic challenges that the country faced when president clinton was in the white house. president clinton's record speaks for itself. >> republicans charge the current president is trying to piggyback on a better record. >> president clinton presided over economic propersty and it may remind people of what president obama is not. a leader on the economy. >> some of the presumptive nominee romney former rivals say the move may backfire. >> that will be a terrific opportunity for those of us who served with president clinton to point out that barack obama is no bill clinton. >> white house officials and former clinton aides beg to differ and say perhaps nobody in the democratic party is better at framing the arguments. >> i think it's a shrewd move by the obama campaign to tee up their convention.
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they will come out of the republican convention and president clinton will draw clear contrast. >> regardless of who is making that case, the biglicious be a sluggish economy. which top obama aides now admit the president owns. >> he understands where the buck stops. we also understand what we inherited. and what we can't go back to, which are the tried and tested ideas of four years ago which got us into this. >> clinton could help with the white working class voters in battleground like ohio, that obama visits wednesday. that may explain why romney camp is targeting the buckeye state with a web video to continue to exploit the "you didn't build that" flap. >> you have to be kidding me. he was trying to say hey, you didn't build that business on your own. the government helped you build it. that's what ticked me off more than anything. >> at the convention, the former president will be speaking on wednesday night which is usually reserved for the sitting vice president. top democrats insist vice
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president biden was not sleighted and will have a prominent role on thursday night right before president obama. bret? >> bret: ed henry live in the north lawn. thank you. senior political analyst brit hume has thoughts about president obama, president clinton and what it may mean for the november race. good evening. >> hi, bret. the convention role given bill clinton is proof that president obama is in deep trouble and he and his political handlers know it. polls continue to show the race tied or mr. obama slightly ahead. but other surveys point distinctly in another direction. one out today from the hill newspaper gives romney an edge with voters on three key qualities. sharing their values, being a stronger leader, and billion ang more honest and trustworthy. what is more, 93% of voters in the poll said policies and competence were more important than likability. likeability is an area that obama enjoyed an advantage. after that, the rasmussen survey voter 52% to 30% said
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economic growth was more important to them than economic fairness. fairness is a major theme for mr. obama and his party. with attacks on romney's business record and repeated the none too subtle appeals to the element of the base, obama is shooting for a big democratic turn-out in november. but gallup reports the number of democrats who say they are more enthusiastic about voting is at 39% down from 51% from four years ago. 51% of republicans are more enthusiastic and that is up from 2008. when you put this together with the continuing bad news on the economy, you know why mr. obama is suddenly reaching out to bill clinton. this is a distraction call. bret? >> bret: as always, thank you. democrats are taking steps to put support for gay marriage in the party platform at the summer convention. drafting committee unanimously approved the idea over the
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weekend. president obama voiced his personal support for same-sex unions earlier in year. same-sex marriage. several pastors including prominent church leaders voiced concern about the move. tim geithner and his german counterpart pushing for international cooperation and coordination in the face of the euro zone debt crisis. they met today in germany. the dow lost three today. the s&p 500 was up two-thirds. nasdaq was down 12. mitt romney did something today in poland that president obama could not do. get a meeting with one of the country's political heroes. chief political correspondent carl cameron is traveling with the governor in warsaw. >> on the time leg of his trip, mitt romney got a warm welcome in poland. with a growing economy outside the euro zone. cut taxes and government regulation. and has had a strained relationship with president obama. romney met with iconic former
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polish president, a hero of the cold war who invited romney and gave what the campaign considers an endorsement. >> i'm delighted that you would play in that role. >> translator: i wish you to be successful because success is needed for the united states, of course, but to europe as well and the rest of the world, too. governor romney, get your success. be successful. >> romney visited a monument for those who died in the solidarity movement against communism and the memorial where the first shots of world war ii were fired, in addition to meeting with the polish prime minister who has been a tough critic of russia. over the weekend in israel, romney took a harder line against iran's nuclear pursuit than the administration. demanding a halt to all iranian uranium enrichment, whether related to weapons or not. >> this gives us no reason to trust them with nuclear material. >> should diplomacy fail, romney said neither u.s. nor
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israel should rule out presymptive strike. >> no option should be excluded. we recognize israel's right to defend itself and right for america to stand with you. >> while romney said he would withhold criticism of president obama overseas he implied iran is testing american resolve and finding weakness where romney will show strength. >> the ayatollahs in tehran are testing the moral defenses. my message to the leaders in iran is one in the same. we will not look away. nor will my country ever look away from our passion and commitment to israel. >> romney noted his own warnings about the iranian threat in 2007. though he didn't specifically blame administration policy, it seemed implicit. >> i see in my view that iran's pursuit of nuclear weapon capability presents an intolerable threat to israel, america and the world. that threat has only become worse.
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>> from long-time friend benjamin netanyahu who seemed to criticize obama administration policies. >> we have to be honest a say the sanction of diplomacy so far have not kept back the iranians from one iota. >> romney held a fundraiser in jerusalem with the donors and referenced a book to suggest that culture determines outcomes and suggested it might explain why israel's economy is stronger than the palestinian's. palestinian officials reacted with outrage saying the statement sounded ignorant and racist. mr. romney said it was a gross mischaracterization of the views and the white house chimed in and said you have to be dareful what you say when -- careful what you say when you're on the international stage. bret? >> bret: carl cameron travelling with governor romney live in warsaw. thank you. i guess you had to be there. nancy pelosi, president obama and israel. that is later in the grapevin grapevine. up next, karl rove and joe trippi with where the electoral map stands in this
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race right now. no place has been hit harder than the housing boom and bust over the last decade than clark county, nevada. no place inside this county was hit harder than here in north las vegas. the housing prices are just starting to bounce back. to pre-bust levels. but foreclosures are still a real problem in a lot of the middle class neighborhoods. in fact, this part of the county still has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the nation. president obama has been here to the county touting efforts to bail out underwater homeowners and to slow the foreclosure rate with mixed results at best. housing is a big issue here. people want answers. we'll be back after this. oh, that's helpful! well, our company does that, too. actually, we invented that.
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>> bret: welcome back to las vegas. we're going to talk a few minutes about the magic number this november. the magic number is 270. 270 electoral votes presidency. let's bring back former bush senior advisor karl rove. and democratic strategist joe trippi to talk about the numbers. gentlemen, thank you for being here, as always. let's look at the map first of all and how this all breaks down. just to review, the blue states, deep blue are obama states currently. the red states are romney states. light blue lean obama. puncish lean obama -- pinkish lean obama.
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this is all based on the polls in the last 30 days. karl, what changed since we last saw you? >> we had v had a rash of polls in the last two weeks since we last looked at the map. seven states moved toward president obama and seven states moved toward governor romney. three tossup statutes -- colorado, michigan, ohio -- representing 43 electoral college votes moved in to lean obama. three states moved to romney. one change from a t tossup state to solid romney state, missouri. two states, minnesota and new mexico moved from obama to lean obama. now the net shift was about 58 more electoral college votes in to the lean obama category. ten more in the solid romney camp. the rest of the changes in the other states didn't affect the status. >> bret: joe, of those, what
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is the most significant in your mind? >> the move in the the midwest. wisconsin got better for obam obama. with michigan and ohio moving from tossup to lean obama. we start adding that up, obama is now up over 280 electoral votes, if you take obama strong states and obama lean states. that means romney now is in a position today where he has to win every single remaining tossup and get ohio or one of these lean obama states to come back in his direction. that is very significant. i think the first time we have had that number since we started looking at it. except in the very early stages when obama was ahead everywhere. >> bret: when you look at the polls, karl, you start to analyze where people are spending money. obviously, the obama campaign spent a lot of money trying to portray him a certain way. the romney campaign hasn't
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deployed their cash yet, have they? >> no, they haven't. let me say a quick thing before we delve in money. let's be clear. these are relatively minor changes. obama's gain were average of 2.3 points in the state that changed status. romney were 5.3 points on average in the states that changed status. obama while he gained in the lean obama category, lost in the solid obama category. is now down to the lowest number since we began tracking this, 17 179 electoral votes. romney is at the high, 111. that leaves south carolina, kentucky, tennessee, south dakota, texas, all of which in all likelihood are solid romney states. still in various different categories because we don't have polling in the states. if the they're all solid romney as i think joe and i would agree they are, we have 180 solid romney states to 179 obama states. this is tight as a tick. while there has been minor move in the the last week, for
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the first time in april there has been movement, more movement in electoral college votes for obama than romney. this is still tight as a tick. nothing is set in concrete. yes, money is going to matter. >> bret: yeah. >> deployment of money is going to matter. what we have essentially since may 15 when obama began tv advertising he will spend by the end of july, by tomorrow, north of $130 million. on the other hand, that is between obama and the dnc and outside allies. romney and outside allies will outspend that by a small amount. somewhere slightly north of $145 million. obama is looking for a cash advantage. sort of overwhelm romney in the months after he secured the nomination. that has not turned out to be the case. >> bret: joe, what about the deployment of money? >> well, look, on the money situation, it's clear what is keeping romney in the game is
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the money spent from the outside group, the super pac and the independent expenditures going on. clearly, given the differential in spending between obama and the romney campaign, it's the super pacs. the expenditures that are keeping romney up there. and putting him in the position he is in. i do agree with karl, look, this is tight. i'm just saying it isn't today for the first time when you do take obama the strong obama and lean obama, it's tight across the board. romney now has to win all the tossups and take ohio or one of the lean obama states back. >> bret: joe, karl, as always, thank you. see you in a couple of weeks. coming up next, shannon bream with a story about new questions on the usama bin laden raid. "special report" on the road from clark county, nevada, continues after this.
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the number of illegal immigrants here dropped from 2007 when there was a construction and tourism boom, a study of the state of nevada overall last year suggests that it has the highest percentage still of any state of illegal immigrants in the workforce. 12%. the hispanic population in clark county has almost doubled from 2000 to 2010. about 300,000 to 600,000. the you issue of illegal immigration, emotional and dividing the electorate with unemployment rate of 12% here, most people don't think the issue trumps the economy overall. or the housing issue. "special report" will be back after this. this is new york state. we built the first railway, the first trade route to the west, the greatest empires. then, some said, we lost our edge. well today, there's a new new york state. one that's working to attract businesses and create jobs.
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>> bret: welcome back to caesar's palace in las vegas. chairman of the house intelligence committee tells fox news that the national security leaks are still happening. says president obama has not done enough to plug them. they have forced cancellation of some operations and changes to others. >> this is very clear that somebody who had access to the white house situation room had very senior, overt action, classified material, was responsible for some of the leaks. that is not a big group of people. >> bret: one of president obama's cam pape catch phrases is general motors is still alive, but usama bin laden is dead. correspondent shannon bream tells us there are new questions tonight about how long the president waited before pulling the trigger on the terror leader. >> reporter: in his new book "leading from behind" due out august 21, best selling author claims plans to take out usama bin laden were reptedly
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stalled and nearly derailed by top presidential advisor valerie jarret. "obama canceled the mission three times at the urging of valerie jarret," according to an official with the joint special forces command who had knowledge of the operation. obama canceled the mission in january, february and third time in march 2011. but u.s. special operations command spokesman tells fox news, "admiral mcgriffin, commanderer of u.s. special operations command says he was the only representative from jaysoc at any of the meetings concerning ubl and the president's support for the mission never wavered." he alleges that jarret's constant worries about the impact of a failed attempt began to fray her relationship with other top administration officials. "she exercised her rasputin like magic over obama, the bitter fight for the c.i.a. director and secretaries of state and defense.
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jarret warned that obama could be blamed in the operation went awry." principal deputy white house secretary josh earnist today shot down the report. >> it's an utter fabrication. it seems clear that doesn't know what he is talking about. miss jarret was not on the operation on the mission against usama bin laden. >> reporter: the mission was reportedly scrapped the day before it was successfully carried out because of weather. but attain report narse day showed ideal condition. bret? >> bret: shannon, thank you. the american government wasted more than $200 million of your tax dollars to train iraqi police that iraqis say they neither need nor want pay cording to an auditor's report. says iraqi political leaders never embraced the effort, centerpiece of the american training effort of that country. syria's top diplomat in london
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is the latest to defect over the civil war. united nations says fighting fig in the syria largest city led 200,000 syrians to flee in the last ten days. france is calling for urgent meeting of the u.n. security council. is there a fashion double standard for candidates' wives? and nancy pelosi means what she says, or does she? the grapevine is next. first, meet solis, a small business owner trying to make ends meet in a tough economic environment. >> i own a salon. i have for 13 years. driving, until the economy fell. >> how bad is it? >> it's really bad. i'm having to put money in to keep the doors open. >> what is the biggest issue for you do you think? >> the uncertainty.
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i am so worried about obamacare. i can't afford to pay for insurance for my employees. i'll have to close my doors. >> you have to close? >> i will. >> no doubt about it in your mind? >> no doubt about it. none. i can stand here and tell you that. the costs are all going up. there is where i don't understand either. talking about the taxing the rich guy. that rich guy happens to be my landlord. if they tax him, i guarantee he is going to pass it on to me. all of our supplies, beauty supplies, that is the big guy. theod costs almost doubled. so i'm supposed to charge more money to people who aren't making money? that makes no sense. the people i talk to, i have a lot of people who voted for our president. a lot of them. but it's like they want the same, more of the same? people depend on you, give them a place to work.
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>> bret: now some fresh pickings from the political grapevine. the jewish vote could be key to winning the presidency. both sides are courting it. house minority leader nancy pelosi had this to say in an interview friday. >> president obama has been the strongest person in terms of sanctions on iran, which has been the strongest person on whether it's david slaying any of these weapon systems and initiatives that relate israel. he has been there. over and over again. >> bret: weekly standard editor and fox news contributor bill kristol writes the president has not been there over and over again. he has only been to israel twice. never as president. leader pelosi's office says
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clearly she was referring to the president being there for israel and that his policies have been and will continue to be strong. first lady michelle obama attended a recession at buckingham palace friday and she dressed to impress. the "washington post" says mrs. obama wore this $6800 jacket. the paper captioned her photo "fit for a queen truly." but the same publication had harsher words for ann romney when she wore this t-shirt in may. the post headline then was "ann romney, $990 t-shirt is indicative of tone deaf campaign." finally, the french are fed up with the self-ascribed rudeness citing it's the top source of stress. they're trying to tackle the campaign with a summer campaign against rudeness. they posted ads. one reads one bonjour doesn't cost a thing and it changes your day.
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now to something that does cost a lot of money. national security. a group of republican senators is hitting the road warning of dire consequences because of mandatory defense cuts. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel is in norfolk, virginia. good evening. >> good evening. >> three key republicans including arizona senator john mccain saying president obama has been m.i.a., or missing in action, on the looming half-trillion dollars in defense cuts. lawmakers have been visiting major military towns in key battleground states. florida, north carolina, here in virginia, and new hampshire, to put pressure on elected officials and explain what is at stake. >> there is a difference between reforming the pentagon and spending and destroying the institution. that is what we brought up here. >> to put in perspective, one year of sequestration is the entire shipbuilding budget for the navy, the aviation budget
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for the navy and two years of maintaining the ship which is important to the navy. that is what is at stake here. >> florida senator bill nelson, a democrat sent a letter of report to his republican colleagues writing "when you get right down to it, we must have a robust and healthy pentagon budget for a simple reason. our national defense. you can count on my bipartisan cooperation." dick durbin, the number two democrat in the senate suggested sunday that president obama could do more to help. but there has been emphasis on this being congress' problem. >> the goal of the sequester is to raise the stakes, and this is a goal that is shared by the republicans and democrats. there is no doubt that congressional failure to take action on this will have very, very serious consequences. >> house republicans note they passed the plan in may, with what they call common sense
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savings. after three stops today, the tour wraps up tomorrow in new hampshire. bret? >> bret: mike emanuel live in norfolk tonight. thank you. the suspect in the colorado theater massacre has been charged with 24 counts of first degree murder. two counts for each victim. james holmes was charged with 116 counts of attempted murder. no cameras were allowed in the courtroom today. when we come back, clark county and nevada in focus. we'll talk about the issues that will decide the november election here with the local guests. but first, meet a local restaurant owner. >> i have been in business 50 years. 41 in new york. then i came to vegas to retire. but i opened up a place. because nobody else had a place like this. >> what is your biggest concern as a business owner here? >> the bank, they should reduce the mortgages, less what the houses are worth in order for the economy to pick up.
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you know? the economy is going to stay dead unless they do that. >> in other words, the underwater homeowners take the mortgages down so they cut the pay? >> that is the biggest thing. that is the biggest thing. if somebody has to pay $3,000, maybe they could pay $1,000 or have another $1,000 to spend. >> do you have a sense whether obama will win nevada or not? >> whoever wins doesn't help us. only helps maybe the rich people. that's all. you know? >> so those statements about the middle class really taking it and rich getting richer, you identify with that? >> for what i see that i'm in this country for 50 years, everything is going down. it doesn't matter who goes up there, they're all the same. i think about politicians, they're crooks. >> crooks? >> crooks, yes. the global ready one ? yeah, but you won't need... ♪ hajimemashite. hajimemashite. hajimemashite.
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>> bret: welcome back to las vegas, we're joined by a special local panel here, going to talk a little politics and a little bit about the current environment. we are at hash house ago-go in ve glass. a couple numbers are important. real politics average of polls in the state has obama up 5.3%. average of recent polls. other numbers are important. unemployment statewide is # 1.6% -- 11.6%. in clark county area it's closer to 12%.
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nevada is no longer the top state for foreclosure but still in the top three. one out of 3 # 3 nevada homes -- 313 nevada homes had a foreclosure let's bring in the panel. laura meyers. and elizabeth, publisher of nevadanews.com. start with you, laura. the dynamic here, for this presidential race, just been here a little while. every ad on tv seems like a commercial. this is ground zero. in clark county, two-third of the voters are here. >> it's been this way for two months. or a month. obama won this four years ago and romney thinks he can pick it up this cycle. >> bret: obama won by 12
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points in 2008. president bush won by three in 2000 and 2004. is there a chance that the republicans could play here? as it's setting up now. look at the polls it seems pretty close. >> there is a chance. the difference is four years ago the democrats had 100-voter advantage by registration. now that is about less than half of that. 44, 48,000. so the democrats are trying to get the advantage but the republicans are trying to come back by registering the voters and particularly up in northern nevada as well. trying to run up a number in northern and rural nevada to balance out the democratic advantage in clark county. >> bret: brandon, you run a business here. what is the big concern for you? >> government involvement in small businesses plays a huge part. obviously, expanding. one of the few that are expanding right now. so we feel lucky to do that
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now. >> looking ahead to healthcare when it's in place makes a big difference for you? >> absolutely. for all small businesses. all the people that are small businesses. two are watching closely -- we are watching closely. it becomes a huge issue for us. >> bret: so if the margins shrink -- >> the margins shrink. >> because of food prices. >> we lose it on a bonus. >> there are so many pancakes that it offsets the cost of our food costs. a lot of people don't know. >> you measure it on pancakes? will >> would you say you are feeling uncertain about the future? >> uncertain is a good word. >> bret: a lot of people like brandon and the question is how does it play out? the top issue in the state. >> the economy and jobs.
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number one for working class people. but obviously the economy for business owners. as well, the obamacare mandate. which don't go into effect until 2014, but the business openers already i think are looking ahead, trying to calculate what the cost will be to their businesses. the slow uptick gives us feeling of stagnation. i don't think the whole field, things are getting tremendous better and fast. it will be a long road to recovery. no matter who is elected. >> the issue of immigration here, clark county had a 42% in population. but 88% increase in hispanic population. how does it play politically? >> politically, hispanics are a growing power in the state. they were 15% of the
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electorate in 2008 and 2010. democrats are trying to run that up. that's not the number one issue. when president obama takes a step that is pro-immigration, like allowing young people to stay and get work permit, it fires up the latinos who say we have to get out and vote for him, because he is our friend. so it helps with the get out the vote effort. >> bret: is illegal immigration and how each candidate stands, is that a big issue in clark county, nevada? >> i think among latino vote voters, mitt romney, with some of his comments in the primary. i don't think one, a lot of friends in the hispanic community talking about self-deportation. there are so many latino families in this state. even those who are here legally who know people, have family members and people living in the household who may not be here legally or
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trying to find a way to stay. a very emotional issue for the voting bloc. if democrats turn out latinos in high numbers, i believe they are shooting for 18% is their goal. if they do that or come close to that, that is a big part of the game here in nevada. i also want to add that in nevada, it's not just about the democratic or the republican voter numbers. we have a large number of nonpartisan voters in state. approaching in the next couple of cycles to a couple hundred thousand nonpartisan voters. they tend to lean libertarian or conservative but they are a tough crowd to game, which way they will go. that is one thing that makes it swing in battle ground state as well. >> bret: brenda, do you think a lot of people are paying attention like you are? >> i do. >> bret: how do you see it shaping up right now, brendan? >> a lot of things factor in,
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especially las vegas. talking about immigration. that becomes in the background with the jobs and the housing market and things that are people's minds. i think we just kind of take all of that in to account. >> bret: because of food prices, you are making some decisions about how you operate. >> absolutely. food costs is a huge issue. it's a huge issue with a lot of small business restaurants. >> bret: listen, we appreciate you having us here. i think we're going to have pancakes after we're done here. thanks so much. we'll be back with the national panel from washington after this. [ kate ] most women may not be properly absorbing the calcium they take because they don't take it with food. switch to citracal maximum plus d. it's the only calcium supplement that can be taken with or without food. that's why my doctor recommends citracal maximum. it's all about absorption.
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president clinton is going to reinforce the message that obama himself will lay out a
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day or two later, which is his belief if we will strengthen our economy over the long-term we need to strengthen the middle class, investing the middle class and growing the economy from the middle out. >> president clinton resided over period of relative economic per sperty and it may remind people of what obama is not. a leader on the economy. >> bret: the obama campaign is tapping former president bill clinton with a speaking role at the democratic congress vention and talking more about the clinton economy. also, we'll wrap up the romney trip as he continues overseas. time to talk to the fox all-stars in washington. bill kristol editor of "weekly standard." a.b. stoddard associate editor of the hill. syndicated columnist charles krauthammer. a.b., what about clinton's role on the dnc? >> republicans are feeling sour about it because they know that clinton is obama's best hope, the best focus for the convention. i don't think it's a big risk.
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i don't think bill clinton will pay him back with some off the reservation remark. best thing for hillary clinton and bill clinton and the best thing for president obama. i think bill clinton will be reminding, he is good housekeeping seal of approval for the wavering democrats. reminding the democrats and independents watching that his record paired historic deficit reduction with 20 million new jobs and he will critique romney's approach to the economy and the republican economic policies. i think he is the best spoke spokesman that obama could have put forward at the convention, especially on a big sports night that threatens their viewership. i think it's a win-win for all three of them. >> bret: charles, does this indicate a weakness with perhaps middle class white voters with the obama campaign? and remember, last time former president clinton went out he started by saying we should keep going with all of the bush tax cuts.
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>> right. it's a sign of weakness. he wouldn't be calling on the old heavyweight to come out of retirement unless obama thought if he was ahead by ten points or five, having successful economy. he wouldn't ask them to come out. this is mostly special democratic politics. if there were a large number of diseffected hillary acolite that went for obama in the general election, 2008, a largeer number today after the performance of the last four years. thinking how it would have been had hillary been the tom knee and then the president. a way to shore up those votes. i don't think it has appeal outside the democratic party. after all, clinton is not like obama. clinston a guy who -- clinton who declared big government is over. obama lives by decree if you built it, it wasn't you, it was the government. completely different. center left democrat and man of the left. that is i think it will be highlighted by that speech. and not going to be mitigated.
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>> bret: bill, governor romney is over in poland now, after moving on from israel. his speech said be my to be strong on iran. take listen to this. >> we must lead the effort to prevent iran building and possessing nuclear weapons capability. we should employ any and all measures to dissuade the iranian regime from the nuclear course. it is ourer if vent hope that dip -- fervent hope that democratic efforts will do so. in the final analysis no option should be excluded. we recognize israel's right to defend itself and it's right for america to stand with you. [ applause ] >> bret: bill, what about the trip? >> well, london part was frothy but the jerusalem part was home run, i think. governor romney is pro-israel and recognized jerusalem as the capital of israel. stands with israel. facing iran. and the government of people
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of israel are pro-romney. that does not just appeal to jewish voters. that appeals to americans who are pro-israel, which most americans are. governor romney very adeptly highlighted the distance between president obama, and the government and the state of israel. without criticizing president obama and without mentioning by name, nonetheless, the speech and the meetings. netanyahu and visiting the western wall highlighted that the fact he is unequivocally pro-israel. sympathy i think with the people and the state of israel. visiting the western wall. that was a striking picture on the front page of the newspaper today. especially because president obama has not been to israel as president of the united states. >> bret: a.b., the obama campaign said this to reporters, "when you look at this trip, it seems clear it's a bunch of fundraisers and photo tops and fumbles so we're not sure that romney is moving the ball forward or he is passing the threshold he needs to meet to the american people whether he's prepared to be commander in chief."
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they're trying to jump on this trip. are they doing a good job? >> i agree that the israel portion of the trip has gone well. strong message to evangelical voters back at home, that romney can be trusted with his support for israel. actually, he didn't really say anything different policy wise from the obama administration. many of the things he said, president obama has said recently. apac speech and other remarks. it was romney's tone and the nuensy and his confidence that were -- his fluency and confidence that were effective after a disastrous trip to london. but in terms of the trip to israel, old friends with the prime minister. he is able to finesse a few fundraisers and politicize it without stepping in it too much. i actually think it was probably an effective trip. for people paying attention, mostly to what he said, it looked good. >> bret: charles? >> romney perrmance in
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israel is a master stroke. it's true that the words were rough when obama had said but it wasn't only the tone. it was the nuance. diplomacy is in code. and romney had one middle easterners understand. he spoke of iran. obama also said israel has a right to defend itself. but that was in the abstract. romney added as we saw in the clip that america will be with you ; meaning, obama says you can defend yourself but we know behind the scenes he is giving a red light, speaking about leaking stuff to indicate israeli strike would and succeed. romney saying if you do it, i'll stand with you. you don't have to worry about america punishing you afterwards. also on iran acquiring nuclear weapons, obama has said that, but romney spoke about acquiring the knowledge, the capacity. building. obama concedeed on uranium
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enrichment. romney says no, we want to stop the program. these are huge differences understood in the middle east without attacking obama. that is why it's a great success. >> bret: all right, panel. thank you. stay tuned for a preview of our west coast swing. want to g♪ ♪ i want to win [ breathes deeply ] ♪ this is where the dream begins ♪ ♪ i want to grow ♪ i want to try ♪ i can almost touch the sky [ male announcer ] even the planet has an olympic dream. dow is proud to support that dream by helping provide greener, more sustainable solutions from the olympic village to the stadium. solutionism. the new optimism.™ ♪ this dream
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